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The Late Mrs. Prioleau
The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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We might be living in the first chapter of one of my own detective stories, the kind of story I always felt to be so improbable. A woman lay dead upstairs waiting to be screwed down; in another bedroom a man was having hysterics; in the kitchen a grey parrot was imitating both their voices; and in the sitting-room crouched the pugs, glaring at us now with rage and terror in their popping eyes. Soon a car would drive up and Henry's sisters would join us, and Mr Galvain the man of business; and I, the stranger, wearing black for a woman I had never known, sat waiting to meet them. At the opening of Monica Tindall's brilliant only novel, Susan Prioleau wishes to investigate the source of the darkness and dysfunctionality in her husband's family. Susan's background as a mystery writer and journalist makes her the ideal choice to unearth the truth behind Helena Prioleau's startling transformation from a charming, witty, artistic girl into the abusive woman she became after marriage. Susan's investigations are as addictive and compelling as a detective novel, and Tindall's subtle understanding of human nature will leave readers fascinated and conflicted about a woman who suffered much and made others suffer with her. This new edition includes an introduction by Gillian Tindall. "Shows her to have a style that is already mature, as well as considerable descriptive powers. Using the first person narrative technique, she unfolds the tragic story of a late 19th century marriage of convenience. Her subtle handling of the flashback adds to the refreshing quality of the book. It does not mean that she gives away any of the plot; on the contrary she introduces an element of surprise at the end." Melbourne Argus
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The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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Well, we found out all about Mrs Prioleau, and about Austin, in the end, didn't we? My problem was that I was more interested in Susan and Norrie. An enjoyable read, nonetheless. #FurrowedMiddlebrow

LeahBergen Susan sort of got short shrift at the halfway point, didn‘t she? I liked Norrie‘s character, as well (and as sad as her life was, that Mrs Prioleau had it coming 😆). 11mo
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The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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I'm enjoying this #FurrowedMiddlebrow read, but about a third of the way in, I'm wondering where it is going.

catebutler I just started this, tonight. So far, I‘m really enjoying it. Like you, interested to see where it goes. 11mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @catebutler It‘s a bit odd, isn‘t it? I‘m still reading (but may finish yet tonight). 11mo
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I just started this one for a buddy read with my dear chum, @shawnmooney . The author was the sister-in-law of Ursula Orange (one of my favourite #FurrowedMiddlebrow authors) and that makes her the aunt of the novelist and historian, Gillian Tindall. Got that? 😉

And sorry, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub - I‘m not forsaking you! I had promised Shawn last year to read this with him. Feel free to join me if you own it! 😊😊

quietjenn I don't think I have this one, but it sounds fascinating! Will look forward to your thoughts. 11mo
MsMelissa All these books I need to try! Sigh. Maybe when I retire 😂 11mo
Tamra I like the blurb - stacked! 11mo
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BarbaraBB What a gorgeous edition 😍 11mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good too ! Enjoy Leah ❤️ stacking 11mo
CarolynM I just might do that🙂 11mo
batsy This sounds really good! 11mo
catebutler Just pulled this from my shelves, would love to join in for future reads, I love these editions. ♥️ 11mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I‘m really enjoying it! 11mo
LeahBergen @MsMelissa Sigh is right! 😆 11mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘m liking it so far! 11mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It‘s a cool cover, isn‘t it? 11mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll like it! 11mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM 👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m really enjoying it! 11mo
LeahBergen @catebutler I‘ll tag you when our little group starts another one. 😊 11mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yay! I purchased the Kindle edition since it isn‘t in my library system. 11mo
rubyslippersreads I just bought the Kindle version. 😊 11mo
rubyslippersreads And #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, I just saw that nine new titles are coming out in June! 😄 (edited) 11mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I saw that, too! And all Scottish. 💙 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 💙 11mo
elkeOriginal This was an interesting read! 3w
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