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Summary

Nathaniel Wall, the local quack doctor, is found hanging in his consulting room in the Norfolk village of Stalden, but this was not a suicide.

Against the backdrop of a close-knit country village, an intriguing story of ambition, blackmail, fraud, false alibis and botanical trickery unravels.

©2016 George Bellairs (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Impenetrable accents

Quite a decent plot of the traditional village variety. Interesting and holds a reasonable pace. As so often happens it is marred by the narration. He's good at maintaining distinct characters, and certainly regional accents can add colour and atmosphere, but in this case, the heavy country accents are overdone to the point of distortion, and occasionally completely impenetrable. I found listening through these passages exceedingly wearing, and gave up for a while to give myself a rest from it.