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Blood lies : a Dido Hoare mystery
Macdonald, Marianne, 1934-
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Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
x, 259 pages ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton : 2001.
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To escape from bad memories and nightmares in London, antiquarian book dealer Dido Hoare takes time off to visit a childhood friend, Lizzy Waring. Lizzy lives in the picturesque village of Somerset with her husband and his family. The Warings own Monksdanes, an idyllic Georgian mansion; it appears the perfect place for an over-active London native to rest and recuperate.
At first Dido is enchanted by the surroundings. But it's not long before she realizes, to her dismay, that the postcard beauty is just a facade - there's a much darker reality below the surface. And her best friend is unwillingly at the center of it all; something has gone terribly wrong with Lizzy's life. But what? Lizzie won't say, and her in-laws are a secretive lot. The Waring family code is quite obviously blood is thicker than water. The rest of the world are outsiders. Nothing is what it seems.
Dido is determined to help her old friend. Fighting through a maze of lies and misdemeanors, and ultimately what she suspects is murder, she persists in probing the deep secrets the Warings are guarding. Making some allies and some enemies along the way, Dido uncovers the sinister underbelly to life in the picturesque village. Although aware that she is putting herself in jeopardy, she doggedly brings to light the horrifying truth that is at the center of it all.

Author Notes

Marianne MacDonald was born on July 9, 1934 in Canada. She is a children's books author and novelist best known for her mystery series featuring London antiques bookstore owner and amateur investigator Dido Hoare. The title's in her Dido Hoare Series .include: Death's Autograph, Ghost Walk, Blood Lies, Three Monleys and Faking It. Her children's book titles include Black Base Rock, The Witch Repair, and Dragon for Sale.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Dido Hoare, Macdonald's quick-minded heroine, comes fully into her own in this episode, as she leaves her antiquarian bookshop in London for a fortnight visit with her oldest friend, Lizzie. Newly pregnant, Lizzie has come to the Somerset village of Alford with her husband to help him keep track of his father, who is slipping steadily into dementia in the ancient pile of a house called Monksdanes. It doesn't take Dido long to find out that there's a lot of dark stuff going on: Lizzie discovers an unknown brother-in-law suddenly come home after a manslaughter conviction; the family of the dead girl in that case has some very odd members; and Lizzie's demented father-in-law is muttering about an extremely rare edition of Peter Rabbit. Dido's skills in the book trade and her offhand adoration of her toddler son, Ben--who fits as smoothly into her investigations as does her father, the inimitable Barnabas--play well against the classic quaintness of Somerset, with its very modern crimes and misdemeanors. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Blood Lies: A Dido Hoare Mystery, Marianne MacDonalds sleuthing antiquarian book dealer"and self-described city girl "turns her attention to smalltown crime when a visit to her old friend Lizzy Waring (nEe Harper) reveals the proper Waring familys dark past. As Lizzys parents-in-law go insane, her husband gets dodgy and her brother-in-law returns from prison, it becomes clear that an old manslaughter charge, a valuable missing first edition and a new death are all somehow connected, and that its up to the enterprising and likable single mom to figure out how. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Notes and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 Looking for the Dead Endp. 1
2 Seeing the Cowsp. 7
3 Seeing the Worldp. 15
4 Seeing the Starsp. 19
5 The Hole in the Picturep. 25
6 Sundownerp. 35
7 Counting Backwardsp. 41
8 Mrs Molyneuxp. 45
9 On and Off the Recordp. 53
10 Out of Timep. 61
11 Business Mattersp. 65
12 Party Timep. 73
13 Sandp. 79
14 Low Profilesp. 87
15 Roast Beef and Gravestonesp. 93
16 Gentlemanly Conversationp. 103
17 Rainp. 109
18 Down the Lanep. 113
19 Visitsp. 117
20 Visitorsp. 125
21 Billyp. 131
22 Old Books, Old Bonesp. 141
23 New Questions, New Answersp. 149
24 Trafficp. 155
25 Bad Mannersp. 163
26 Piecesp. 171
27 Bloodstainsp. 177
28 Wading Through Treaclep. 185
29 Grave Mattersp. 191
30 Mondays Can Be Difficultp. 199
31 Morning Afterp. 207
32 Very Funnyp. 213
33 Silencep. 219
34 The Grand Planp. 223
35 The Other Deadp. 227
36 The Big Picturep. 235
37 Dry Rustp. 241
38 The Rabbit is Deadp. 251