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Malice in Cornwall: An Erskine Powell Mystery (Erskine Powell Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Thomas
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On the north coast of Cornwall, residents in the quaint seaside town of Penrick report a terrifying phenomenon--an eerie, glowing apparition that rides the surf at night, adding a weird fascination to this place of picturesque streets, secluded beaches, and abandoned mines. Yet Chief Superintendent Powell soon learns that Penrick already harbors unsolved mysteries. For, thirty years ago, someone killed a teenager and left her body to wash up on Penrick Sands--precisely where the apparition now appears. In fact, Powell faces not one but two strangely intertwined puzzles and a double-edged sword of menace. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Thomas's second Erskine Powell mystery?after the Chief Superintendent's auspicious debut in Malice in the Highlands?finds Powell on the north coast of Cornwall, where frightened residents of quaint Penrich have reported a weird apparition that glows in the nighttime surf. Is there some connection with the unsolved mystery of a teenager's death 30 years earlier? As before, the author's vivid imagery, explicit setting and rounded depiction of both major and minor characters combine with a thrilling plot to provide a most satisfying read. Although lacking a unifying metaphor, as salmon fishing served in his first book, Thomas's sequel deepens Powell's characterization as master sailor and skilled rock climber. Readers will find the unraveling of this fascinating mystery and the continued untangling of Powell's character equally impressive.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

The first thing that comes to mind when people mention Graham Thomas is that he is a perfectionist. He cares very deeply about quality, and he wants everything to be absolutely perfect. When we were preparing MALICE IN THE HIGHLANDS and MALICE IN CORNWALL for publication, Graham would e-mail us with continual changes; mistakes and ambiguity are not allowed. He is so enmeshed in his stories that he does not want anything to take the reader out of them, the way a clunky sentence, a typographical error, or an ambiguous speaker might. And that's one of the many reasons I enjoy working on his books. They are entertaining, extremely well written, and as darn close to perfect as any book out there. And as managing editor at Ballantine, where part of my job is to ensure accuracy in all of our mass market paperbacks, Graham Thomas is a godsend. He makes my job easier and a lot more fun; I can hardly wait for his next manuscript to come my way.

Mark Rifkin, Managing Editorial

Product Details

  • File Size: 2569 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (April 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0024CEYHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Inspector Morse... May 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Malice in Cornwall reads much like the Inspector Morse or Wexford TV mysteries. Rather than an opera loving Morse, Graham Thomas has created Erskine Powell and his sidekick Detective-Sgt. Black who banter literary quotations back and forth. The Black character comes across as amusing. Powell isn't quite there yet - as a character, I mean. I don't think he has a personality strong enough for a series.
The mystery is straight forward. Plenty of digressions on Cornwall and the food Powell and Black are served. Is this a good thing or not?
The final paragraph was quite good. But I won't quote it here.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English cozy takes on Cornish ambiance September 1, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this delightful mystery on a whim based on the quote by Susan Allen Toth (the engaging author of "My Love Affair with England") on the flyleaf. Graham Thomas draws his quaint and quirky local Cornish characters with a fine hand, and seems to be developing a fascinating, if all-too-human protagonist in Scotland Yard's Erskine Powell. As for locale, you can feel the rising damp on every page. Well done, I say. I look forward to more development of Chief Inspector Powell as well as more colorful locations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of M.C.Beaton... August 31, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You will probably appreciate this authors prose, but will realize this is not the easy, light-hearted engrossing read the Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin series are. But, the story is intriguing, once you get into the book. If you do wish to read this, be careful of a prior review; it just about tells the entire plot. NOT appreciated !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate mystery June 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With the tin mining industry going elsewhere and the fishing industry near death, the residents of Cornwall depend on tourism to support their lifestyles. The town of Penrick Sands is the typical Cornwall town except they have a problem that drives tourists away. Every evening, a headless and armless torso illuminates the night skies only to disappear a few minutes later.
The local constabulary has been unable to obtain any answers to the puzzle. New Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell and his assistant Detective Sargent William Black are assigned to the investigation. Although they find the torso washed up on the beach, they have no idea who is behind the body's continued reappearance. While they continue their inquiries, they learn that a teenager was murdered thirty years ago with killer never caught. Similarities between the two cases exist. As the police officers get closer to the truth, a desperate individual is ready to take lethal steps to insure that they fail to findany answers.
Graham Thomas is a writer who has the ability to describe a place in incredibly colorful detail, making the reader feel as if they are on location. The second Powell mystery is better then its predecessor, the fabulous MALICE IN THE HIGHLANDS, because it allows the audience to see inside the flawed soul of the appealing hero. The complex mystery, connecting the past and present, makes this one novel that will not be put down until the end so that the reader obtains all the answers.

Harriet Klausner
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