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A Head for Poisoning (Sir Geoffrey Mappestone #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
On the way home to his castle in Wales, one of Geoffrey de Mappestone's knights is killed during an ambush. The knight had claimed to be carrying an important message for the King, but when Geoffrey tries to deliver it, he is faced with the King's orders to spy on his own family to ferret out a traitor.Meanwhile, the future of the family estate is already in jeopardy, and ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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LJ
A HEAD FOR POISONING (Hist. Mys-Sir Geoffrey Mappestone-England-1101) - VG
Beaufort, Simon (aka Susanna Gregory) – 2nd in series
St. Martin’s Press, 1999, US Hardcover – ISBN: 031220549X

First Sentence: The early morning mist lay thick and white across the river, and there was a chill in the air.

Upon hearing that his father is dying, Sir Gregory Mappestone heads back to his family’s home, Goodrich Castle. But rather than a warm family reception, he finds a feud between his family and their Welch ne
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Sharon
It seems to me that Geoffrey Mappestone is one of the densest "sleuths" I have ever read. He gets pretty confused from all the different people's statements, lies and suppositions. Not one of my favorites. In this book, he returns home from the Crusades to see his dying father who is a tyrant and in the process runs into a hornet's nest of brothers, sisters, and sister-in-laws as well as bringing home some of his comapnions from the Crusades--not all of whom are honest or loyal.
Ann
Sir Geoffrey Mappestone returns home after an absence of twenty years to find his father slowly dying of poison, convinced one of his offspring is responsible. The castle and village are in disarray, the siblings are fighting over the inheritance and there is the usual uncertainty of life in the 1100s.
Georgia Lengyel
Very well written book.
Cece
What a toxic bunch of relatives Geoffrey has. No wonder he stayed away 20 years. The group became annoying to read about after a while. Started cheering for the alpha villian in hopes he would dispatch them all in one fell swoop.
Gigi
I liked it, but not as much as the first one in this series.
David
Oct 13, 2013 David added it
2nd I have read in this series. Kept me entertained
Mary G.
Very good. What a wonderful crazy family.
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AKA Susanna Gregory with Beau Riffenburgh.
Simon Beaufort is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction.
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