Before the Poison
The Number One bestseller and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
After years of Hollywood success composer Chris Lowndes wanted only one thing: to take his beloved wife home to the Yorkshire Dales.
But Laura is gone, and Chris is on his own.
He welcomes the isolation of Kilnsgate House, and the beauty of the dale. And it doesn't surprise him that a man died the...more
Having decided to return to Yorkshire after enjoying a long and very successful career as a Hollywood film composer, he purchased ( ...more
The character of Chris is the problem for me. I had to keep checking the year of the story, because Chris didn't seem to know about internet use in completing his research, until fairly well into the novel. "Heather" seems like the sort of fantasy l ...more
Before the Poison reads like a Golden Age classic crime novel, an unhurried, deliberate unraveling of a mystery paralleled by a long, slow reveal of the narrator's own motivation, told with a ratcheting up of tension ...more
It begins when Chris Lowndes, reeling from the death of his wife, decides to buy a home on the Yorkshire Dales. He purchases Kilnsgate House, a large, bleak, isolated structure in which he hopes to recov ...more
We follow a film music composer who returns to Yorkshire after living in California for many years. His wife has recently died and he decides to return to England. He buys a secluded house in the country outside Richmond. An earlier occupant - several decades before - was hung for the murder of her husband. Chris (the music composer) becomes obsessed with Grace's stor ...more
The story is told in the first-person, which is a bad choice—it’s very bland expository stuff, like what someone would write in their “what I did this s ...more
In this standalone the protagonist is a successful composer returning to England after 35 years in the USA and the death of his wife. He buys a house in a remote part of Yorkshire and becomes intrigued when he discovers a former owner was hanged for poisoning her husband.
Plot sounds ok, right? Well it probably is but ...more
Grace Elizabeth Fox rose from her bed and dressed with the aid of her young Attending Officer Mary Swann at 6.30 AM on the morning of 23 April, 1953. She ate a light breakfast of toast, marmalade and tea, then she busied herself writing letters to her family and friends. After a small brandy to steady her nerves shortly before 8.00 AM, she spent the following hour alone with the Chaplain.
So starts Before the Poison th ...more
In "Before the Poison" a writer of Hollywood movie scores returns to Yorkshire and buys an old house. He becomes interested in the murder that occurred there and the execution of the murderess.
I'm unsure as how to describe the book. It isn't a crime novel. It isn't a thriller. It's not even a ghost story, though it has a few spooky moments. It's just a gentle story about one man's search for the truth.
A gentle, absorbing read.
Chris Lowndes is a semi-retired composer who has returned to his native England after his wife's death. Sight unseen, he buys a large home in the Yorkshire countryside. After he moves in, Chris finds out that Kilnsgate was formerly the home of Grace Fox who was hanged for the murder of her husband, Dr Ernest Fox. Chris dives into Grace's history and is soon obsessed ...more
Înainte de ispită explorează mai multe aspecte ale vieții, iar tema centrală nu e de fapt noaptea „crimei” așa cum ne face să credem descrierea cărții, ci este mai degrabă povestea unei femei deosebite, pe care tocmai felul ei de a fi a ucis-o pe nedrept.
Finalul a f ...more
Povestea merge pe două planuri temporale. Prezentul prezintă drama unui om intelectual, cult, care, ajuns la vârsta de 60 de ani, trece printr-o depresie puternică și încearcă să-și găsească un nou rost în viață, după ce o pierde pe Laura, soția lui. Rostul și-l găsește în încercarea de a descoperi adevărul legat de condamnarea lui Grace Fox, o f ...more
I’ve been reading Peter Robinson’s series detective novels (Inspector Banks) for a long time. Here he comes with a stand-alone mystery that doesn’t disappoint. It’s about a quest into history that involves a fifty-year-old crime. Chris Lowndes is a successful composer of film scores for Hollywood. He has recently lost his wife to a long illness, and decides he needs some time off to think and compose music that “people actually listen to.” He goes ...more
Read January 2012, re-read August 2017
Not a Banks mystery, something different but wonderful.
Peter Robinson shows how versatile his writing can be, but has many constants from his Bank's series to keep readers comfortable. Constant with the hero Chris Lowndes and Inspector Banks are their love of many types of music, movies, and curiousity of why people behave the way they do.
Each chapter is divided ...more
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
First thought when Finished: That last half of this book was really well done and kept me riveted!
What I Loved: I can't really go into detail about what I loved about Before the Poison or the review would be full of spoilers. I will say there is a distinct point in the middle of the book where we start reading parts of Grace's journal that really, in my opinion, made the book start to sparkle. I was riveted and intrig ...more
The narrator of the novel, Chris Lowndes, is a recent widower who makes a move from LA to England so that he can begin to heal from the loss of his wife. He moves into a house that used to be owned by Grace Fox who was hanged for the murder of her husband Dr. Ernest Fox. Chris makes it his personal mission to investigate the story of Grace ...more
Not a police procedural, not a Hitchcockian mystery, and not a brooding Gothic novel, despite the Y ...more
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Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in En ...more