A Kirkus Star for Poison is Not Polite

January 20, 2016

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I’m delighted to say that Poison is Not Polite, the US edition of Arsenic for Tea, has been given another review. This time it’s from Kirkus magazine – and they’ve given it a star as well! From the review:

‘Wells and Wong return in a classic country-estate mystery… this well-crafted and entertaining detective story, a stand-alone sequel to Murder Is Bad Manners (2014), is solidly set in a fading world of 1930s minor nobility and supported by a cast list and map. A first-rate whodunit, reminiscent of a game of Clue and terrific preparation for the works of Agatha Christie.’

Read the full (and very lovely) article at the Kirkus website, here. I really am so pleased – the book will be published in April, and it’s amazing to know that it’s being so well-recieved already!

 

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