Joanna Cannan

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... und doch ein Schurke sein

... und doch ein Schurke sein

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Erschienen am 01.01.1967
Alte Sünden

Alte Sünden

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Erschienen am 01.01.1961
Murder included

Murder included

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Erschienen am 01.01.1958

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kleinegrauewolkevor 4 Jahren

I think I only bought "Murder included" because I was buying a number of the green Penguins (Cyril Hare etc.) from a bookseller a few years ago and this one was among them and I thought it would be cruel to separate these books which seemed to have belonged to the same previous owner. At any rate, I'm glad I did and I'm glad I finally got around to actually reading it. If anyone is looking for a light read with plenty of humour, you won't go wrong with this one:

In a fit of being sensible and wanting a good English upbringing for her daughter (who is of somewhat indeterminable age and a pure delight, even though I usually dislike children in fiction) Bunny has left her carefree life in France in order to marry Sir Charles d'Estray, a decision that causes her to recite "You've made your bed ..." every morning. Sir Charles has a draughty mansion and a family who frowns upon "French" habits (such as having breakfast in your bedroom), and his finances are a complete mess, causing Bunny to turn said mansion into a guesthouse. Unfortunately, one of the guests (and relatives) checks out rather prematurely, and as she wasn't the most pleasant person on god's green earth, the local police have their work cut out and decide to call in help from London. Naturally, the expert from London initially spends a lot of his time despairing over how things are done in the country before he gets around to doing some actual detecting and things are beginning to look bad for Bunny ...

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