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The Will and the Deed

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The reading of the will of legendary diva Antonia Byrne turns out to hold some unpleasant surprises for her nearest and dearest: one way or another, none of them get quite what they are expecting.

And when a quirk of Fate maroons the mourners in a tiny snowbound mountain village for Christmas, it is inevitable that feelings will be far from festive.

But what no one could pre
Mass Market Paperback, 244 pages
Published 1991 by Headline (first published 1960)
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Andrea Hickman Walker
Sep 08, 2010 Andrea Hickman Walker rated it really liked it
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This was published as Where There's a Will in the US, for reasons that escape me, given how many other works there are with that title. And, really, what is wrong with the original title that it needs to be translated into another English? Unfortunately this was first published in 1960, or I'd have kept it back for 2012's Vintage Mystery challenge. I know you're wondering how this fits with either of my VM challenges, so I will tell you. This would have been a Lethal Location book. It starts off ...more
Aug 11, 2011 J added it
I really have to give Peters credit where deserved. The Will and the Deed is delightfully well written. And the mystery itself antagonized me (in a good way). I was trying so hard to think outside the box to solve it, that I didn't see her sneak up behind me and pop a bigger box over my head. She obviously knows how anyone who's read a mystery or two before approaches something like this. Oh, I had the general idea down pat, having read both 'Appointment with Death' and 'Taken at the Flood' by A ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
While this has plenty of twists and turns, it's not a high quality piece like some of the other non-Cadfael titles written by Peters. All the business with the will that doesn't provide what people expect is so much fiddly-dee, and there are improbable things all over the place. Still, there have been much worse detective stories written...
Oct 14, 2010 Tracey rated it really liked it
This is a non-series mystery, a sort of English-country-house plot picked up and dropped in the middle of Switzerland. Great character studies - Ellis Peters's people are never cookie cutter types. Nice little plot, rife with misunderstanding and misdirection. And the revelation at the end was very nicely done indeed. It's a quick read, but a quality one.
Dec 21, 2016 Emily added it
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Just about right for a travel book - readable in a day or so and not too weighed down with substance.
Dec 29, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Just ok, compared to her other books.
May 16, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
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Predictable villain, but this didn't detract from the presentation of the story. Was very glad to have found this through a used book site. Hope to see it translated to e-books soon.
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A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM 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 Horsehay (Shropshire, England), she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her sho
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