Scold's Bridle

I wonder if I should keep these diaries under lock and key. Jenny Spede has disturbed them again...What does she make, I wonder, of an old woman, deformed by arthritis, stripping naked for a young man? The pills worry me more. Ten is such a round number to be missing...Mathilda Gillespie's body was found nearly two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists with a Stanley knife. But what shocked Dr Sarah Blakeney the most was the scold's bridle obscuring the dead woman's face, a metal contraption grotesquely adorned with a garland of nettles and Michaelmas daisies.What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death? The police assume that the coroner will return a verdict of suicide. Only Dr Blakeney, it seems, doubts the verdict. Until it is discovered that Mathilda's diaries have disappeared...'An atmosphere of tantalizing, overpowering menace...The...

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Inger Mårtenson

2009-04-26

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Jag njöt av språket, karaktärerna och miljöerna i boken, liksom andra böcker skrivna av Minette Walters. När jag sen läste Acid Row och Fox evil blev jag besviken över råheten och hur baksidan av England visas. Jag läser inte Minette Walters längre.