Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward had just started his vacation with his pregnant wife when the call comes. Another murder has interrupted the town's peaceful existence, and the murderer won't stop at just one victim.
Richard will need all of his expertise if he's going to find the killer lurking among the town's only department store. But when the Chief Inspector gets too close to the truth, his ongoing search places his wife and the life of his unborn child in jeopardy. It's a killer's warning. Back off or pay the consequences.
Never one to back down, Richard must find the murderer before more lives are taken, but most importantly, he will do whatever it takes to protect his family.
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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite The Poison Pen is the exciting sequel to Ladies of Class by Marjorie Owen. When a department store manager is murdered in a most unlikely manner, DCI Richard Hayward must pull himself away from his beloved expecting wife, Kate, and join his partner, DS Jim Fendon, to solve the strange case. Uncovering the motive seems to be a problem, however, when they discover that although the store manager was widely disliked, he wasn't disliked enough to be killed. Or was he? What terrible secrets does one solitary department store manager hold? How many people can hate one man without contacts outside his job as a manager? When an attempted murder hits closer to home, Richard is ready to take on the hundred or so suspicious employees, just to close the case. Only, is it an employee that is murdering or is it another more sinister skeleton from the murder victim's well-hidden past? DCI Hayward and DI Fendon must solve the strange case before there is another murder. Only they have too many suspects and not enough time. An engaging cozy mystery with romantic undertones, The Poison Pen by Marjorie Owen was a delight to read. The characters were well developed and the plot was well thought out. It was hard to put the book down, as the author kept me guessing to the end! This book is a perfect light read. It had enough of a romantic subplot to break up the gruesomeness of murder and the rather drawn out task of finding the motive and killer. I felt that DI Fendon's romance added the perfect amount of humor to an otherwise dark story. DCI Richard Hayward may have been a bit overly doting to his wife, but DI Jim Fendon's new relationship with Richard's beautiful young sister-in-law added quite a bit of humor to the story. The author did a wonderful job of creating memorable characters to which the reader could easily relate. If you like English or cozy murder mysteries, then you will undoubtedly like this book! The last few chapters had me hoping there is a third book in the making!
Pour a cup of tea, sit down to relax and read to meet Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward. I enjoyed this book from ‘cover-to-cover’! Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward is introduced in the 1st sentence of the novel and as I continued to learn about his character he reminded me of the character of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran as created by Lilian Jackson Braun. Although Jim Qwilleran is a bachelor and Richard Hayward is married, the personal qualities of each character are equally charming and endearing. In this case, the setting is Wall’s Department Store, one of the few remaining independent department stores in the country (U.K.). Or as Richard says, “Straightforward enough…That’s the overture, I suppose. Let’s have the rest of it.” The author then draws you into the mystery to question each new character as a possible suspect and the reader wants to find out “whodunit” and “whydunit”. Absolute intrigue and fun for a mystery lover! Absolute fun! I later learned that “The Poison Pen” was not the 1st introduction of this character by the author but a second mystery of the “Richard Hayward Series” and originally introduced in the novel “The Ladies of Class”. As a former librarian and cataloger of books, following a ‘read’ of a novel, I enjoy looking and reading other parts of the book (i.e. copyright page, dedication, about the author, back cover, etc.). I was very sad to read on the copyright page of this novel – “Written permission has been obtained by Michael Owen on behalf of the Estate of Marjorie Owen, via her last will and testament, for the publication of this work.” With this information, it became clear that more titles in the series would be of limited availability and I had to investigate more about this author. I am so grateful as a reader to Michael Owen for pursuing the course to bring his Mother’s writing to publication to share with the world. If you normally don’t take the time to read the “About the Author” pages, please take the time to read about Marjorie Owen. It truly sounds as though she was a phenomenal woman that I would have loved to have met in person and listened to her life story and/or the advice that she might have shared. I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this title as an “Early Reviewer” from Library Thing.
This is a fantastic cosy mystery set in a little town near London. The manager from a department store was found murdered with arsenic. DCI Richard Hayward and his team have to solve the puzzle. It isn't an easy task because the dead man has been hated by everybody and therefore everyone was quite happy about his death and aren't very forthcoming in helping the police. DCI Hayward has his own method of solving a mystery which isn't always acceptable with his surrounding. Next to the professional business he has also some familiar matters to struggle with. His young wife is due to deliver their first child and his DS is hopelessly fallen in love with his sister-in-law.