Something Wicked

Something Wicked[PDF / Epub] ★ Something Wicked By Elizabeth Ferrars – When Andrew Basnettmain character in the series a retired professor of botany took his nephew's cottage in a uiet Oxfordshire village for the winter he didn't expect to find himself living opposite a When Andrew Basnettmain character in the series a retired professor of botany took his nephew's cottage in a uiet Oxfordshire village for the winter he didn't expect to find himself living opposite a woman locally reputed to have killed her husband even though an unbreakable alibi meant she had never been brought to trial Nor did he expect to find himself cut off from all mains services as the result of a blizzard And he certainly did not expect to discover in his cold dark living room the body of the village's second murder victim A psychological thriller you will want to finish.

EX FerrarsBorn Morna Doris McTaggart in Rangoon Burma of a Scottish father and an Irish German mother she grew up in England where she moved at age six She attended Bedales school and then took a diploma in journalism at London UniversityHer first two novels 'Turn Single' and 'Broken Music' came out under her own name Morna McTaggart In the early s she married her first husband but she left him moved to Belsize Park in London and lived with Dr Robert Brown a lecturer in botany at Bedford College in She eventually divorced her first husband in October and married Dr later Professor BrownIt was in that her first crime novel 'Give a Corpse a Bad Name' was published under the pseudonymn that she had adopted Elizabeth sometimes Elizabeth X particularly in the USA Ferrars the Ferrars her mother's maiden name This novel featured her young detective Toby Dyke who was to feature in four other of her novelsWhen her husband was offered a post at Cornell University in the USA the couple moved there but remained only a year before returning to Britain They travelled with her husband's work on one occasion visiting Adelaide when he was a visiting professor at the University of South Australia and later moved to Edinburgh where her husband was appointed Regius Professor of Botany and they lived in the city until when on her husband's retirement they moved to Blewsbury in Oxfordshire where they lived until her sudden death in She continued to write a crime novel almost every year and in she was a founding member of the Crime Writers' Association of which she later became chairperson in As well as her short series of works featuring Toby Dyke she wrote a series featuring retired botanist Andrew Basnett and another series featuring a semi estranged married couple Virginia and Felix Freer All in all she wrote over seventy novels her final one 'A Thief in the Night' being published posthumouslyJacues Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor described her as having a sound enough grasp of motives and human relations and a due regard for probability and techniue but whose people and plot are so standardGerry WolstenholmeNovember .

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Something Wicked
  • Elizabeth Ferrars
  • English
  • 04 October 2015
  • 9780708912393

10 thoughts on “Something Wicked

  1. Maine Colonial says:

    Felony Mayhem press which often republishes old midlist crime fiction is having a 30% off sale on all of its ebooks so I thought I'd give one a try I sort of remembered reading a Ferrars book years ago but couldn't think which one But at least I knew it wasn't this one and I thought I'd like to pick the first book in a seriesThe protagonist is Andrew Basnett a 70 year old widower who temporarily moves from his London flat to his nephew's small village house during the Christmas season It's convenient for both men Basnett a retired professor working on a biography of Robert Hooke the biologist who discovered cells is having his flat painted and doesn't want to have to be home for all the disturbance of the contractors Peter has to go to Paris and would like to have his house looked after while he's awayBasnett finds himself being looked in on by Peter's neighbors and soon learns much village gossip including the story of a murder six years earlier just across the way in the imposing Godlingham House Basnett hears different speculative accounts from his neighbors on either side and he can't help but be intrigued especially when another murder occurs that seems to be relatedIt's a cold December and it even snows which seems pleasant to everyone until the power goes out with no sign of being restored anytime soon Basnett is an avid crime fiction reader and such a good listener that when his friendly neighbors keep inviting him over for a meal or a warm up by the fire he begins gathering evidenceI always enjoy those British mysteries that take place during a heavy winter storm Though written in the 1980s this has a bit of the flavor of a Golden Age village mystery Not uite up to the standard of Agatha Christie it's still an entertaining story

  2. Andrea says:

    Re issue of an English village mystery first published in the 80s Andrew Basnat retired professor and widower accepts his nephew’s invitation to spend Christmas holidays in the nephew’s vacant country cottage while the nephew is abroad In this first in a series of cozy mysteries featuring Andrew as amateur detective the professor finds his temporary neighbors have many secrets and when one of them ends up dead in Andrew’s cottage sitting room he must work to unravel them before An old cold case and a new murder lead to further violence Fun and lively Plot is a bit light

  3. Mysteryfan says:

    A goodie from the Golden Age of mysteries Very enjoyable

  4. Bettie says:

    Bettie's Books

  5. Annarella says:

    I was than happy I was able to read this ARC as it was an engrossing and entertaining readI would defined it a mix of cozy and traditional elements with tropes from both genresIt aged well and the characters are well thought and likeableThe solid mystery kept me guessing and I liked the solutionI can't wait to read the next installment in this series highly recommendedMany thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC all opinions are mine

  6. Cece says:

    I gave this 4 stars because it is a good example of what it is a classic British mystery I am excited to have discovered this author

  7. Armanda Moncton says:

    35 I like Andrew Basnett and the stories that he features in tend to be slow paced which suits me just fine In this one the power outage with no heat no water no lights no comfort added an element that did not attract me I felt his discomfort too keenly I prefer my village cozy mysteries to take me to charming villages where the story takes place in an elegant comfortable setting good food good wine lovely homes and streetscapes like the TV series Midsummer Murders Being in that idyllic setting while solving the mystery makes the book a bit of a holiday escape In this book retired Professor Basnett does figure out the solution to two murders but he does not get involved with the police as in other stories He plays a lone hand Interesting

  8. aprilla says:

    Will read of these

  9. Sue F says:

    I remember reading and enjoying this as a tattered paperback from my local used bookstore a few decades ago but said paperback is now long lost So I was really happy to receive an ARC of Something Wicked in e book to re read in exchange for my honest review Even though I’m decades older now I still liked this book which is the first in the Andrew Basnett series by EX Ferrars This is a nice twist on a classic murder mystery with two murders occurring several years apart The book is set at the time of the second murder and the protagonist Andrew Bassett a retired professor and widower is house sitting in his nephew’s cottage across the road from the house of the local “murderess” – the lady that lots of locals think somehow did the first murder but got away with it And so the uestion is – did she do the first one the second one both or neither At various times throughout the book I was convinced of each of these possibilities and Ferrars kept me guessing to the end The book is well written as most classic British mysteries of the period are and although I’m not sure I’d want to visit it since there are some decidedly not nice folks hanging around aka the suspects the local village and its life are sharply portrayed All in all I enjoyed the book and having been reminded of this series I’m now going to keep an eye out for other titles to show up in e book Please note that for me 4 stars out of 5 is a really good ranking I try to fight “star flation” a bit and reserve 5 stars for a very few favorite books that I’m going to read and re read probably no than one in thirty or forty books So 4 stars from me is a solid recommendation And once again my thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher Felony and Mayhem for the review copy

  10. Melissa Dee says:

    Something Wicked is the first Andrew Basnett mystery and is a perfect light read for fans of the English village amateur detective genre Basnett a retired professor is retreating from a home remodel at the home of his nephew in the village of Godlingham Basnett arrives to a freezing winter with a power failure that encourages a certain amount of forced neighborliness When Basnett stumbles over a corpse in his living room he has the time and space to reflect on what he has learned from those neighbors and to solve both the current mystery and an older one as wellI voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own

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