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Blood Lies by Marianne Macdonald

Blood Lies (edition 2002)

by Marianne Macdonald

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Title:Blood Lies
Authors:Marianne Macdonald
Info:Minotaur Books (2002), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:2013, British Mystery, book dealer, Peter Rabbit, First

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Blood Lies by Marianne Macdonald



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Dido Hoare goes to visit her friend Lizzie Waring in Somerset. The Warings live on a large estate called Monksdale, but Lizzie and her husband (one of the brothers) live in a cottage on the property. A son who confessed to the murder of a maid is being released from prison. He had a rather short sentence but Dido does not understand why his sentence was so long under the circumstances as related to her. When she talks to the investigating officer, she learns of several of his misgivings about the case from the start. She begins her own investigation into the matter. There is a missing rare edition of Peter Rabbit that is obviously related to the case. The setting of this installment reminds one of the old Gothic or romantic suspense novels. This book, however, definitely does not fit into the romance category. The fact that Dido had other females to turn to for help is also a departure from the usual plots in that field. The setting mainly served as a backdrop for the sinister misdeed that had occurred a few years ago. As with most cozies, the plot is not very plausible in several places. It was also pretty obvious from an early point in the novel what had happened. I did not really like the way the author ended the novel, leaving readers wishing that the threads had been more satisfactorily resolved. ( )
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'Now, my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr McGregor's garden; your father had an accident there...'
In memory of my parents Gordon Macdonald and Mildred (Sproule) Macdonald, who never had much but did the best they could: who read to me when I was small, got me a library ticket when I was seven, sent me out into the world with my father's old portable typewriter -- and are not forgotten.
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To escape from bad memories and nightmares in London, antiquarian book dealer Dido Hoare takes time off to visit a childhood friend, Lizzy Waring. Lizzy lives in the picturesque village of Somerset with her husband and his family. The Warings own Monksdanes, an idyllic Georgian mansion; it appears the perfect place for an over-active London native to rest and recuperate.

At first Dido is enchanted by the surroundings. But it's not long before she realizes, to her dismay, that the postcard beauty is just a façade - there's a much darker reality below the surface. And her best friend is unwillingly at the center of it all; something has gone terribly wrong with Lizzy's life. But what? Lizzie won't say, and her in-laws are a secretive lot. The Waring family code is quite obviously "blood is thicker than water." The rest of the world are outsiders. Nothing is what it seems.

Dido is determined to help her old friend. Fighting through a maze of lies and misdemeanors, and ultimately what she suspects is murder, she persists in probing the deep secrets the Warings are guarding. Making some allies and some enemies along the way, Dido uncovers the sinister underbelly to life in the picturesque village. Although aware that she is putting herself in jeopardy, she doggedly brings to light the horrifying truth that is at the center of it all.

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