Arson and Old Lace

Arson and Old Lace

by Patricia Harwin
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Arson and Old Lace: A Far Wychwood Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Res 10 (its called arson plus)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He shuffles in. "I have a cold..." he sneezes onto Patchfur's face. ((Actually, he is just being forced to by the worm in his brain to fake a cold so he can sneeze onto (and thus infect with worm eggs) everyone. I've been playing too much Plague Inc. Mer.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blazeclan-- Medicine Den
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently visited the Cotswolds and was looking for some books set there. Already read MC Beaton and enjoy her books. Found Patricia's book and really enjoyed the setting and the characters she created. I found the plot complex enough to keep me guessing and the drive and insecurities of her characters to ring true. Can't wait to read the next one. I found a new friend!
GailMarlow More than 1 year ago
Patricia Harwin's Far Wychwood books are a treat for this anglophile. Her retired American librarian is lovely -- except when contemplating her ex husband. Her daughter Emily is funny in her bossiness, and her grandson Archie is a typical beloved but far too energetic toddler. And I haven't even started on the plot. Catharine may in fact not be Miss Marple, but her convoluted thinking is fun to follow.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Catherine has moved across the ocean to Far Wychwood village. After her divorce, she quit her job as a librarian and decided to start anew in this English village. She wants to be near their daughter Emily and her family. She especially wants to spend some time with her grandson Archie. Right after moving into her cottage, she finds her neighbor George, a hermit-like man, accidentally setting his kitchen on fire in his decrepit cottage across the street. She decides then and there to cook for him until she can get him help. She is quite concerned about him and contacts his son. A body is discovered buried next to the cross that is being moved, against the wishes of many of the town folk. This delays the movement of the cross. There is a lot of heated debate about his issue. The body appears to have been buried for some time and police are not certain they¿ll be able to identify it. Then George is killed. Catherine finds it difficult to convince anyone that it was murder. Murder doesn¿t happen in their village. She sets off to find the killer. Since she has agreed to stay with her toddler grandson three days a week, she takes him along on some of her adventures. Emily is beside herself as she wants him to be kept indoors. He is definitely a handful and Catherine finds it almost more than she can handle. Plus she and Emily are often at odds about his care, as well as other things. After putting Archie in harms way, she has to re-evaluate things and so does her daughter. I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more by this author. Normally I don¿t like books set in England, but this book was very fun to read and I really like Catherine. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After more than two decades of marriage, Catherine Perry had no idea that her husband was seeing another woman or that he wanted a divorce so he can cohabitate with his new Barbie doll. After the divorce was finalized, Catherine could no longer live in New York City with the memories all around her. She moves to the quaint English village of Far Wychwood so she could spend quality time with her daughter, her English son-in-law, and especially her grandson. Her cottage is lovely if isolated and her nearest neighbor is irascible George Crocker an irritating old man who Catherine rescued when his curtains caught on fire. She becomes immersed in village life and is upset that the vicar is having the historic cross in the cemetery moved so a youth center can be built. When the digging starts, the buried skeleton of a murdered man is found and a few days later, George¿s house catches fire. Catherine drags the body out and sees that it was arson to cover up a murder. Her inquisitiveness brings her to the attention of a murderer who has killed twice and will not hesitate to kill again.

ARSON AND OLD LACE is the first installment in an exciting new English cozy series that is an enthralling mystery. The delightful way the sleuth brings the doings of the villagers to life is absorbing and colorful. Readers get a real feel for the intimacy inherent in such a lifestyle while also adoring the sixty year old heroine, dumped by her husband for a younger model. Patricia Harwin is a gifted storyteller and readers will want to continue reading this colorful series.

Harriet Klausner