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The advertisement that Molly Pargenter answered made the Tuscany villa to let sound like the ideal placesuspiciously too idealfor her family to spend its summer vacation. Arriving in Italy with her husband, three daughters, and father, she finds an unusual assortment of locals and English expatriates for neighbors, as well as detailed notes on the proper use of the house left by her absentee landlord, one S. Kettering. Molly's obsession with learning as much as possible about the Kettering household leads her to some ominous conclusions. Mortimer (author of Rumpole of the Bailey and a writer for the television series Brideshead Revisted ) has blended elements of social satire and mystery into an entertaining story whose atmosphere of mounting tension culminates in a disturbing climax. Lonnie Beene, West Texas State Univ. Lib., Canyon
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.
I have two "summer books" that I usually read every year, Summer's Lease and Beachcombing at Miramar. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geraldine
Excellent service. This is a replacement copy as I gave mine to a friend. This is an amusing story of intrigue i& skullduggery n Tuscany and written with the usual Mortimer... Read morePublished 8 months ago by junella haynes
Loved it- had seen the movie and then listened to the book- both are excellent.
Martin Jarvis is an excellent narrator for this story.
I read this book for the first time about 20 years ago. I read about 150 books each year. This book has really stuck with me and through the years I knew I needed to read it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JDM
This book is a bit different from the Rumpole novels, the humor is slyer and the characters are a little more developed. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Slick
It is the fame of Rumpole of the Bailey that attracted me to a different type of book by John Mortimer. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Discerning Reader
John Mortimer's 1988 comic mystery novel takes its title from Shakespeare, which might seem appropriate given the nearly Falstaffian dimensions of its most memorable character, the... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Jay Dickson
Summer's Lease is a light mystery-comedy centering on dowdy middle class British housewife Molly Pargeter, who loves Italian Renaissance art and mysteries. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by M. Smith