The Widow of Bath

ebook British Library Crime Classics

By Margot Bennett

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When an old flame comes calling, Hugh Everton is powerless to resist.

Hugh Everton was intent on nothing more than quietly drinking in the second-rate hotel he found himself in on England's south coast—and then in walked his old flame Lucy and her new husband and ex-judge, Gregory Bath. Entreated by Lucy to join her party for an evening back at the Bath residence, Hugh is powerless to resist, but when the night ends with the judge's inexplicable murder, he is pitched back into a world of chaos and crime—a world he had tried to escape for good.

When Lucy's husband dies of mysterious circumstances, Hugh finds himself questioning whether she is responsible for the untimely death, and if so, how she managed it.

First published in 1952, The Widow of Bath offers intricate puzzles, international intrigue, and a richly evoked portrait of post-war Britain, all delivered with Bennett's signature brand of witty and elegant prose. This edition includes an introduction by CWA Diamond Dagger Award-winning author Martin Edwards.

"What lingers most in the mind is the arch dialogue, which is so relentlessly witty that some readers will lick their lips with incredulous gusto."— Kirkus Reviews

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