Beware of the Dog

E.X. Ferrars


Beware of the Dog

Beware of the Dog

  • Title: Beware of the Dog
  • Author: E.X. Ferrars
  • ISBN: 9780385422888
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover



When Helen Lovelace dies peacefully at the age of eighty eight, her affable grandnephew Nicholas Duffield, recently returned from Australia, and his stunning cousin, Kate Galvin, arrived from America for the funeral, stand to share a substantial inheritance When Kate is murdered in her bed, suspicion naturally falls on Nicholas Helen s longtime housekeeper and companionWhen Helen Lovelace dies peacefully at the age of eighty eight, her affable grandnephew Nicholas Duffield, recently returned from Australia, and his stunning cousin, Kate Galvin, arrived from America for the funeral, stand to share a substantial inheritance When Kate is murdered in her bed, suspicion naturally falls on Nicholas Helen s longtime housekeeper and companion refuses to believe that the gracious young man could have committed the crime and implores her neighbor, Virginia Freer, to prevail upon her estranged husband, the exasperating charmer Felix, to prove Nick s innocence A fanciful con artist, perpetual liar, and petty crook, Felix is fascinated by the puzzle of embittered neighbors, poisoned pet, and purloined emeralds Virginia apprehensively observes her infuriatingly clever onetime spouse sort out the missing pieces supplied by a local jewelry maker who knows about the emeralds than he has told the police by a mentally retarded young man whose selflessly devoted mother harbors a deep seated animosity toward the murdered woman and by a successful crime writer with her own reasons for hating the beguiling Kate When the housekeeper almost becomes a second victim, Felix astutely picks up on an obscure clue and proves what he has suspected all along.


Recent Comments "Beware of the Dog"

As a mystery, this book was OK. It seemed kind of old-fashioned, the type where there's a quick, off-scene murder and then the cast of suspects spends most of the story talking to each other until the eccentric amateur sleuth, who is somewhat removed from the situation, figures out what happens and explains it all in the end. And when Hercule Poirot does that, it's usually great fun to read about. But our hero--Felix Freer, sort of ex-husband of our narrator, Virginia (they're separated but not [...]

When old Mrs. Lovelock dies, her great niece returns from the United States and promptly is murdered. Mrs. Lovelock's companion Anna Cox begs Virginia Freer to invite her estranged husband Felix to visit, hoping that he will be able to clear the leading suspect: Mrs. Lovelock's nephew Nick. I hope it's not a spoiler to say that when I'm reading Ferrars at her best, I always think of George Meredith's line: "We are betrayed by what is false within."

(4.25 stars) One of Ferrars's best late books. The characters are engaging people and the solution is elegant and surprising.

The mystery was okay but it was a disappointing ending for the last book of the series. The main characters didn't grow much through the course of the series. I found them a tad depressing.


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