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Face Down Among the Winchester Geese (Susanna, Lady Appleton #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
She heard him come up behind her, expected him to turn her in his arms and embrace her with a lover's enthusiasm. Instead, his forearm abruptly cut off her supply of air as it pressed into her throat.

A harsh whisper, close to her ear, was the last thing she heard before one abrupt movement snapped her neck.

"Whore," her murderer said. "No better than a Winchester goose."

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 12th 1999 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Maureen E
Nov 01, 2011 Maureen E rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first few books in this series, but parts of this one severely tested my suspension of disbelief. Not sure if I’ll keep going with the series or not. [Oct. 2011]
Jul 26, 2009 Booklogged rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I am really enjoying this series of murder mysteries that take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
In April 1563, Susanna and her husband, Sir Robert Appleton, courtier and occasional spy for Queen Elizabeth, are residing in London at Sir Robert's insistence, though Susanna would be much happier at Leigh Abbey, her ancestral home in Kent. A mysterious young Frenchwoman comes calling to see Robert. The next day she is found murdered near a brothel, a goose feather lying close to her body.
Dec 14, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
After reading her book on how to write historical mysteries, I was of course interested in reading one of her mysteries. This was the first one I laid my hands on. I was intrigued by Lady Appleton's not-so-happily-ever-after marriage and the fact that she actually considers her husband a possible suspect in the murders she is trying to solve.
I enjoyed the voice, setting and other things that made this unique from other historical mysteries, and I will be reading more about Lady Appleton.
Nov 27, 2011 Evy rated it liked it
Shelves: wishlist
This is the third in the Face down series. I enjoy these mysteries and the main character is quite independent. I would not put them down as literary masterpieces but for a nice read they are enjoyable. The main Character, Lady Appleton, has been developing as the series progresses and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Janice Jacobovitz
Jul 26, 2016 Janice Jacobovitz rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the series that I have read. The existence of a serial killer in Elizabethan England is an interesting premise. I am interested enough to continue with the series. There are some historical discrepancies, so beware if you're a stickler for historical details. I enjoyed the story in spite of the gaps.
I am still enjoying this series, though this one seemed a little less developed than previous installments. The dynamic between Susanna and her husband is interesting and sort of unusual, but I have to say, I've been rooting for him to "be disappeared" for the past few books. Not sure I'm getting my wish but I'll take it as a win.
Feb 25, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
The personal story line is moving along very well and using the actual historic conflicts in both politics and religion very well. The mysteries are a means to expose the social situation in a time of dramatic changes.
Feb 22, 2014 Helen rated it did not like it
Terrible! Heaps of historical errors and stilted writing style trying to emulate period England. If you want to see how it's done, try Barbara Hambly & her vampire series.
Oooohhhh, I really do dig these Lady Appleton mysteries.. and without going to much into it, what a surprise in the turn of events!!
Sep 26, 2010 Lindig rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very interesting, well-written. If you're curious about the Elizabethan age, this would suit you. This is #3 in the series.
Jan 27, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it
Finding her husband is less a man than she thought Susanna continues to look for the truth in all areas of society I will continue to follow this series
Meg Mims
Oct 14, 2014 Meg Mims rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was the BEST of the series, in my opinion. Great hook of an opening, a great plot and tension.
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Another great mystery. I'll be interested to see how the sub-plot with her husband turns out.
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