Black is the Colour of My True Love's Heart Paperback – Oct 13 1988
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From the Publisher
Singers and musicians are gathered for a course in folk music that will occupy a weekend in the fantastic country mansion called Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have non–musical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings “Black, black, black is the color of my true–love’s heart! His tongue is like a poisoned dart, The coldest eyes and the lewdest hands…, ”she clearly has a message for someone in the audience. Passions run high. There is murder brewing at Follymead. A classic mystery by Ellis Peters.
About the Author
Ellis Peters is one of the pseudonyms of Edith Pargeter who wrote several books under her own name and also Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr and John Redfern. She was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She died in 1995.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In this novel, Inspector Felse's son Dominic and his girlfriend Tossa are attending a weekend course on folk music at Follymead--but not all the interest involved is of a musical variety. Singing star Lucien Galt draws all eyes; ballad singer Liri Palmer makes it plain from the stage that she loathes him; and television host Dickie Meurice seems determined to fan the flames for the sake of his own ego. It is all in a day's work in the music business... until two men disappear from the college under very mysterious circumstances and Inspector Felse is called in to determine if foul play is afoot.
Peters will never compare to the great masters of the mystery genre, but she can be quite a lot of fun in her own right, and MY TRUE LOVE'S HEART is among the best of her Felse novels. The book has considerable atmosphere, the characters are memorable, and the plot is very tight indeed. Recommended for first timers and old fans alike.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
University students Dominic Felse and Tossa Barber, still fairly new at being a couple, have come for the musical weekend like any other attendees. Dominic is the son of CID Inspector George Felse. So when Lucien Galt disappears and the circumstances seem to indicate foul play, it's only natural for Dominic to offer to call his father from nearby Comerford - won't it serve the college well for someone in authority to take an informal look, and determine whether or not grounds exist to open an actual police invesigation? One that can be kept quiet, if necessary, for long enough to finish the musical weekend and get those attending it off the grounds without launching a panic?
Of course things quickly turn more complicated, once George Felse arrives and gets to work. The mystery moves along quickly, and I figured it out just about when I suspect the author intended I should. That did not at all spoil the pleasure of the ending, as my suspicions were confirmed. I especially enjoyed watching Dominic and Tossa's relationship develop, and watching the Felse family enfold Tossa and Dominic adjust to sharing his beloved parents with his love. The resolution is a bit too convenient, maybe; but it's still a fun read.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"