A Drink of Deadly Wine
The only person Gabriel can turn to is David Middleton-Brown, an old friend and a man with a few secrets of his own. Against his better judgement, David comes to London, where his discreet enquiries bring to light a whole host of suspects. There’s the eccentric church organist, Miles Taylor; the gossip Mavis Conwell; the disapproving Dawson family; the Churchwarden, Cyril Fitzjames, who’s in love with Gabriel’s wife Emily; and the charming and talented artist Lucy Kingsley. In his efforts to help Gabriel uncover the blackmailer, David hauls numerous skeletons out of cupboards, and enters into a web of relationships that threaten to shatter his own peace of mind.
A stunning debut. The author . . . . brilliantly lures the reader down one track, then another, always managing to surprise.
. . . the red herrings are neat, the mood is cosy . . .
A bloodstained version of the world of Barbara Pym . . . could make one late for Evensong.