Fete Fatale

Fete Fatale

Book - 1985
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When Fr. Battersby, the Bishop's appointee as vicar in Hexton-on-Weir, turns out to be steadfastly celibate, the town's female population unites to force him out. "It's the women who rule in Hexton", and a vicar without a wife is unthinkable to the point of murder.
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's, c1985.
ISBN: 9780684184692
Branch Call Number: M/BARN
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 05, 2014

Robert Barnard is a new author for me, and I think I will be reading more of his books. The narrator is the wife of the village veterinarian. He is well-liked and involved in the local church. His wife, Helen, notices the spiteful older women who set the "standards of behavior" in Hexton on Weir. When asked to influence her husband's duties as a church warden, she refuses. She will not be party to refusing the new vicar who has been sent to replace the late vicar, husband of the standards setters. When Helen's husband is murdered during the annual Fete, Helen decides it must have something to do with the dispute over the new vicar. She plunges right in and starts asking questions. This ruffles everyone's feathers, but she does uncover evidence that unmasks her husband's murderer. The real resolution for Helen comes later and is a complete surprise. Helen is definitely not a sweet, submissive person, which certainly adds spice to the story.


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