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A Dangerous Deceit

3.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
February, 1927. The remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath the snow in the grounds of Maxtead Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family. Meanwhile, Margaret Rees-Talbot is preparing for her wedding to the Rev Symon Scroope - to the disapproval of some residents of the small market town of Folbury, who think it's too soon after the death of Margaret's ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Severn House Publishers
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Khamneithang Vaiphei
Nov 20, 2013 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it really liked it
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A Dangerous Deceit by Marjorie Eccles is a murder mystery set in the English countryside of Folbury in the 1920s. Margaret Rees-Talbot is excited about her approaching marriage to Simon Scroope, who is both a Vicar and a member of the British aristocracy. But her happiness is overshadowed by her grief over the recent death of her father, Boer War hero Osbert Rees-Talbot, whom she had idolized. There is deep concern that her father might have committed suicide.

And in a strange coincidence the bod
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Jennifer
Aug 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A Dangerous Deceit, by Marjorie Eccles, is a wonderful Golden Era-style mystery. Ms. Eccles is best known as the author of the Gil Mayo series, which takes place in a modern English village. A Dangerous Deceit, on the other hand, takes place in the years after World War I, and do a great job in capturing that era.
Although she is still reeling from the death of her father, Margaret Rees-Talbot looks forward to her marriage to Symon Scroope, who is both a Vicar and a member of the British aristoc
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Melissa
Nov 12, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
The preview sounded like a great little mystery...and the fact that the book was only 220 pages made this seem appealing. But it just didn't deliver.

"February, 1927. The remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath the snow in the grounds of Maxtead Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family. Meanwhile, Margaret Rees-Talbot is preparing for her wedding to the Rev Symon Scroope - to the disapproval of some residents of the small market town of Folbury, who think it's too soon afte
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Susan
In 1927 England, most of the bad memories are those of the Great War--but many still remember the Boer war. Osbert Rees-Talbot certainly does--he left his arm behind in Africa. At his daughter's urging, he's writing a brief book on the history of the war, until he dies in a suspicious accident. Lady Maude, mother of Osbert's daughter's fiance, also has memories of South Africa which she has never revealed. The ending is surprising, but the characters I found most interesting--Osbert's independen ...more
Karen Douglass
Jan 11, 2014 Karen Douglass rated it liked it
Well plotted, believable characters, post-WWI England w/South Africa connection. Nicely done.
Maine Colonial
Oct 01, 2013 Maine Colonial rated it liked it
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World War I and its aftermath have been fertile ground for mysteries set in the UK, with Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear being just two authors who have tilled that field. Marjorie Eccles goes back a little further for her inspiration: The Second Boer War of 1899-1902.

In this English-village mystery, set in Folbury, Margaret Rees-Talbot is engaged to clergyman Symon Scroope and, while she is happily in love, her happiness is tempered by her grief over her beloved father's recent death. It's
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Ann Sloan
Dec 01, 2013 Ann Sloan rated it did not like it
The Net Galley description: A February, 1927. The remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath the snow in the grounds of Maxstead Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family. Meanwhile, Margaret Rees-Talbot is preparing for her wedding to the Rev. Symon Scroope - to the disapproval of some residents of the small market town of Folbury, who think it's too soon after the death of Margaret's father Osbert, found drowned in his bath a few months previously. An accident - or was there ...more
LeAnne
May 18, 2014 LeAnne rated it it was amazing
A good read...started and finished it in one day. This is the second book I've read by Marjorie Eccles. It was a real page turner for me. Set in England in 1927, life in a small village where a man's body is found loosely buried and discovered months later when the snow melts. Little by little more is learned connecting two families, one aristocratic and one at a slightly lower social level. Touches of Downton Abby times and lifestyles. Good mystery.
Deborah
Mar 17, 2014 Deborah rated it it was ok
It was OK, but what an abrupt ending!! Nothing really wrapped up well and lots of questions unanswered.
Mo
Jul 12, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

This book would have merited 4 full stars had it not been for the ending. It felt very rushed to me, and most of the "mysteries" were a bit too simplistic. I had been enjoying it very much right up until the end, but unfortunately was left feeling somewhat let down by the concluding chapter.

NOTE: I really don't understand the average low ratings (here on Goodreads) for most of this author's novels. This is the fourth book I have read by Ms. Eccles, and have liked them all. I will cont
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Laura Lynch-miller
Mar 03, 2014 Laura Lynch-miller rated it liked it
Murder mystery written by Brittish auther. Fluff, but entertaining enough.
PWRL
Apr 16, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Superquest
Mar 03, 2015 Superquest rated it it was ok
Not quite three stars for this one, although it had a lot of potential. Several characters were offered that I might have connected with: Joe, Margaret, Symon, even Maude -- but none of them were followed enough through the book. Viewpoints changed often, without giving me a central character. I ended the book feeling like a remote observer (and not really caring how it ended).
MaryAnn
This was a moderately interesting read, but I found it somewhat difficult to get through. Perhaps too many distractions! Would like to know more about the Boer War.
A.c.m
Dec 13, 2013 A.c.m rated it it was ok
The book introduced characters and drew me in....then went on tangent after tangent never really finishing what made me start reading in the first place.
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Marjorie Eccles has written several romantic and crime novels, which have been published both in the UK and in the US. Many of her book shave been translated and serialised around the world. She has one grown up son and now lives in Hertfordshire
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