Intrigue in the Village Paperback
by Rebecca Shaw
Part of the Turnham Malpas series
Another intriguing slice of village life from the bestselling author of the Turnham Malpas and Barleybridge series. There is a mystery surrounding the invitation by Craddock Fitch to the Big House.
It is billed as a celebration of his business, but when everyone is assembled, they find that it is a lavish wedding reception for two very surprising people.
With these festivities over, the inhabitants of Turnham Malpas are thrown into preparations of a different nature.
It is the 150th anniversary of the village school and Kate, the head teacher, is arranging a big event.
She enthusiastically starts making plans, but there is one problem of which she is unaware.
In asking the previous head teachers to attend, she has unwittingly placed the rector and his wife Caroline in an impossible situation...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 05/08/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752859101
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Review by mhleigh
In this installment of the Turham Malpas series, the villagers are invited to attend a lavish party celebrating the business success of a prominent towns person. Once they get there, however, it revealed that they are actually at the wedding reception of two villagers they would never expect. Meanwhile, the village is planning another celebration - the school's 150th anniversary. The problem? All the old head teachers and their families are being invited, and a former headmaster is now married to the birth mother of the rector's adopted twins (did you catch all that?). Quote: "No one moved: they were too stunned. A strained silence fell, which no one dared break."This novel continues the trend of the later Turham Malpas books towards focusing on all of the ramifications of our poor decisions coming back to cause us unforeseen problems years later. A potentially blech new couple ends up working really well together, even though none of the character flaws are erased. A very good installment of this series.
Review by mazda502001
This is the 10th in the Turnham Malpas series. Lovely gentle reads about the village and villagers.Back Cover Blurb:Everyone in the village of Turnham Malpas is invited up to the Big House for a celebration of Craddock Fitch's increasingly successful business - but it soon becomes apparent that there is more to it than that. When they are all assembled, they find out that the party is, in fact, a lavish wedding reception for two very surprising people.When the festivities are over, Turnham Malpas is thrown into preparations of a different nature. It is the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the village school and the head teacher, Kate, is arranging a big celebration. She enthusiastically starts making plans, but there is one problem of which she is unaware. In asking the previous head teachers to attend she has unwittingly placed the rector and his wife Caroline in an impossible situation....