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Title:
Flight of a witch
Author:
Peters, Ellis, 1913-1995.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Mysterious Press, 1991.

©1964
Physical Description:
232 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Previously published in England by Collins"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780892964048
Format :
Book

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Author Notes

Ellis Peters is the pseudonym for Edith Pargeter, who was born in Horsehay, Shropshire. She was a chemist's assistant from 1933 to 1940 and participated during World War II in the Women's Royal Navy Service. The name "Ellis Peters" was adopted by Edith Pargeter to clearly mark a division between her mystery stories and her other work. Her brother was Ellis and Petra was a friend from Czechoslovakia, thus the name. She came to writing mysteries, she says, "after half a lifetime of novel-writing." Her detective fiction features well-rounded, knowledgeable characters with whom the reader can empathize.

Her most famous literary creation is the medieval monk Brother Cadfael. The blend of history and the formula of the detective story gives Peters's works their popular appeal. As detective hero, Brother Cadfael remains faithful to the requirements of the formula, yet the historical milieu in which he operates is both fully realized and well textured. Peters received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award in 1963 and the Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1981.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Peters' latest mystery revolves around the sheer beauty of 18-year-old Annet Beck, whom no one--including her ineffectual parents and the reader--knows very well. The story is told in the third person, primarily from the vantage point of Tom Kenyon, new sixth-form mathematics teacher in a small Shropshire village, who becomes a boarder at Annet's house and, like virtually every other man who comes in contact with her, falls in love with her at first sight. Did Annet indeed have a Rip van Winkle experience at the mysterious Hallowmount, where, it is said, a witch coven used to meet, or was her five-day absence a cover-up for something else? That's what Inspector George Felse would like to know when Annet is identified as being near the scene of a robbery-murder in Birmingham. Foreshadowing sends messages of the occult; the actuality of what happens, however, is quite mundane. Still, Peters maintains throughout an atmospheric sense of place, family secrets, and unrequited love that will draw readers along. ~--Sally Estes


Publisher's Weekly Review

This first American publication of a novel, written in 1964, in the series featuring modern police sleuth George Felse proves that Peters, best known for her Brother Cadfael mysteries set in medieval Shrewsbury, was as much a top-notch mystery writer almost 30 years ago as she is today. Only the heavy-handed description in the early pages, of the frustrated love that young schoolmaster Tom Kenyon harbors for the beautiful, remote Welsh teenager Annet Beck, betrays the author's lack of experience. But as soon the girl disappears while strolling on mysterious Hallowmount, a hill said to be the abode of witches over the centuries, and returns five days later unable to account for the time that has passed, Peters holds the reader in thrall. Annet's inscrutability is delicately contrasted with the love that every man in her village has felt for her at one time or another, and the Welsh landscape provides a shadowy atmosphere that informs the novel on every level. Felse, in a class with the best-portrayed British policemen in fiction today, is a fully-dimensioned character who plumbs the experiences of his personal life to understand his case. This is a deeply satisfying murder novel in which the central challenge lies in unraveling the mystery of a young woman's character. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved