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Before the Poison: A Novel by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Before the PoisonWhen soundtrack composer Chris Lowndes buys an old house in Yorkshire Dales, he has no idea of the history of the house. He soon learns it is the former home of a prominent doctor and his wife and child during and after WW II. Grace Fox was hanged for poisoning her husband in the 1950s. The story intrigues Lowndes and he strives to learn more from local citizens who lived in Yorkshire Dales during the trial and visits to the local library. A surprise encounter with the former owner of the house who happens the be the granddaughter of Grace Fox reveals even more evidence leading Chris to conclude that perhaps Grace was innocent after all. All while trying to determine the truth about Grace, the death of Lowndes’ wife haunts him and forces him to examine his real motives for wanting to know once and for all if Grace deserved what she got. Read the rest of this entry »

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson

Before the PoisonReviewed by Vickie Dailey

After movie music composer Chris Lowndes’ wife dies, he moves back to England, purchasing Kilnsgate house sight unseen. After meeting Heather, his real-estate agent he learns that it was the sight of a “famous” murder that has ties to his childhood. Grace Fox was hung for posioning her husband. Chris embarks on a journey through the past to prove Grace’s innocence of the crime. The chapters of the book are interspersed with trial notes and later with excerpts of Grace’s own journal.

Although the murder took place 60 years ago, there are still key players alive that help Chris piece together the puzzle including Grace’s own grandaughter, who holds the most important key to Grace’s inner thoughts – her journal.

While the solution presented is not what Chris imagined it would be, all that we learn about Grace during Chris’ investigation makes sense. The final solution also brings a peace to Chris’ life bringing into perspective his wife’s death. Read the rest of this entry »