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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However, there are enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and the three protagonists are likeable, so all in all an, it’s an enjoyable read. A new head teacher was appointed to run the three friends' former school, and both Thelma and Liz soon find out that there are issues there. Bought it because I quite like 'cosy murders' without the violent details that many crime books have but I must say it just dragged on and on with waffling about the people and the letters that after about half an hour into the book I had no idea who was who and who was doing what to whom, and why etc. I understand that the author was a teacher and therefore there's a connection to the UK school system, but it was so in depth that it was boring.

All in all though if you do like you’re cozy crime and don’t mind putting the work in to sit down and read in more than one sitting then I think you would enjoy this. It shows you the long going friendship between the women however as tensions rise in the school, the women start to slowly disagree and you see a leader.The characters are likeable and quirky, the story moves quickly and this talented author leaves us wanting for more? perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club and Robert Thorogood Curious white envelopes have been delivered to friends and neighbours. Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK Audio, Avon for allowing me to listen to the ARC of this novel. Retired schoolteachers Liz, Pat and Thelma never expected they would be caught up in a crime even once in their lives, let alone twice.

But when poison pen letters start landing on the doorsteps of friends and neighbours in their Yorkshire village, old secrets come to light with the potential for deadly consequences. But when poison pen letters start landing on the doorsteps of friends and neighbours in their Yorkshire village, old secrets come to light. Then, not long after, nasty letters begin arriving at the school, causing much pain and a further decline in morale (after Brittain's appointment) amongst the recipients, and evoking Liz's concern. And as the story is partly about the relationship amongst the friends, which was painfully strained for much of the book, this made this entry in the series somewhat less enjoyable read.There were lots of mini sub plots in this read that it took a while to get my head around, but they all connected and tied up nicely in the end. If you’re looking for cozy mystery books then definitely pick up this series, you won’t be disappointed.

It did not, the novel frequently hints at scenarios that could lead to murder or lead to a body, that kind of thing but then these scenarios end up being nothing at all. I hadn't read the first book, so maybe my next point is less valid for those who've read it, but I felt there were too many characters. Personally for me I like it but did not love it due to the fact that it was unnecessarily long and became representative. As delightful as it is deadly, A Pen Dipped in Poison is a feel-good, fun and fabulous cosy mystery that had me utterly gripped from page one. This series was inspired by Jon's long-time career as deputy headmaster of a northern primary school.

Much of the book is spent describing the friends' too many home responsibilities and worries about their husbands and the men's jobs, so the book took longer to take off for me. I haven’t actually read the first book (it's on my tbr tho) but I enjoyed this cosy mystery and I loved our three main characters Liz, Pat and Thelma.

This mystery finds them, trying to find out who is sending poison pen letters to their friends and neighbours. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). Then Liz finds out from Jan, a friend and teacher at the school, that Jan is struggling to meet Kayleigh's requirements for results in class. So many of these characters were often introduced either by first or last name only, and later on referred to by the other; and often these names were dropped in conversations or hints at the plot without aiding the reader in linking back to a previous encounter, so it was hard to follow. When poison pen letters start landing on the doorsteps of friends and neighbours in their Yorkshire village, old secrets come to light.Becky, Jan, Liz, Izzy, Pat, Thelma, Kayleigh, Karen, Victoria, Nicole, Bunty, Josie, Macy, Claire, Linda, Tiff, Candice, Faith, Simone, Hope, Topsy, Rod, Liam, Derek, Teddy, Ian, Andrew, Steve, Matt, Chris, Doug - did I forget anyone? It felt like the characters were stuck in the past and I did find myself getting frustrated with how out of touch they were.



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