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Flight of a Witch [Paperback]

Ellis Peters


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited; First THUS edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235569
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,709,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Among Peters' Minor Works June 25 2005
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Best known for her "Brother Cadfael" series, Ellis Peters (1913-1985) was also the author of thirteen novels featuring Inspector George Felse. Published in 1964, FLIGHT OF A WITCH is the fifth novel in that series.

Annet Beck is a small town girl with unexpected beauty--and when school teacher Tom Kenyon takes a room in her parents' home he hopes she will be drawn to his manly charms. To his dismay, Annet is not interested; to his shock, she suddenly disappears on a hill of ancient ill-repute named Hallowmount. And to every one's surprise, when she returns five days later, she claims to have been gone only a few hours. Is it witchcraft? Or has Annet fallen back on local legends in an effort to conceal her activities? Fortunately, Inspector Felse is on the scene to separate fact from fiction.

Peters often worked with contrived plots, and in her hands they are often quite amusing. The plot of FLIGHT OF A WITCH is in someways typical of her work--but those expecting a mystery will be disappointed, for the novel is less mysterious than merely so much pulp romance, and while there is a murder to be solved it is less a matter of detection than in forcing the truth from the mysterious central character. Although it has its moments, this is very much one of Peters' lesser works.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Story About a Femme Fatale! Dec 5 2004
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book about Anet Beck is more along the lines of a tragedy based on romance. It deals with a young femme fatale - Annet Beck who has all the neighbourhood boys after her. She keeps her own council, and does not open up to anyone, but when she is embroiled in a tragic death resulting from a jewellery store robbery, it is found out by George Felse that there are more than just the young boys and men that are after her, and it appears that she is returning the attention of one of her admirerers, and this admirer is one that is probably considerably older than her. A bit melodramatic perhaps, but written in the Ellis Peter style, so definitely a readable book - but not a mystery as we have come to expect from Ms. Peters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woman in Peril! June 23 2007
By Mama G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Adolescent Annet Beck, unintentional femme fatale, is very much the center of this novel, although she hardly speaks during the entire tale. The story is revealed through the eyes of the other characters, who all have their thoughts squarely centered on Annet. Their fears for her life drive the hunt for the identity of the murderer.

This book, the third in the Inspector Felse series, is my favorite of this series. However, none of them compare to Peters's more well known Brother Cadfael series.

Part of what gives this particular title its charm is the sense of ancient Welsh history and beliefs undergirding the lives of modern Welsh. A leaning toward fatalism and determinism appears to pervade the minds of Peters's native Welsh characters. Yet, all the events are proven to have logical, reasonable explanations. No witches or faeries. Just a good mystery.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, but enjoyable March 13 2013
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Schoolmaster Tom Kenyon rents a room from the Becks, an older couple in the village of Comerford. From the first time she opens her home's door to him, Annet Beck - 18 years old, just through school, and beautiful - captures his heart. Annet's aging parents keep her safe at all times, Kenyon soon realizes, and she's so safe that he wonders how she can bear being smothered. She works for the village's most prominent and wealthy woman, as a private secretary who's brought home by chauffeur whenever she stays late. She goes out for church, choir practice, and walks; and whenever she attends a dance or goes shopping in another village, she has a companion who's there to report everything back to her mother. She dates only young men her mother pre-approves, and she makes no protest about any of this. But then comes the long weekend when Annet climbs the nearby Hallowmount, and vanishes from late Thursday until late Tuesday. When her father and Tom Kenyon meet her as she crosses the Hallowmount on her way home, after they've gone there in desperation to search for clues to her disappearance, Annet declares that as far as she knows it's still Thursday. She claims to have no memory of the time since then. This echoes a local legend concerning the Hallowmount, of a "witch" who vanished there for five days and returned certain that for her no time had passed.

Inspector George Felse does not believe Annet's story for one minute. But Annet persists in that story, and Felse cannot shake her. Nor can her parents, nor can Tom Kenyon - and Inspector Felse, who knows exactly where Annet was during that weekend, fears that she will become a killer's next target after being made his unknowing accessory. Can Felse get Annet to cooperate, and save her own life?

The plot of this entry in the Felse Series by Ellis Peters is a thin one, but the setting - a fictional Welsh border village that's home to George, Bunty, and their teen-aged son Dominic - makes up for the plot with its richness. The characters are nicely written, too, although I found Annet just a bit hard to believe. Not the best book in the series, but enjoyable nevertheless.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy, fast shipment July 23 2012
By marypenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was just as advertised. In Excellent condition. Thank you! Ellis Peters is a favorite writer of mine and I was delighted to find this book in such good condition.

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