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by Gwendoline Butler,Elizabeth Lemarchand

eBook Death of an Old Girl (Black Dagger Crime) epub
  • ISBN: 0745186238
  • Author: Gwendoline Butler,Elizabeth Lemarchand
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Chivers; 1st edition (November 1993)
  • Pages: 255 pages
  • ePUB size: 1970 kb
  • FB2 size 1418 kb
  • Formats lrf mbr rtf azw


She's particularly displeased with the Death of an Old Girl is the first book in Elizabeth Lemarchand's series featuring Chief Detective Inspector Tom Pollard and Sergeant Toye.

She's particularly displeased with the Death of an Old Girl is the first book in Elizabeth Lemarchand's series featuring Chief Detective Inspector Tom Pollard and Sergeant Toye. It is set at the Meldon School for girls. At the end of year Festival, Beatrice Baynes, one of the "old girls" who attended the school back in the day, does what she does best-stir up trouble. The crime itself is fairly straightforward – a murder at the end of the year at a Girls’ School in a village somewhere outside London. The local constabulary call in Scotland Yard and our two detectives start to disseminate the information and slowly unravel the mystery.

For Charlesworth, there is also the beautiful girls, especially the lovely Victoria. This is also a portrait of a vanished era and way of life and a great mystery to unravel.

Death in High Heels (Black Dagger Crime) Hardcover – August 9, 1988. by. Christianna Brand (Author). For Charlesworth, there is also the beautiful girls, especially the lovely Victoria. This is very much a Golden Age Detective story, with clues you can work out - although I am always pretty hopeless at picking "who done it".

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But the further Pollard & Toye delve into their inquiries, the more complicated the case become. eath of an Old Girl is the first cosy village mystery in the Pollard & Toye crime series: an intriguing police procedural set in rural England

But the further Pollard & Toye delve into their inquiries, the more complicated the case become. eath of an Old Girl is the first cosy village mystery in the Pollard & Toye crime series: an intriguing police procedural set in rural England. This is a real genuine police-detective story, and a first-class one at tha. ltogether I would call this a hundred-per-cent winner – THE GUARDIAN.

Gwendoline Butler can claim to be one of the most versatile women crime novelists. A Different Kind of Summer (1967). A New Kind of Killer, an Old Kind of Death (1970) . A New Kind of Killer (US title). Her books have scored in four categories: modern detective stories, Victorian mysteries, Gothic stories and romantic novels. In 1973 the Crime Writers Association (CWA) awarded her the Silver Dagger for ‘A Coffin for Pandora’. Murder Has a Pretty Face (1981). Death in the Garden (1987) . Murder in the Garden (US title).

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Elizabeth is a young teenage girl who has a petite but strong body and pale skin. One month of a pitch-black winter had passed when suddenly, Ciel came back along with a pitch-black butler. She has emerald green eyes, and waist-long, golden-blonde hair worn in two big drills, save for a slightly curled cowlick. Elizabeth often wears elegant gowns and a variety of headbands decorated with flowers or ribbons. The Ciel that had returned to us had become thinner and shorter than I was. But soon I realized that it wasn't Ciel who had become shorter; it was me who had grown taller.

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Beatrice Bayers, an overbearing, interfering old woman with numerous enemies, is found beaten to death during the Old Girl's reunion weekend
Comments: (7)
Ceroelyu
One of her best; more texture and richer background than some of LeMarchand's books. Perhaps a tiny bit improbable at the end, but it's fiction, after all; just enjoy it. Her characters have definition and consistency without being dull; probably my favorite, or at least a tie with Unhappy Returns. Very "re-readable" if you're the type. My copy is a little fragile (I've found that all these Walker mysteries have aged poorly and become brittle) so I will actually buy a second in anticipation of its complete collapse.
Fesho
I bought it to replace the one I have.
Laitchai
The annual festival at Meldon School should be about celebrating the end of the term and former students, "old girls", returning for a fun reunion with friends. One of the old girls, the elderly Beatrice Baynes, lives right across the street and is outspoken with her criticism of Meldon's current staff and administration. Although she was hard to get along with, everyone is still shocked when her dead body is discovered on the grounds and it's determined to be murder. Chief Detective Inspector Pollard and Detective Sergeant Toye are called in by Scotland Yard to investigate.

This book was written in 1967 and has been released this year. It's the first of the long-running "Pollard & Toye" series, but the first time I've read anything by this author. The book started a bit slowly, mainly because there are quite a few characters introduced at the beginning. Once the investigation gets going, it's easier to keep track of who is who and therefore, concentrate on the story itself. Beatrice has no shortage of enemies, so there are plenty of suspects for Pollard and Toye to question, which keeps the story moving.

I enjoy the scenes with Pollard at home with his wife, Jane, which add to the story and help the reader to get to know Pollard. Pollard is kind, organized, determined to get to the truth, and devoted to his wife. I love that Jane was able to provide a key clue that helps her husband solve the case. Toye is likable, putting witnesses at ease, but not enough personal information is given about him to really get to know him.

Overall, this is a well-written police procedural. The investigation is logical and makes the book entertaining. I like the timelines of the crime that Pollard and Toye use to investigate the crime. It helped me get a clearer view of what had happened, too. The identity of the murderer wasn't a huge shock, but the motive was interesting and surprising. I enjoyed the plot and especially the main character of Tom Pollard.

I received this book through the courtesy of Sapere Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
BlackHaze
This is a charming and intriguing cosy village mystery. In a scene that looks like the most upsetting Grand Guignol, a dead body is found inside of a puppet theatre during a school festival (because puppets are not creepy enough). Police officers Pollard & Toye take on the inquest but, when a crime takes place in a small rural village and pretty much every single person hated the victim and/or has a motive, how can you narrow down a list of suspects? On top of this, the action is set in 1966, so all the modern tools that make coppers’ lives easier are non-existent. Pollard & Toye will have to find whodunit the old-fashioned way: interviewing everybody, putting together timelines and charts. The success of these kinds of books depends not only on a solid mystery, but also on the characters. Death of an Old Girl delivers, as they are all quirky enough to be original without falling into farce. I had my suspicions about the baddie but I had no idea how it was possible for the character to have committed the murder. No one had enough time. I figured that someone was lying but… how? You have all the witness statements and they go together like a jigsaw puzzle – I couldn’t figure it out. Anyway, you can follow the investigation along with the characters. Pollard & Toye include their charts and timetables so that you feel like you’re part of the team. The whole explanation left me turning the pieces over in my head and I was amazed at the resourcefulness of one character. The cherry on top is the relationship between Pollard and his wife, Jane, who helps him more than you’d think, and whose delicious banter made me smile more than once. As a big fan of Agatha Christie, I give two thumbs up to this new series.
I received a free copy from the Publisher, but I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Sapere Books!
Rleyistr
I would like to thank Sapere Books for the opportunity to read and review Death of an Old Girl.

Who doesn't love a cozy British mystery? I must admit that I had an idea who committed the crime once the body of Mrs. Baynes was found, but I had no idea why. It was quite fun to keep reading and see how Pollard put the pieces together to ultimately solve the crime. (I'm purposefully being vague here because I would hate to spoil the story for any reader!)

The plot was tight and the ending, the solution to the mystery, made sense. Lemarchand also did an excellent job tying up other characters' loose ends, and I was happy to hear that the two new relatives were at peace and getting along. Death of An Old Girl is a true classic detective story, in the style of Agatha Christie.

So, why deduct one star? The only reason I deducted one star was because there were quite a few names thrown out at the beginning of the story, and not enough about each name to help me determine who was who in relation to the storyline.
Gir
When former student, Beatrice Baynes' body is discovered in the art building at Medlin School for Girls, it's up to Pollard and Toye to investigate a whole host of potential suspects. It would seem that Ms. Baynes had more foes then friends. This is the first book in the series, and the author, Elizabeth Lamarchand, does an excellent job of keeping her reader's in the dark of who the murderer is until the very end.
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