A Pen Dipped in Poison: A witty and cosy mystery story, perfect for fans of Richard Osman

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A Pen Dipped in Poison: A witty and cosy mystery story, perfect for fans of Richard Osman

A Pen Dipped in Poison: A witty and cosy mystery story, perfect for fans of Richard Osman

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Particularly I liked how they were shown to be such good friends yet they keep so much from each other.

But as they work to uncover the truth, they begin to wonder just how far someone will go to silence this poison pen. This instalment was a little busy with characters for me but the saving grace was the narrator Julie Hesmondhalgh. As one by one, careers are ended, marriages destroyed and no one is beyond suspicion, the three friends decide enough is enough. The dialogue and relationships within this book are wonderful and by the end I felt I was leaving friends. The book desperately needs a proper edit, in particular the spelling mistakes and inconsistencies, of which there are plenty.

This book is set in a town in Yorkshire with three retired primary school teachers Liz, Pat and Thelma as the main characters. Only this time, instead of an unexpected death it is a series of threatening poison pen letters that are disturbing the peace at their local school, which is under new management.

For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. If you are looking for an easy to read cozy mystery with some lovely characters, to brighten up your afternoon while you have a cup of tea and a biscuit, then this is the book for you.This series was inspired by Jon's long-time career as deputy headmaster of a northern primary school.

It turned out that I guessed the guilty party early on, but I’m still pleased with how the mystery plot played out, as it included numerous surprises. It had a lot to say about educational system, where nowadays it is way more about the business side of things and money and not about children. Extremely well-drawn characters… the plot is carefully assembled… the writing is so good… I loved this story ! The author has found his writing style and I hope we will have more books with these wonderful characters. They each had their own stories outside of the mystery and I liked how this was shown to intertwine with each other.

Unlike the previous book in the series, the three women have drifted a little apart, as they all have their own concerns and worries, and a certain reluctance to share these with the other two. Yes, the friendship between the three main characters, and their determination to persevere and find a solution to a terrible situation involving poison pen letters is laudable, but the story gets bogged down more often than not.

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