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Posted November 21, 2006
Christmas in Williamsburg¿a tourist¿s delight. But what goes on behind the scenes in those charming old houses? Elena Santangelo¿s third Pat Montella mystery, true to its title, involves poisonous overdoses of 18th century medicines. The historical medical mystery, set just after the American revolution, complete with mummers and Christmas revelry, is one of two intricate plots interlaced in this intriguing page turner. The parallel modern day plot finds smart-mouth Pat coping with boyfriend Hugh¿s zany relatives at a family Christmas in a historic Williamsburg house, complete with a reenactment of a traditional 18th century dinner. But why do some of the guests develop mysterious symptoms of illness? The food is great, but it¿s the ghosts of the family ancestors, the house¿s original inhabitants, who stir the pot and make Poison to Purge Melancholy a distinctively different treat for lovers of mysteries old and new.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2010
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