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Shadows Before

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Did Mrs. Weir's habit of brewing her own herbal tea give opportunity for murder? Inspector Pardoe provides the answer in this 1940 English mystery by a writer who was compared to Dorothy L. Sayers by contemporary reviewers.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published July 15th 2005 by Rue Morgue Press (first published 1939)
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Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anglophilia, mystery
In this mystery from 1940, a rich woman is murdered by arsenic, administered via the vile brew she used to make from the herbs collected during her half-demented ramblings around the countryside. Moreover, her sister died of arsenic poisoning two years earlier, and her husband was tried (and acquitted) of that murder. But suspicions run deep, especially as there are several members of the extended household who could use the money left by the dead woman. When it turns out that she might have eve ...more
Juan Carlos
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This a good mystery story. However the final explanation is too complicated and makes the plot hard to believe.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I would like to have given this three and a half stars as it is not quite four but better than three.

I found it a bit of a slow starter and was getting a little bored for the first few chapters. However, once it got going and Pardoe and Salt got involved it was a very readable page turner.

The author writes in wonderful English but I do feel that sometimes the flowery prose actually gets in the way of the plot instead of enhancing it.

Dorothy Bowers tragically died at only 46 having written only
After Matthew Weir is acquitted of killing his sister-in-law, he moves his wealthy wife to the country where she gradually sinks into a mild dementia. When she dies, however, Weir is clearly a person of interest to the police. Fortunately for him, Scotland Yard sends wise Chief-Inspector Dan Pardoe, who sees that things in the remote Weir household are not what they seem. This Golden Age author is little known, but she can write an interesting book.
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