When Meredith Mitchell agreed to stay with her actress cousin Eve in the run-up to Eve's daughter's wedding she anticipated a degree of drama. But she hardly expected it to include murder, blackmail and unrequited love. Or to involve a certain Chief Inspector Markby, a middle-aged divorcee with an emotional history as unfortunate as her own.
A material witness to the only case of murder the Cotswold village of Westerfield has ever seen, Meredith also finds herself acting as mother-confessor to the bride-to-be, who is clearly not telling the whole truth about her involvement with the dead man. Steering a path between her duty to the police and loyalty to her cousin's family is not easy; even for someone with Meredith's considerable diplomatic skills. And especially as her personal enquiries into events in Westerfield start to disinter past affections Meredith would far rather leave buried - and to provoke new ones she's not at all sure she can cope with ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 05/09/1991
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747237068
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Review by orange_suspense
Say it with Poison took me longer than expected for I had the constant feeling of not knowing wether I liked the book and all the love story elements in it or not. In the end I’m not satisfied or disappointed. Markby was rather faceless, Mitchell was drawn quiet well. None of the two created the feeling of real sympathy within me and this is not really a good sign for Mitchell and Markby are the main protagonists of Ann Granger's series. It seemed that Granger wasn’t sure if she would continue it and therefore the whole story feels a bit like a stand alone novel to me (with a strange lifeless end).Be it as it may, I can’t say the book was bad (besides: Hercule Poirots name was mentioned once and it made me smile a little). The problem of the plot clearly is the lack of relevance for the investigations of Mitchell. Everything would have turned out the same in my oppinion for I think Sara would have confessed to Markby at some point. I know, pure speculation…I will read the second book of the adventures of Mitchell and Markby and will make my final decision then if this series is something I like.