Flight of a Witch Paperback – Nov 8 1990
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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.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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.
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"