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Say It With Poison Hardcover – March 1, 1991


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  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312055064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312055066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Granger's strong debut features Meredith Mitchell, a British consular officer who encounters murder during her Oxfordshire holiday, and contemplative chief inspector Alan Markby. Throughout their investigations of two well-plotted village murders, the two sleuths--working for the most part separately but along parallel paths of detecton--stand out as realistically portrayed, mature characters whose motivations for solving the case are nearly as interesting as the crime itself. Indeed, this is one of those volumes to be savored by connoisseurs of characterization since the murder cannot be unraveled without gaining an understanding of the inner lives of those connected with the events. Meredith's duty visit to attend the wedding of her goddaughter, Sara, swiftly becomes anything but an ordinary nuptial occasion when Meredith finds a bloody ox heart tied to the gate of the house bearing the message "Welcome Home Sara." From there the inquisitive godmother discovers one by one that the locals are not all that they appear to be, including the charming local potter Philip Lorrimer, Lorrimer's theatening elderly neighbor, Sara's glamorous movie-star mother, the all-too-suave fiance and of course, the bride-to-be herself. It takes Meredith a bit longer to begin to understand the enigmatic chief inspector, whose attraction to her is delicately drawn by Granger. This novel establishes Granger as an author of considerable promise.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elsie Wilson on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fun murder mystery; like many others, not altogether believable in the real world, but entirely cohesive in its own. The heroine, Merry Mitchell, has a true past we learn about and learn to care about. The characters are not, for the most part, caricatures or stereotypical but drawn from life, believable. Definitely a possibility as the first novel of a series; whether Granger can continue the writing of believable characters we care about ~ especially Mitchell and Alan Markby, the police representative ~ remains to be seen. I hope so.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This may be the first in this wonderfully entertaining series, but it remains one of the very best.
The characters immediately strike you as real and quirky, with great potential. They are interesting and likeable. The writing is good, and the setting of the small village of eccentric people is excellent. The writing tangs with realism, even though this is generally accepted as being a not-very-realistic sub-genre. (Although, in my opinion, it actually is. The category of the village mystery is filled with realism. Lots of different people all living in close proximity to each other and no one else is bound to cause...interesting, things to happen. The potential for crime in a village is just as real in a village as it is a large city. However, while in a city you could have many different murders being investigated at once, in a village, rules of proportion cut the number of murders down to one. (Or thereabouts.) And as such, you can bring across in your novel every single aspect of the society in which this murder has occured, as the society is such a small one.
The plot here is great. The characters realistic. The solution unexpected. And the style typically Agatha Christie's Miss Marple-esque.
Great, great fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This first in the Mitchell & Markby series holds quite a bit of promise. It is certainly a modern version of the English village mystery. Ms. Granger writes a book with a tight plot and believable characters. We discover that Meredith Mitchell is a diplomatic worker who has come home to England for the wedding of her god-daughter who is also a cousin. She visits a poky little English village, and discovers that a whole lot of evil is going on behind the scenes. It results in a murder, and Meredith is thrown in with the local Police Inspector. She finds herself helping him with solving the puzzle, much to Markby's chagrin. The play between these two characters is interesting to watch, and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn T. on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Say It With Poison is the first book in the Mitchell and Markby series. Meredith Mitchell works as a British Consular in various countries for England. She receives a wedding invitation from her Godchild Sara. Sara's mother is Eve Owen who is Meredith's cousin. Meredith returns to the Cotswold Village of Westerfield for the wedding. Upon arrival she finds a threatening message and ox's heart on the gate to the house aimed at Sara. Soon murder comes to the village. Meredith meets Chief Inspector Alan Markby and the two embark on their separate investigations. Alan Markby is also in the wedding as he is giving the bride away.

If you like English village cozy mysteries with interesting characters, a great location and an original well plotted mystery, you will like Say It With Poison. The mystery was complex enough that I didn't have it solved until the end. I am going to continue with this series. Since Meredith lives outside England, I wonder now how she and Markby will continue the relationship that is just barely starting. The next book Season for Murder should answer that question.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Greenwood on November 4, 2012
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A very good combination of a love story between a foreign service consul who has been posted home, and her love for a CID inspector whose job she hates. Lots of British background, interesting murders. A good read. My library didn;t have the first volumn, so I bought it. After I read it, I donated it to the library so that others will be able to know what happened at the beginning.
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