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Three elderly recluses are found dead in a locked house, obviously murder and suicide, but who killed whom? And more importantly, why? The household is comprised of Georgina Gresham, tried and acquitted of the poisoning death of her husband years ago; her brother, Edmund and long-suffering housekeeper, Ada. The story covers the first fifty years of the 20th century, vividly evoking English country life, WWI, the roaring 20's, and WWII. Told in alternating first person narrative by Georgina, Edmund and Ada, it is an absorbing tale of obsession, murder and ultimate betrayal.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   60's-90's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   impregnation/reproduction Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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