Book Reviews of The Lazarus Tree (Augustus Maltravers, Bk 5)

The Lazarus Tree (Augustus Maltravers, Bk 5)
The Lazarus Tree - Augustus Maltravers, Bk 5
Author: Robert Richardson
ISBN-13: 9780373261666
ISBN-10: 0373261667
Publication Date: 3/1/1995
Rating:
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3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Worldwide Library
Book Type: Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly: Witchcraft, murder and a grisly legend cling to the roots of an old chestnut tree in Richardson's (Murder in Waiting) literate but flawed new English mystery. Amateur sleuth Augustus Maltravers investigates the recent murder of poet Patrick Gabriel in the isolated Devon village of Medmelton at the request of old friend Stephen Hart. He finds close-mouthed inhabitants guarding buried secrets. Who fathered Stephen's sexy teenage stepdaughter Michelle, and why is she having clandestine meetings with the bitter woman who owns the general store? What is the local rector doing behind closed doors? Maltravers's arrival disrupts the routine of an obsessive/compulsive banker and raises anew the question of the whereabouts of the dead poet's latest manuscript. Playwright Maltravers dreams up ingenious charades to flush out the required answers to the conundrum, but painstaking characterization cannot compensate for a wobbly narrative and little menace or suspense. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --