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Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (Felse #6)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  386 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Singers and musicians are gathered for a course in folk music that will occupy a weekend in the fantastic country mansion called Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have non-musical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings “Black, black, black is the color of my true-love’s heart!" she clearly has a message for someone in the ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 1967)
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Maureen E
When I started this book and found that it was going to be about folk singers in the 1960s, I winced. I’ve read several mysteries where young people of that era figure and even if the author treats them with some kindness, it’s always that heavy-handed “oh those silly dears” kindness. Well, I did Ellis Peters a wrong. I think she must have been something of a folk song enthusiast herself (or maybe I should say ballad–she seems to prefer that term). I kind of called the twist, but I read her for ...more
While most people know Peters' Brother Cadfael series, I think her Inspector Felse series is much better. Freed from the demands of setting a story in a medieval setting, Peters' writing just sings. And listening to it in Simon Prebble's voice--the textbook definition of 'plummy'--is almost a sensuous experience, for those who love language.

Beyond just the writing, Peters creates wonderful characters--and settings--full of depth and nuance. They seem to spring from the earth of the Welsh border
A weekend seminar on folk music is meeting on an historical estate, called Follymead for the wild imagination that was employed in its buildings and grounds. Amid this sinister, beautiful environment, musicians and specialists give performances almost as dramatic as the clash of huge personalities going on behind the scenes. Ellis Peters created some splendid characters in her time, and in BLACK IS THE COLOUR OF MY TRUE-LOVE'S HEART she may have reached her zenith.

My favorite Contemporary Myster
Mary Miller
I read this perhaps thirty years ago when I was in the midst of devouring Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. I decided to revisit it to see if it stood up to my memory of it. "Black is the Color..." is part of an earlier series that she wrote--the Inspector Felse books, which also feature his son Dominic.
Is it possible for a mystery to be gentle and beautiful? In this case the answer is yes. Peters set this mystery in a college hosting a weekend folk music seminar. She weaves the music into t
I rather like this author's Brother Cadfael books - but this was terrible! The first few chapters wandered between 3rd-limited POV (a few different characters) and Omni...or more correctly, an attempt at Omni that really didn't work. I got annoyed by head-hopping, and then seriously confused by same. Wait - whose head are we in now? And who are we talking to? And by the way, who are we talking about?

And then there was the bit where she described the grounds of the Stately Home as "Victorian Goth
Roland Clarke
Clever plot and well written, but too erudite a style for me - although that was in keeping with its setting against the background of a folk/ballad music weekend. Ellis Peters does know how to take you down dark pathways.
Nov 19, 2013 Tanya rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, crime, uk
I liked this book, but didn't love it. I've read quite a few of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books, and I think I like those better. Mainly I think for the juxtaposition of crime with the completely un-modern settings. However that said, if another Felse book came my way I'd certainly give it a try.

As for this story itself, it was easy enough reading, but I felt it wrapped up a bit quickly. I got a bit lost with all the folksy stuff - I've never been one for reading long passages of poetry or s
Astrid Neumeier
The first time I read this book, I made it about 3/4 of the way through before I got interested in something else. When I picked it up again a year later the plot was vaguely familiar, but I didn't remember it very well. I guess it didn't make a huge impression on me. The writing is fine, the mystery is fine, and I liked the story okay... but I didn't find any of the characters particularly interesting or sympathetic (except Felse), so I don't think it held my interest all that well. Not somethi ...more
Honestly, this read more like Brother Cadfael catapulted into the twentieth century than it did Inspector Felse. And while I love and adore Brother Cadfael ... I prefer to read him in his own setting, not horning in on Felse's territory.

Or maybe I'm just bitter because Bunty only gets a brief moment in this book.

Either way, it is a good book, just not one of the strongest in this particular series.
I have been re-reading some of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books and found a sequel to Piper on the Mountain. I like the style of Peters and enjoyed this book. She does paint a lovely visual picture while creating some interesting mysteries.
Jennifer Lundstrom
Really good mystery because I couldn't figure it out, but I finally did before the end. However, terribly sad story. It did not leave me with any good feelings. Too many negative things in this one for me.
I love Ellis Peters, there's no way denying that. Her writing style is simply amazing.
Admittedly, she could have written the story without giving all these hints in the end, but I still loved it.
Murder at a folk festival at a remote mansion. Ellis Peters writes an excellent British whodunit. I enjoy reading her novels and have read most of the Felse series.
This was a book that really grabbed me. I love Ellis Peters anyway and this is one of the best. The recording by Simon Prebble was fabulous!
I always enjoy a good Ellis Peters mystery- especially one with the Felses!
Better series than I expected. Good mysteries.
I couldn't get engaged in this book.
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Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Hor
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