Book Review of “The Poison Pen” by Marjorie Owen


Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward had just started his vacation with his pregnant wife when the call came. Another murder had interrupted the town’s peaceful existence, and the murderer won’t stop at just one victim.

Richard will need all of his expertise if he’s going to find the killer lurking among the town’s only department store. But when the Chief Inspector gets too close to the truth, his ongoing search places his wife and the life of his unborn child in jeopardy. It’s a killer’s warning. Back off or pay the consequences.

Never one to back down, Richard must find the murderer before more lives are taken, but most importantly, he will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Genre: Mystery / Crime / Detective / Police / Murder
My Review:
It is with a very heavy heart that I started reading this book. Just after I finished the previous book, I got to know that the author of this wonderful series is no more. So that means this is the last book of Richard Hayward that I will be reading. And I seriously have not had enough of him. I wanted more – so much more. But then, I still had a book to read and a review to write, and I cannot be emotional right now. So I set forth on yet another wonderful journey with Richard Hayward, Jim Fenton and their family and friends.
The rating given on Goodreads speaks for itself about the quality of the story. Very few books might have received 4.62 stars average, with almost everyone rating it 5 stars. Even if you are very skeptical, not so many people can go wrong about a story. And yes, the story is yet another awesome murder mystery.
Richard Hayward is stuck in a murder investigation of a person who everyone hates and has no friends. The more he gets to know of the victim, the less victim he appears to be. And all the while, half of his mind is at home with his pregnant wife. However, very soon the investigation hits home when his family is threatened by the killer and yet another murder happens.
The way the story twists and turns is truly an art of brilliance in place. You can read the book and get the feeling very similar to that when you are appreciating an intrinsic work of art. The brilliance of Richard Hayward and the loyal dedication of Jim Felton is something to be read and believed. The romance between Richard and Kate, and Jim and Lucy is very refreshing and kept well within limits. The focus is kept entirely on the mystery and these romance does not take away the focus. Instead they give a humane touch to the story,which is very much appreciated.

There is no flaw, none at all. I cannot get enough of praising the book. Anyone who loves Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Conan Doyle must read this book. You will definitely not be disappointed.

Star Rating : 5 Stars
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3 thoughts on “Book Review of “The Poison Pen” by Marjorie Owen

  1. Thank you Devi for such beautiful words and reviews of Mum’s books. I know that she is watching and listening and happy to receive such appreciation of her works. I know that I am!


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