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From Publishers Weekly

Chan's sprightly debut, a contemporary homage to Dorothy L. Sayers's classic Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, introduces an appealing pair of sleuths. Jack Gibbons, an ambitious Scotland Yard detective sergeant, investigates the fatal poisoning of successful businessman Geoffrey Berowne, aided by his best friend from university days, Phillip Bethancourt, who's a wealthy man-about-town with a nose for crime. The chief suspect is Berowne's attractive wife, Annette, whose previous two husbands, both much older than she, also died under odd circumstances. When Gibbons rather predictably starts falling for Annette, he seeks another solution to the murder, despite everything pointing to the young widow as the killer. Even if Gibbons and Bethancourt are hardly original as a detective duo, traditional English mystery devotees should look forward to their further adventures.
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Adult/High School–This novel brings together two different strands of the classic English detective story by taking two men as its protagonists: Phillip Bethancourt, a well-born dabbler with an interest in and aptitude for crime solving, and Jack Gibbons, a hardworking and dedicated up-and-comer on the police force. They must solve the murder of a wealthy industrialist, which allows Chan to give readers a modern take on the old English country-house murder tale through the two lead characters, one of whom falls in love with the dead man's widow. The author tells a tale that is part crime story, part family drama, part buddy flick, and part love story, a combination that makes for enjoyable reading.–Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's Minotaur Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312337485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312337483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,393,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in New York City, and grew up in Connecticut. My books are set in England, which may seem odd for a dyed-in-the-wool American, but I have always been an Anglophile, and was strongly influenced by English children's literature in my youth.

I have spent a good bit of time in England over the years, and look forward to spending more.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MADbookshelf on July 28, 2005
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What a wonderful, fun read. Escape to a world that is a cross between that of Peter Wimsey and Bridget Jones with a dash of Clue thrown in.

I was torn between dashing through this to see who poisoned wealthy Geoffery Berowne in the study of estate and taking it in slow bites to relish each character and scene. I chose the latter and enjoyed my stay in the English countryside, despite the cloud of the clever murder hanging overhead. I felt as frustrated as aristocratic amateur sleuth Phillip Bethancourt and his friend Scotland yard detective Jack Gibbons as various family members and servants seemed likely suspects, and then they didn't.

I look forward to more from this writer. (BTW, I see Hugh Grant as Bethancourt if it should ever hit the screen.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LBP on August 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As an Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers fan I am delighted to have found another writer in the same genre. I do hope there will be many more from this author. So many modern crime writers seem to need to wallow in gory forensic details which make for very unpleasant reading. It is good to find writing that doesn't pander to the current obsession for the deeply nasty.

As a Brit, I did notice that it was written by an American, but felt very flattered at her evident love of all things British.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on November 15, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Annette Berowne had a sweet, heart-shaped face. She had honey-blond hair and wide brown eyes. She was not beautiful, and certainly not glamorous, but only Phillip Bethancourt noticed that."

So begins Cassandra Chan's debut novel, The Young Widow, in her debut mystery series of Phillip Bethancourt and Jack Gibbons mysteries (clearly this book is a CLW review because of the author and not the main characters). But before discussing Annette Berowne, it is important to know about Gibbons and Bethancourt.

Bethancourt and Gibbons could not be more different. Everything comes easily to Phillip Bethancourt, a young and wealthy Englishman with a model girlfriend and posh apartment to match his high standard of living. Jack Gibbons, on the other hand, is more of an everyman--an ambitious detective sergeant at Scotland Yard, Gibbons has his eye on more important things than parties and women: he's watching for a career-making case. Despite their differences the two men strike an easy friendship, largely because of Bethancourt's interest in all things criminal and his knack for helping Gibbons with his more, shall we say, complex cases.

Annette Berowne, meanwhile, is the not beautiful nor glamorous widow of the murder victim in Gibbons' latest case. From the start, Annette Berowne seems like the obvious suspect, a young woman married to a man who could be her father usually is. Especially when that woman has been married to two other older men. Men who also died under unique circumstances.

However, as Jack and Phillip soon realize, Annette is not the only one who would benefit from Berowne's death. In fact, the small town near the family estate is ripe with suspects, as is the family itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SouthernBelle on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Smashing, fun read! The Young Widow transports you right into the English Countryside. Character development is outstanding - I felt like I knew each of them personally by the time the mystery had been solved. Hope we're going to see more of Phillip Bethancourt in the future! A great first novel for Ms. Chan!
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By Fred Camfield on February 10, 2013
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This is the introductory novel in the Jack Gibbons/Phillip Bethancourt series. For a later novel in the series see A Spider on the Stairs. I have always liked British mysteries because they rely on an intellectual challenge rather than guns and violence. In this case we have a wealthy man who has been poisoned with lillies of the valley - the cut stems will poison the water in a vase. He had married a much younger woman, disliked by the family, as his second wife, and she is the prime suspect. All evidence is circumstantial, but the widow had previously been married to two other older men who died. There is speculation that she might be a blsck widow, preying on older men.

The novel introduces Sergeant Jack Gibbons of Scotland Yard and his friend, the wealthy Phillip Bethancourt. Both are Oxford graduates. The novel spends some amount of plot filling in the backgrounds of the two men and the other characters. The plot becomes complex as the investigation reveals extra-marital affairs including a rake who preys on married women. Both Jack and Phillip become involved with women in the case. There are questions about who will benefit from the man's death, and in what way - there are other things involved besides money.

The novel is a bit slow reading because of the details filling in various backgrounds, but you get drawn into the plot as it progresses. Scotland Yard discovers that you need to be sure of your facts, and the novel has a surprising conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Netta on May 16, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It held your attention. Its not one of the best mysteries, but it is engrossing. Not brain candy, but brain pizza maybe! I will be definitely checking out this author's other books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Gigi on November 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not a bad debut novel that followed the classic whodunnit formula. However, one thing that bothered me the most about it was that a medical reference in the book was inaccurate: Diabetic patients usually receive their insulin injections via subcutaneous injection; intravenous injections of insuliin is usually only given in emergency situations. However, in the book, a retired nurse mentioned how the suspect might have killed one of her late husbands by injecting air into his vein during his regular insulin treatment. I always expect writers to do their research thoroughly, especially when diabetes is such a well-known disease...

That hiccup aside, not a bad read.
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