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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin (May 13 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0749336099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749336097
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g

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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Wow! A stunner of a mystery Dec 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a latecomer to the works of Frances Fyfield, I decided to start with her first West/Bailey mystery. What a remarkable author. The character descriptions are formidable, the plot good enough but not really that important. It's the whole pyschology of the book that really makes it impossible to put down. I can't wait to start her next one! (This book can be found in out of print stock).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nancy Drew All Grown Up! Dec 18 2013
By PattyLouise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Question Of Guilt
by
Frances Fyfield

Essentially...

This is another Helen West book...in this one she is involved in a really bizarre murder trial.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I am in bookish love with this author. In my mind she is every bit as good...if not better than...Elizabeth George, Alan Bradley, and Deborah Crombie. This book was intense, extremely well plotted and filled with the kind of characters you will love and the kind that you will love to hate! There were even two precious cats in this book! One was Bailey's and one was Helen's...yummy British kitties!

So...because this is a mystery I will give nothing away except for this...Helen is involved in a case and the defendant...Eileen...comes to hate her horribly and from prison plots Helen's demise. The plot is complicated, tricky and intricate. I have been reading these out of order but I truly don't think that matters. This is the book where she meets Bailey...her love interest in this book as well as in future books. They are both involved in this case. Eileen is the woman in jail initially for hiring a man named Stanislaus to murder the wife of the man she is obsessed with. When he is caught Eileen begins to manipulate Ed...Stanislaus's son. Ed appears to be quite a brutish evil person...even though he is youngish. And then there is Peter...another son...younger than Ed. He has a sort of accidental infatuation with Helen, Helen's garden, and Helen's cat.

Eileen appears to be a thoroughly evil and unstable person...sort of big, ungainly, ill treated by her father...thus her hatred of "attractive" women.

What I loved about this book...

Oh my word I loved it all...Helen and Bailey, Helen baking puffy scones with Peter, Helen and Bailey's cat. I loved the descriptions of their flats, their food , their dealings with each other. I loved that on their first "date" Bailey straightened out Helen's crooked shelves. I loved that they both loved reading mysteries! I love the way this author uses words!

What I did not love...

OMG...Eileen and Ed were the most awful creepy characters around. I despised both of them. Eileen because she thought she was so clever and Ed for what he did to Helen and also for the way he treated his brother Peter!

Final thoughts...

I can not tell you enough how much I loved this book. Cozy, quirky, British loveliness in a book impossible to put down!

Thank you Edelweiss and Amazon for this book!
Disappointing Jan. 12 2014
By patricia schrot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The mysteries by Fyfield were recommended to me. A Question of Guilt is the first in the series about Helen West and I found it very rambling and on several occasions I almost quit and moved on to another book.
I probably will not bother with the other books in the series.
Lisa's review Dec 10 2013
By Twin Opinions - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book with amazing characters. Helen is a great character and I love the chemistry between her and Bailey.

This book is more romance than mystery but a fantastic read. The villain in this book is one of the most well written villains I have ever read. Eileen is a villain you will love to hate.

Fyfield created a wonderful read that I could not put down. This is one of my favorite books on Fyfields. Its not the first of hers I've read but its her first book and one of her finest.

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A newcomer too Sept. 15 2011
By Mamamoiselle - Published on Amazon.com
I just discovered Fyfield and thankfully, accidentally, picked up the first of the series. Now hungry for the next...delicious writing!

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