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Something Wicked

(The first book in the Andrew Basnett series)
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A retired botanist comes to stay in a charming English village, where murder and blackmail disturb the bucolic peace in this mystery series debut.

No longer on the sprightly side of seventy, Professor Andrew Basnett is looking forward to retirement and finally digging into the biography he plans to write about an obscure seventeenth century botanist. While his flat in town is renovated, he settles into a little village in Oxfordshire where he’s borrowed his nephew’s cottage. It sounds perfectly pleasant, even with the village murderess living right up the road.

Basnett’s nephew informs him that Pauline Hewison’s case never came to trial because she had the perfect alibi. Not entirely comforted, Basnett is more unnerved when a blizzard knocks out the power and provides a dark, snowy night just like the one six years ago when someone shot Charles Hewison through the head. It doesn’t help that there’s been another murder and that Pauline, once again, has motive to spare.

Genre: Mystery

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