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Fear Stalks the Village It was a model English village filled with flowers Tudor cottages and cobbled streets Joan Brook loved working there as a companion to Lady d Arcy living in the huge mansion with its surrounding p

  • Title: Fear Stalks the Village
  • Author: Ethel Lina White
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fear Stalks the Village By Ethel Lina White, It was a model English village, filled with flowers, Tudor cottages, and cobbled streets Joan Brook loved working there as a companion to Lady d Arcy, living in the huge mansion with its surrounding park And small though the village was, it was not too small for Joan to have found a man there whom she could love.Suddenly the peaceful surface of life there is shattered asIt was a model English village, filled with flowers, Tudor cottages, and cobbled streets Joan Brook loved working there as a companion to Lady d Arcy, living in the huge mansion with its surrounding park And small though the village was, it was not too small for Joan to have found a man there whom she could love.Suddenly the peaceful surface of life there is shattered as a poisonous letter is received by the town s most saintly citizen It is followed by others no one is safe from the anonymous letter writer And the letters bring death In the anguished days that follow, Joan realizes her own danger For to receive on of these letters could mean the end of her love and her life

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    1. Dry SocietyA village you won t want to leave because life is so well ordered, neighbourly and perfect in every way imaginable there This concept seems like a dodo dinky and heart warming to look at, but also pathetically easy to give short shrift to because it is just so very clumsy The depths of depravity lying behind a polished fa ade of decency, the mean hypocrisy of genteel folks, the mycelium of distrust that grows underneath the flora of good manners all these are popular motifs of literat [...]

    2. Just read at Gutenberg Australia I m really having so much fun with White s thrillers This one is set in a perfect English village which is struck by fear, and once again she kept me on my toes with veiled predictions, characters who may or may not be what they seem, and a pace that never slackens It s a humble thriller, but very well done, and will please all those who like their crime served in a tea cozy with plenty of 1932 English ambience Garden parties, Tudor manorss, please Also, some une [...]

    3. A very old school light reading that never bores but never equally excites A very light touch narrative without pretension or refreshing originality but that has everything in its place All flows with no big flaws The introduction of a semi amateurish inspector in the middle of the book might have been a nice surprise if it were not for the uncharacteristically bland way in which the author pushes him into actionwith no thrills or frills This character could have benefited from a in depth descr [...]

    4. This is one of the best psychological thrillers I ve read in a long time Taken purely by itself, it deserves a solid three to three and a half stars However, when you figure in that it was written in 1932, that bumps it up to four stars.Do NOT be put off by the purple prose at the beginning Yeah, I know s bad enough to make your back teeth hurt, but believe me, it s there for a purpose White s use of foreshadowing is spot on Just when you start to think the book is winding down or getting a bit [...]

    5. I absolutely loved Ethel Lina White s The Wheel Spins, and was very much looking forward to reading the rest of her work I had no idea what Fear Stalks the Village was about before I began I deliberately avoided any blurbs which I could have found, in order to come to the story truly afresh The novel is not badly written, but it barely captured my attention, and was in a completely different league to The Wheel Spins The denouement was very obvious indeed, which was a real shame.

    6. Ethel Lina White was a British mystery writer, best known for her books Some Must Watch basis of the movie The Spiral Staircase and The Wheel Spins basis of the Hitchcock movie The Lady Vanishes In Fear Stalks the Village, the residents of a small town begin to receive poison pen letters accusing them of various misdeeds The formerly idyllic village becomes prey to fear and paranoia The Rector notices the change in the atmosphere There was a complete stoppage of all social intercourse He met no [...]

    7. It was only fairly recently that I first heard of Ethel Lina White, on Past Offences blog On finding there were a number available quite cheaply as ebooks I happily downloaded a couple to my kindle Ethel Lina White wrote seventeen novels published between 1927 and 1944 placing her work firmly in that period of Golden Age crime fiction Her first three novels however were mainstream works rather than crime novels, and Fear Stalks the village just her second published work of crime fiction.The vill [...]

    8. This book is actually three and a half stars Three reasons explain my rating First, I could not identify with any of the characters I didn t like a single one of them and they acted so theatrically at times it was a bit of an irritant Then there is fear Or should I write Fear The authors gives it a human personification, with Fear sneaking to people and acting like a human being Silly But the worse character was the Doctor s wife, Marianne or, as he calls her Mary Ann I wanted to strangle the cr [...]

    9. This was among the bulk of free e books I found recently, and while I initially wanted to read The Spiral Staircase first, I found out that out of the 3 ELW books in the bulk, this one was the earliest, the part of me obsessed with chronology just wouldn t let me start with the second oldest book.It was not an easy read the first few chapters Language too florid and metaphor heavy But I persevered, and was rewarded with a page turner, several or less annoying characters, and a mediocre story Co [...]

    10. I got the collected works of this author on the strength of reading Waxworks, a very creepy short story Fear Stalks the Village should be a short story but instead is rambling and becomes tedious as the culprit Annonymous letter writer becomes evident but the hunt for the person is dragged out So far as the ending is concerned, I had to skim read the last four pages of waffle.Readable, but could do with a major trimming down.

    11. A quick, easy, light read with lots of quaint characters I did find the mystery aspect very predictable though

    12. Not as good as her other books that i ve read such as The Wheel Spins, set in an old mill and the title will make you shiver once you ve read it but still worth reading if you don t know this writer, her best known books are two that were made into movies The Spiral Staircase and The Lady Vanishes.

    13. This is one of her best, she really knows how to do atmosphere You think you ve seen read it all Think again

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