- Title: A Deadly Marriage
- Author: Roderic Jeffries
- ISBN: null
- Page: 450
- Format: Kindle Edition
It was common knowledge that David and Catalina Plesence s marriage was on the verge of collapse.And nearly everyone knew David was seeing a lot of an attractive widow living nearby David longed for a divorce, but Catalina had other plans.She adamantly refused to contemplate the idea though she was prepared to obtain a judicial separation provided the alimony was largeIt was common knowledge that David and Catalina Plesence s marriage was on the verge of collapse.And nearly everyone knew David was seeing a lot of an attractive widow living nearby David longed for a divorce, but Catalina had other plans.She adamantly refused to contemplate the idea though she was prepared to obtain a judicial separation provided the alimony was large enough.When a man died after having had a drink in their house, the police establish that it was the work of poison and start looking to Catalina and David for answers.Catalina finally sees her chance to exact terrible revenge against David.She claims that the poison had been meant for her and that David had tried to kill her But who is the real murderer And will Catalina s allegation be held as truth Either way, their marriage is surely over A Deadly Marriage is a classic murder mystery from a master of the genre.Praise for Roderic Jeffries A first rate whodunit turning on the resourcefulness of a country gentleman who exploits the process of the law to delay its action Author on the top of his legal and social form Francis Goff, Sunday Telegraph Tension builds up and there are two exciting court scenes Roderic Jeffries established a very high reputation for himself in the field of the legal thriller with Exhibit No Thirteen and Dead Against the Lawyers Once again he has used a little known quirk of the law, and woven round it an enthralling story of immense intricacy Maurice Richardson, Observer The resulting legal intricacies make fascinating reading Hester Makeig, Spectator First class, smoothly told, fine court scenes and sketches of lawyers entirely absorbing John Clarke, Evening Standard The most ingenious of Mr Jeffries s exercises in legal trickery Julian Symons, Sunday Times Good court scenes very competent Peter Dickinson, Punch for the mystery story connoisseur and particularly the man who can appreciate this ingenious exercise in legal trickery Police WorldRoderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and was educated at Harrow View House Preparatory School and the Department of Navigation, University of Southampton In 1943 Roderic Jeffries joined the New Zealand Shipping Company as an apprentice and sailed to Australia and New Zealand, but later transferred to the Union Castle Company in order to visit a different part of the world He returned to England in 1949 where he was admitted to the Honourable Society of Gray s Inn and read for the Bar at the same time as he began to write He was called to the Bar in 1953, and after one year s pupilage practiced law for a few terms during which time there to write full time His first book, a sea story for juveniles, was published in 1950.Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed this fast-paced mystery. Catalina and David have been unhappily married for awhile and David has found another love. Catalina refuses to give David a divorce but is desperately seeking revenge for her husbands infidelity. Catalina figures if David is convicted of murder than he can't possibly be with his lover anymore. Tension builds as more and more evidence is pointed towards David. Will he spend his life [...]
A not-terribly-interesting-or-believable UK mystery originally published in 1967. The author repeats a lot of the same points throughout and seems to struggle with 'business' for his characters; using the phrase 'he lit a cigarette' more than twenty times.
This book frustrated me quite a bit. It has a great skeleton in that the framework for an interesting plot is here, there are some complex characters with intriguing motivations, a relatively good pace and it all accumulates to create the perfect conclusion for this story.However….The writing isn’t very good, it becomes predictable making it hard to retain interest, you’re able to figure out the murderer fairly quickly in the first part of the book, the dialogue sounds stilted and almost c [...]
An interesting book. There's the delusional looney on her own private path to destruction, anxious to take others down with her, and the placid [and not especially interesting] regular folks to whom you wish the best, and that they'd tried a bit harder. However, the really great part of this book is Gretnor's masterful cross-examination, which saves the hero and dooms the looney. I suspect it would be interesting even for those to whom the artificiality of courtrooms is a bit of a bore.
One heck of a storyI read this book based on the brief description (which is how we always must choose our books) and the reviews.This book was so much better than I expected. David Plesence met Catalina on a cruise ship. She was on the lookout for a rich man to marry, but David was a businessman and failed to live up to her expectations.Then David met and fell in love with Patricia and Catalina swore bitter revenge. She refused to give him a divorce so that he could not marry Patricia, then she [...]
Murder novelI liked the story. It was entertaining and had many twists and turns. What I didn't like was the way it was written. One paragraph was the police talking amongst themselves and then the next sentence was the wife speaking to her husband. I think there should have been a new chapter when this happened as it was very confusing who was speaking to who.
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