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Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1)
Arson and Old Lace - Far Wychwood, Bk 1
Author: Patricia Harwin
An American woman. — An English town. — A whole lot of trouble. — "You're a librarian, not a detective," Catherine Penny's daughter reminds her. But Catherine, suddenly single in her sixties, finds it easy to slip into sleuthing mode when she leaves behind New York City and a failed marriage for a lovely 17th century cottag...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780743482240
ISBN-10: 0743482247
Publication Date: 1/27/2004
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 85 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Spuddie avatar reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This is the first in a new mystery series. Catherine Penny is a sixtyish, newly divorced New York librarian who retires and moves to England to be near her daughter and grandson and is looking forward to the quiet life in the English village of Far Wychwood near Oxford. She buys a 17th century cottage but finds she's got more than she bargained for with nosy village neighbors, a crazy old man in the cottage across the way and conflicts in child rearing methods with her psychotherapist daughter. I enjoyed this opening book in the series very much and think it holds great promise. I like the main character, who is a feisty sixty year old, whose love of books and a practical nature comes through loud and clear.
reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 108 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is the first of the Far Wychwood Mysteries series. I plan toget the second one. I really enjoyed this book. I'm not usually an English Mystery fan, but the main character is an American Grandmother who moves to England after her divorce to be closer to her only daugher and family. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions.
reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 407 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was a good cozy mystery with interesting characters. I liked how Catherine sought the truth in the death of her neighbor and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Slaying is Such Sweet Sorrow.
reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 212 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Light with a heroine you like in spite of her realistic flaws.
reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 133 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Catherine Penny, a retired librarian from America, has moved to a quaint English village, Far Wychwood, leaving her ex-husband and new playmate in New York to be nearer her daughter and grandson in England. Her future
quickly encloses her in tales of witchcraft as she tries to rescue her new neighbor George Crocker from his burning house! Then the villagers take her in, but she is determined to solve the mystery of the fire and the old man's death. Another Mrs. Marple, she continues her search for discovery of the truth! A very good cozy English mystery!!
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Brendasbooks avatar reviewed Arson and Old Lace (Far Wychwood, Bk 1) on + 45 more book reviews
I loved this author's writing and the story. Very descriptive of her life and mystery in Far Wychwood, England. I've only found one other book by her which is a shame, i could see this series going on for a bit.


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