Before the Poison, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The Number One bestseller and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Besy Novel After years of Hollywood success composer Chris Lowndes wanted only one thing: to take his beloved wife home to the Yorkshire Dales. But Laura is gone, and Chris is on his own. He welcomes the isolation of Kilnsgate House, and the beauty of the dale. And it doesn't surprise him that a man died there, sixty years ago. That his wife was convicted of murder. That something is pulling him deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781444704853



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The story alternates between the mid-1950's and 2010. It begins with the execution by hanging of Grace Fox,for the murder by poison of her husband. In 2010 a troubled composer of film music. Chris Lowndes,buys the isolated Kilnsgate House. he soon discovers that years ago,this was owned by Grace and her doctor husband. Lowndes soon becomes obsessed with the events leading up to the murder and the trial and hanging of Grace Fox.As the book progresses we learn that all is not as it appeared and that Grace is more complex than she seems at first.This is a one-off ,non-series book for Robinson and one of which he can be justly proud.

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Probably one of the best books I have read in years!! Story is split in two (ish) with alternate chapters covering now and half a century earlier. As I assumed that the 'earlier' chapters would explain and give away what Chris (the main character) was trying to establish I purposely read only the 'now' chapters first. What a great story! All the characters, however small, are excellenty portrayed. The description of the area in Yorkshire is beautifully done, an area I am very familiar with. Cannot recommend this highly enough!

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Shortly after the death of his wife, successful film music composer Chris Lowndes returns to his native England. He buys the rather isolated Kilnsgate House. When he learns of the death of the previous owner at the hand of his wife and her subsequent trial and execution, he starts digging into the circumstances of the murder and the trial, all the while he starts to come to grips with the death of his wife.<br/><br/>The book is told on two levels: the recounting of the trials and later extracts of the war diary of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who spent the war as a Queen Alexandra nurse and the journey of discovery Chris Lowndes undertakes to get to the bottom of her actions. Though the resolution comes as a surprise, it is totally fitting with the tale. A bit less plausible is the chain of people introduced to reveal their piece of the puzzle up to the rounded picture that finally shows the consistent story of Grace.<br/>

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