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Before the Poison: A Novel
Before the Poison A Novel
Author: Peter Robinson
Quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, Chris Lowndes decides to return to the Yorkshire Dales after twenty-five successful years spent in Hollywood composing film scores. He purchases Kilnsgate House, a charming old mansion deep in the country, but something about the place disturbs him. His unease intensifies when he learns Kilnsga...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062204684
ISBN-10: 0062204688
Publication Date: 1/2/2013
Pages: 368
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I've been a fan of Peter Robinson's Chief Inspector Alan Banks series for a long time, so I was sure this stand-alone novel would be well-crafted. I'm not disappointed; he handles the back-and-forth of two time periods quite effectively.

The protagonist is an Englishman who worked successfully in California for decades before returning to the Yorkshire dales to buy the unusual estate where the story unfolds. Robinson is especially adept at setting scenes, which is a huge asset to this atmospheric novel. I also enjoyed the details about current days in England compared to the post-war time period that is evoked.

While this book might be lumped with Robinson's police procedurals, it's not an action-packed thriller or a traditional detective novel. No serial killers, just a puzzle related to a mysterious death that the lead character is compelled to unravel with the help of interesting people he meets along his journey.
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