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Before the Poison

Peter Robinson

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Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after twenty-five years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country.

Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for him—feelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder more than fifty years before. The former owner, a prominent doctor named Ernest Arthur Fox, was supposedly poisoned by his beautiful and much younger wife, Grace. Arrested and brought to trial, Grace was found guilty and hanged for the crime.

His curiosity piqued, Chris talks to the locals and searches through archives for information about the case. But the more he discovers, the more convinced he becomes that Grace may have been innocent. Ignoring warnings to leave it alone, he sets out to discover what really happened over half a century ago—a quest that takes him deep into the past and into a web of secrets that lie all too close to the present.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jan 02, 2012 – At the outset of this haunting stand-alone from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Robinson (No Cure for Love), British film composer Chris Lowndes, a recent widower, leaves California after more than 30 years for the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire countryside. He buys isolated Kilnsgate House, which the estate agent neglects to mention was the site of a sensational crime. Intercut are passages from a fictional true crime book, Famous Trials, depicting the 1953 case against Grace Fox, who was convicted of poisoning her husband, Dr. Ernest Fox, at Kilnsgate, and hanged. While Chris’s initial interest is simple curiosity, the more he learns about Grace, the more his interest veers toward obsession. In piecing together the murder case and Grace’s extraordinary life as a nurse during WWII, Chris discovers as much about himself as he does about her. Robinson manages a melancholy tone without veering into the maudlin, and the presence of Grace Fox permeates every page.

Customer Reviews

Before the Poison

I never write reviews but this book was so terrible, I felt compelled to do so. There was all this build-up for nothing, literally, nothing. Waste of money and time.

Before the Poison

I did not enjoy this book. I could not wait for it to end.

Before The Poison

Detailed in a poetic way, I appreciated Peter Robinson's descriptions of his characters' everyday activities. I could vividly imagine the English pubs and countryside, the villages and wines of France, and the South African climate. Most of all, I could feel the intentions of Peter Robinson's characters through the many voices with which they spoke, and would never have predicted the ending. I recommend this suspenseful mystery to readers who love story characters, travel, and conversation!

Before the Poison
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Feb 21, 2012
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
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