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The Widow of Bath is the second novel in the series from the rediscovered and Gold Dagger Award-winning Scottish writer Margot Bennett. A 1950s classic, showcasing a Britain and Europe in recovery from the Second World War, written with Bennett’s skill for pacing and suspense – she also wrote the screenplay for a BBC TV adaptation in 1959 (sadly lost to the ages).
‘There are a dozen clever deceptions in the book, twice as many as most writers would have given us.’ – Julian Symons in Bloody Murder.
Hugh Everton was intent on nothing more than quietly drinking in the second-rate hotel he found himself in on England’s south coast – and then in walked his old flame Lucy and her new husband and ex-Judge, Gregory Bath. Entreated by Lucy to join her party for an evening back at the Bath residence, Hugh is powerless to resist, but when the night ends with the judge’s inexplicable murder he is pitched back into a world of chaos and crime – a world he had tried to escape for good.
First published in 1952, The Widow of Bath offers intricate puzzles, international intrigue and a richly evoked portrait of post-war Britain, all delivered with Bennett’s signature brand of witty and elegant prose.
Author: Margot Bennett
Brand: British Library Publishing
Number of pages: 256 pages
Dimensions: 190 x 130 mm