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The Poison Cupboard

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'Here was the real culprit, the one who ought to have been in the dock: here the criminal whose folly and extravagance had led Peter into trouble....'

Hardworking Laura Swanton, a local G.P., has lavished all her affection on her wastrel twin brother.

But then he is sent to prison and his wife - of whose existence Laura has been unaware - comes to live with her and her mother.

Laura's initial contempt for this woman curdles into vicious dislike, which finally becomes an obsession. She believes that she is the one who got Peter into trouble in the first place.

Somehow she must avert this threat to the very foundation of her existence. Somehow - but how?

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"Murder, conspiracy,'s got everything!" - Thomas Waugh

'Polished, professional and highly inventive' - Irish Times

'Fearsome picture of Bright Young Things of Today' - The Guardian

John Burke
was born in Sussex in 1922. He served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Marines during the war. After working for the publishers Museum Press and the Books for Pleasure Group, he was a Public Relations and Publications Executive for Shell (1959 - 63) and Story Editor for Twentieth Century-Fox (1963 - 65) before becoming a full-time writer in 1966.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : Paperback

Title: The Poison Cupboard
Author(s): John Burke
ISBN: 1-977035-15-9 / 978-1-977035-15-8
Publisher: Independently published
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November 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: The Poison Cupboard
Author(s): John Burke
ISBN: 1-4448-0896-6 / 978-1-4448-0896-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford Mystery
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Kindle Editions

December 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Poison Cupboard
Author(s): John Burke
Publisher: Lume Books
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