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Windermere Witness, The (Lake District Mysteries) (udgave 2012)

af Rebecca Tope

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Following a personal tragedy, florist Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown has moved to the beautiful region of the Lake District to be nearer her charismatic parents. Things are going well, with her latest flower arrangements praised and Simmy content to lose herself in her work. But the peace she has found is shattered when, at the wedding of a millionaire's daughter, the bride's brother is found brutally murdered in the lake. As the florist of the wedding and one of the last people to talk to Mark Baxter alive, Simmy gradually becomes involved with the grief-ridden and angry relatives. All seem to have their fair share of secrets and scandals - an uncaring mother, a cheating father, and a husband twenty-five years older than his bride. When events take another sinister turn, Simmy becomes a prime witness and finds herself at the heart of a murder investigation. The chief suspects are the groom and his closely knit band of bachelor friends. They are all intimidating, volatile and secretive - but which one is a killer?… (mere)
Medlem:mappman
Titel:Windermere Witness, The (Lake District Mysteries)
Forfattere:Rebecca Tope
Info:Allison & Busby (2012), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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The Windermere Witness af Rebecca Tope

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This is the first of a series of contemporary murder mysteries set in various locations in the Lake District. Reading the book during this year's holiday in this lovely part of the country that is one of our favourite holiday destinations, I had every incentive to like it and pursue the series, especially as most of the subsequent books in the series are currently available at very low prices in ebook form. However, I'm afraid it is unlikely I will be reading them. While the author displays a great familiarity with Lake District locations that I loved to relate to where I have actually been, I found the plot of this novel, based on two murders around a high society wedding at a posh hotel on the shores of Windermere, rather unrealistic. Worse, I didn't really like any of the characters, finding nearly all of them rather irritating to a greater or lesser degree. The central character, Persimmon Brown, a florist, seemed to change her attitudes frequently towards the other characters and the murderous events in which she becomes unwittingly involved, at times trying to act the private detective and find out everything she can about the high society families involved, and at other times ruing her involvement in the affairs of people with whom she has little in common, and yearning for her quiet ordinary life. And at the end I still wasn't really clear about the murderer's motivations for the specific murders he committed. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 23, 2019 |
An OK read with some lovely descriptions.

For a full review please click on the link below or past it to your browser.

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  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
This was my first book by Rebecca Tope, and the central character is a florist who gets caught up in a murder at a wedding in Windmere in the Lake District. It is very much a cozy, and in the book Simmy is put at the forefront of the murders and sets out to find out who the killer is. It was an enjoyable read without being a great read, will certainly give other books by Rebecca Tope a try. Overall I would describe it as good honest writing which isn't too taxing on the old grey cells! ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
One of the very first things I learned about Simmy Brown is how tender-hearted she is. Still reeling from tragedies in her own life, she's throwing herself into her new business. Her part-time employee isn't the best fit for a florist shop, but Simmy sees the best in the young girl and doesn't look for a replacement. She also gets embroiled with the bride's family much too easily. Whenever they want to speak to her, she just can't seem to say no. Instead, she drops everything to see what they need from her. It's almost impossible not to like someone who sees the best in people and who is always willing to help-- especially when she's not doing so blindly. No, Simmy has a good head on her shoulders, and she does know how to use it.

I also learned a great deal about what goes into the running of a florist shop. Not just irritating customers, but flower ordering, wedding planning, and how to brainstorm ideas for new arrangements and display windows for the shop. Tope comes nowhere near to overwhelming the storyline with these facts, and since I'd never given any thought to this particular type of business, I found it very interesting.

The cast of secondary characters in The Windermere Witness is a strong one. Simmy's parents-- especially her mother-- are a bit eccentric, and readers can learn a bit about the bed-and-breakfast business as well. Simmy's part-time employee begins as an irritating young woman but with more shading given to her character, she becomes an important part of the cast. The winner to me, however, was seventeen-year-old Ben. Ben is intelligent, funny, and full of ideas. Simmy seems to be just the person to bring out the best in Ben, and I definitely want to see more of him.

As for the mystery itself, I have to admit that I was flummoxed. The main pool of suspects consisted of members of the wedding party, and they acted so strangely that I spent most of my time trying to figure them out, and I never did get around to trying to pin down the identity of the killer.

The lovely setting of England's Lake District, a strong cast of characters, and a puzzling mystery all lead me to look forward to Simmy Brown's next adventure! ( )
  cathyskye | Feb 19, 2015 |
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Following a personal tragedy, florist Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown has moved to the beautiful region of the Lake District to be nearer her charismatic parents. Things are going well, with her latest flower arrangements praised and Simmy content to lose herself in her work. But the peace she has found is shattered when, at the wedding of a millionaire's daughter, the bride's brother is found brutally murdered in the lake. As the florist of the wedding and one of the last people to talk to Mark Baxter alive, Simmy gradually becomes involved with the grief-ridden and angry relatives. All seem to have their fair share of secrets and scandals - an uncaring mother, a cheating father, and a husband twenty-five years older than his bride. When events take another sinister turn, Simmy becomes a prime witness and finds herself at the heart of a murder investigation. The chief suspects are the groom and his closely knit band of bachelor friends. They are all intimidating, volatile and secretive - but which one is a killer?

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