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Widow Rosalind Bannister becomes mixed up with a well-known herbalist, and her jealous son is convinced that the man is up to no good, but the trusting Rosalind will not be swayed until she finds toxic plants missing from the refrigerator.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Berkley
(first published 1979)
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Poison Parsley by Anna Clarke was another impulse purchase. I like to find American cozies with themes I am interested in since you often tend to read as much about the theme as the mystery. This is about herbology and for the murder part, natural poisons. The parts about the plant life and the dangerous plants around us was really interesting and well done. I just found the relationships between the characters hard to take, Rosalind and her son Martin, Bernard and Jane, Jane and basically every ...more
Although set in a quaint little English village and sprinkled with a few interesting herbal and plant lore tidbits, the unappealing characters (whose serious dysfunctional relationships the author seems to consider normal), and unconvincing plot are serious drawbacks.
Rosalind and her teenage son son have always been close. But now Rosalind has developed a friendship with a married man. Her son Martin hates him and becomes friends with the wife. Soon the couple's marital troubles have drawn mother and son into a complicated new relationship with a menacing tone. No one in this little group is to be trusted. Rosalind is an acquitted murderer. Martin has a violent temper, just like his father. Mr. Goodwin is an expert on poisons, and his wife is an alcoholic wh ...more
Anna Clarke was born in Cape Town and educated in Montreal and Oxford. She holds degrees in economics and English literature and has held a wide variety of jobs, mostly in publishing and university administration.