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eBook Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery ePub
Author: Julian Symons
Language: English
ISBN: 0002310708
ISBN13: 978-0002310703
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; First Edition edition (July 17, 1978)
Pages: 288
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 923
Formats: doc mobi lit azw
ePub file: 1524 kb
Fb2 file: 1973 kb

So begins Julian Symons' The Blackheath Poisonings (1978), subtitled A Victorian Murder Mystery. The adjective "Victorian" made me quite apprehensive as in the past I had been unable to enjoy or even finish many period-piece mysteries.

So begins Julian Symons' The Blackheath Poisonings (1978), subtitled A Victorian Murder Mystery. But this novel by Symons is among the best "The extraordinary series of crimes popularly called the Blackheath Poisonings took place in the early 1890s, at the time when the Mortimer family had lived in that suburb on the edge of London for nearly half a century

The Blackheath Poisonings was produced in 1993 as a dramatic serial on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre and is now . The Blackheath Poisonings' has the feel of a classic Victorian-era murder mystery, ala Wilkin Collins material, with somewhat more modern touches, ala Agatha Christie.

The Blackheath Poisonings' has the feel of a classic Victorian-era murder mystery, ala Wilkin Collins material, with somewhat more modern touches, ala Agatha Christie. Yes, we have multiple poisonings afflicting a morosely interwoven extended family. The "whodunnit?" theme runs through most of the book.

Sharing a large estate in the 1890's London suburb of Blackheath, the Collard and Vandervent families' near-incestuous entanglement has grown into a toxic we. .Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Lotu Tii on April 2, 2013.

Set in 1890's Victorian England, this murder mystery focuses on a close knit family that resides in two truly unique homes just outside of London in Blackheath. The matriarch of the family, Harriet.

Wealth can have its drawbacks. It's now the 1890s, and over the years, the families' near-incestuous entanglement has grown into a toxic web of lies and bitterness. Set in 1890's Victorian England, this murder mystery focuses on a close knit family that resides in two truly unique homes just outside of London in Blackheath.

Julian Symons is primarily remembered as a master of the art of crime writing. However, in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work

Julian Symons is primarily remembered as a master of the art of crime writing. However, in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work. Social and military history, biography and criticism were all subjects he touched upon with remarkable success, and he held a distinguished reputation in each field. His novels were consistently highly individual and expertly crafted, raising him above other crime writers of his day. It is for this that he was awarded various prizes, and, in 1982, named as Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America - an honour accorded to only three.

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The Blackheath Poisonings, A Victorian Murder Mystery written by Julian Symons. From the flap: Two mansions had been built in Blackheath with money from toy manufacturing

The Blackheath Poisonings, A Victorian Murder Mystery written by Julian Symons. From the flap: Two mansions had been built in Blackheath with money from toy manufacturing. Charles Mortimer had founded the toy company in the early nineteenth century, and he built Albert House for himself, his wife and their children, A mile away from his house he built Victoria Villa, and his brother Ralph, a partner in the firm, bought it. Charles was proud of the elegant houses, but Blackheath was, it turned out, unlucky ground for his family.

I don't suppose it is true that people adept at examining darker emotions in crime novels necessarily experienced great unhappiness in childhood, but certainly it seems to be the case that Julian Symons (1912-1994) in fact did (more on this below). Blackheath was published in 1978, when Symons was 66 years old. It was to be the first of a Symons trilogy of Victorian crime novels, the others being Sweet Adelaide (1980) and The Detling Murders (1982) (in the United States The Detling Secret, a superior title).

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Coron
After the first fourth of the book when you are introduced to the main characters this story picks up momentum. The story moves along with a clear vision of the time and place with brief descriptions of interior design and clothing of the day. This book is indeed a whodunnit and is very well plotted. You will probably catch on to who the dastardly doer is, but the fun is still there and a little twist at the very end will satisfy the most hard core lover of this genre.

I am hard to please and I loved the book. It is an oldie but a goodie.
Nidor
There are almost as many potential murderers as characters in this curiously absorbing mystery.

Who poisoned one relative after another in the two closely connected family mansions? The sensuous wife with a dolt of a husband? The crass speculator who married into the family for a job? The sneaky young man who abhors drink and fast women? Motives abound in this book, as do finely drawn characters with fascinating flaws.

The narration has that rational air and literary finesse you find in genuine Victorian fiction. I'm not sure I believe in the ending, but it's a good old-fashioned surprise in any case.
anneli
It is the early 1890s. The Collard and Vandervent families, descendants of Charles Mortimer, a prosperous toy manufacturer, live in two eccentric mansions originally built decades earlier by Mortimer in Blackheath, a suburb of London. Each week they join together for Sunday lunch at one home or the other. Despite this tradition, there is little love or friendship between or within these families. Within a matter of months, three people die of arsenic poisoning.

Julian Symon's account has an authentic flavor, leaving the reader uncertain where history ends and fiction begins. Police investigations unexpectedly reveal notorious family secrets, ones that would shock not only Victorian sensibilities, but would be unseemly and disturbing today. The pace is somewhat slow initially as Symon's develops the background and personal relationships, but with the death of Roger Vendervent from questionable food poisoning, suspicion shifts rapidly from one to another. The plot becomes quite engaging; I was especially intrigued with the courtroom drama. Four stars for The Blackheath Poisonings.

The Blackheath Poisonings was produced in 1993 as a dramatic serial on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre and is now available on DVD.

Julian Symons (1912-94) was best known for his thirty or so mystery novels and some half-dozen short story mystery collections. He also wrote social, literary, and military biographies, poetry, and book reviews. In his long career he won the prestigious Edgar Award, the Gold Dagger Award, and the Diamond Dagger Award. In 1976 Julian Symons was elected the President of Great Britain's Detection Club, a position previously held by notables like G. K. Chesterton, E. C. Bentley, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie.
JOIN
'The Blackheath Poisonings' has the feel of a classic Victorian-era murder mystery, ala Wilkin Collins material, with somewhat more modern touches, ala Agatha Christie. Yes, we have multiple poisonings afflicting a morosely interwoven extended family. The "whodunnit?" theme runs through most of the book. Thankfully the ending is a nicely crafted surprise, and it's all quite plausible.

Unfortunately the book is a bit dialog heavy; it sometimes feels more like a play or a television script. And the early sections where the author explains how all the characters are interrelated is a bit tedious. Thankfully these are relatively minor quibbles in this well-plotted story.

Bottom line: a better example of its genre. Far from a classic, but a good read.
Shaktit
The author seems to have made quite a career for himself in the field of period mysteries, but this is the first I've read -- and the last. Symons knows as little of law as he does human nature, as he perpetrates a colossally improbable
tale of internecine strife enriched with lacings of arsenical poisonings. He introduces plot elements wholly hallucinatory. A short, fat, transvestite fools an office peopled by his family members? Is confused at a pharmacy with a statuesque, beautiful blonde, because they both wore gray boots...boots scarcely visible under Victorian skirt lengths. Not content with his mindless doling out of improbabilities ("I write it,therefore it's real"), he pads the tale with rank homophobia in descriptions of a riotous, bordello-like club for transvestites, whose Byzantine-outfitted members revel in seducing pretty straight boys. Of course, it is Mama, toxic matriach of this bumbling along family of toymakers, who has caused
her fat son's transvestism and set alight his homicidal career. After reading this inept novel, I noted it had been made into a Masterpiece Theatre miniseries. I could not resist watching it. A truly talented cast is whipped along like trained poodles,
acting out the preposterous saga. Surely, an embarrassment to MT. We can only rejoice that Julian Symons's pen has been stilled and we shall have no more.
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