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Face Down Under the Wych Elm (Susanna, Lady Appleton #5)

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Wealthily widowed and fiercely independent herbalist Lady Susanna Appleton sets out to save her former nemesis from being burned at the stake.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Kensington (first published 2000)
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Aug 06, 2008 Ilze rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ilze by: Bev is a wych elm
This book is excellent! When I first started reading it, I thought it'd be a difficult one to get through: but naye, naye! In spite of Emerson's attempts to keep the English "old" (with me constantly reaching for the dictionary), she manages to keep the suspense high enough for you to desperately want to find out what happens next. She also manages to explain several historical practices that are unfamiliar to readers from the twentieth century. This being akin to a Carolyn Keene detective story ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Beka rated it really liked it
Another baffling mystery solved by the clever Lady Appleton. I love mysteries (like this) where you get a lot of different ideas about who the murderer could be. It's no fun to guess too far ahead of time, but it's also not fun to be completely stumped. I like getting to guess along with the detective, and then to realize the truth at the same time as them (or just a paragraph or two before). What I didn't like about this book was how easy it was to get someone convicted of witchery; unfortunate ...more
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Aug 01, 2009 Karen the Comic Seller rated it really liked it
I've got to stop beginning series in the middle - this is the 5th book in the series, and now I've got to find the other 4!!
Well crafted mystery, done in Elizabethan England, and as far as I can tell, historically correct.
But more importantly, Susanna, Lady Appleton, is a very engaging character - witty, smart, independent - perhaps ahead of her time - but still within her time. The mystery is plausible for the period - two women accused of witchcraft - and Lady Appleton can only prove them inno
Jun 25, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Much better than the previous book in the series, this story follows one of Lord Appleton's old mistresses who is accused of witchcraft/murder along with her spinster cousin. Lady Appleton gets involved when she finds out, because it reminds her too much of her own false imprisonment in the last book. The mystery wasn't that difficult or surprising to figure out, but it's well plotted and well done, and seems fairly realistic to the time period. This is well worth the read, so don't get discoura ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Booklogged rated it really liked it
A former mistress of Lady Appleton's late husband is charged with witchcraft and Susanna decides to help her with great peril to herself. I give this book a rating of 4. I am really enjoying this series, it's definitely a step above most cozy mysteries. Emerson writes intelligently and depicts the time period well.
Jun 29, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it
One of Sussanna's husband's previous lovers, Constance Crane, is accused of witchcraft along with her cousin Lucy. This conveniently removes them from entangled lines of inheritance.
Apr 25, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the "Lady Appleton" series so far. I could have used another chapter at the end just to wrap up the story, though.
Feb 18, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it
I love this series. The descriptions of Elizabethan England is wonderful and the protagonist is a gentle born strong woman who wants to see justice done. Get hooked on this series!
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Kathy Lynn Emerson began writing as a child: a newspaper for her dolls and then a rambling adventure series featuring characters from all her favourite television shows. On reaching adulthood, she moved from New York State to attend college in rural Maine. Here she met her future husband in the first week. They married two weeks after graduation and
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