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Foreign Service Consul Meredith Mitchell returns to England for the wedding of her godchild and is shocked when a bloody ox heart, a dead cat, and some poison threaten to ruin the nuptials. Reprint. PW. K. ...

Title : Say It with Poison
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ISBN : 9780380718238
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 381 Pages
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Say It with Poison Reviews

  • Icewineanne
    2019-02-24 06:41

    Because of the number of books that Ann Granger has written, I assumed that I would really enjoy her mysteries. I expected to read an enjoyable puzzler, instead I found this book very dated, with poorly written dialogue. It was a struggle to finish it. I'm surprised that her publisher continued with this series. This book is the first of the Mitchell & Markby mystery series, she works for the UK Consulate and he's a police detective. When they meet, they butt heads but he's interested in her and tries to get to know her better, but she's too annoyed and irritated by him to notice, she still hasn't gotten over her first great love who died tragically. Doesn't this sound more like a Harlequin romance than a mystery??!!This scenario annoyingly continues on until the last page of the book when there is a hint that the two will connect again in the next Mitchell & Markby mystery. Very disappointing. Don't waste your time.

  • Tamsinwilloughby
    2019-02-25 13:25

    Let's have a big dose of understanding and sympathy for the stalker while blaming his victim for leading him on. How could she be so selfish as to believe a man might want to be friends with her? She's a beautiful young woman after all.I recommend skipping this one.

  • Kyrie
    2019-02-27 06:17

    I wanted to like this book. i want to like the series. It's in England. It has an intelligent quirky policeman and an intelligent successful British consul as its protagonists. What's not to like?I didn't guess the murderer. That's always a bonus. The descriptions of the settings and characters are great. I can see them in my mind.I think it's that I don't find Meredith likeable at all and Alan only occasionally. It makes me sad.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-02 09:18

    Read by Judith Boyd8 hours 2 minsDescription: When Meredith Mitchell agreed to stay with her actress cousin Eve in the run-up to Eve's daughter's wedding she anticipated a degree of drama. But she hardly expected it to include murder, blackmail and unrequited love. Or to involve a certain Chief Inspector Markby, a middle-aged divorcee with an emotional history as unfortunate as her own. A material witness to the only case of murder the Cotswold village of Westerfield has ever seen, Meredith also finds herself acting as mother-confessor to the bride-to-be, who is clearly not telling the whole truth about her involvement with the dead man. Not a style I appreciate. NEXT!

  • Damaskcat
    2019-02-20 09:15

    Meredith Mitchell agrees to help her cousin, Eve Owens, with the preparations for her daughter's wedding. But it soon becomes clear that all is not as it should be in her cousin's household. A TV director is trying to persuade Eve, a film star, to take a role in his soap opera, Eve's daughter, Susan, seems to be not at all sure about whether she is doing the right thing in marrying her fiancé. When a young potter is found dead by Meredith it seems things may have come to a head. The death brings her into contact with Alan Markby whom she had first met as the person giving away the bride. Eve had neglected to tell her cousin that Markby is a Detective Inspector and Meredith is a little put out when she discovers the truth, partly because against her will she finds him attractive.I liked the characters in this book - the slightly prickly Meredith; Alan Markby with his bossy sister, Laura and the characters in the village. The plot is interesting and I didn't work out who the murderer was so it was quite a shock to me when the culprit was revealed. This is the first book in a series and I shall definitely go on to read the rest of the series. If you like low key crime novels with no graphic violence or bad language then I can recommend this one.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-18 08:12

    I have tried this book several times. From the description of the series and this book in particular as the first one, it sounds like the kind of book I would like. I just can't warm up to it though. I don't know if its the action is too slow or the characters are not that likeable and/or engaging or what. I just know that this was the second time I tried and I put it down after a few chapters because I just didn't care. The heroine is kind of a sad sack also. Oh Well.

  • Fiona Schofield
    2019-02-23 10:26

    Persevered until chapter 8 but the story got slower and slower. I really hoped I had found something on par with M.C Beaton's 'Agatha Raisin' series but no joy. I am however going to read another in the series to see if it picks up. Only 1 star - sorry.

  • Martina Kovaříková
    2019-02-26 10:18

    I finally got to read the first book in the series, but I have to say I am bit disappointed. If I found Meredith annoying in some of the later books, here it is even more prominent. Moreover I found her cousin Eve even more annoying and her goddaughter Sara was not much better.Since I read it during my holiday, I would say it was ok read and the plot made sense unlike some of the other books I read recently.

  • Carolyn Rector
    2019-03-15 07:18

    Good introduction to an intelligent series that takes place in the villages in Great Britain. I like the way the author introduces her characters, as you get a feel for their deep personality characteristics. You really begin to root for Meredith Mitchell and Markby, her inspector sidekick. Good atmosphere, clearly not a cozy, but not gritty either. The author has a quick wit and the humor is present in her writing. A great series, I hate it to end.

  • June
    2019-03-18 07:18

    enjoyed the book i had not guessed the murderer which was unusual. i have read later books in series so interesting to see how the relationship between markby and mitchell started. more impressed with this than later books

  • Ivar Volmar
    2019-03-19 06:36

    Ootasin märksa rohkemat. Kummalisel kombel tundus raamat huvitamana alguse, kui mõrva polnud veel toimunud. Edasine süžee suutis hoolimata vaid 225 leheküljest olla kuidagi veniv ja kaootiline.

  • Gordon
    2019-02-27 08:16

    Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

  • Alayne
    2019-03-17 10:15

    I had not read this author before, and I really enjoyed it. I had no idea who the murderer was until the reveal, although I was guessing all the way through. Very entertaining.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 11:12

    Audible book while I was not feeling well

  • Franklie
    2019-02-24 11:26

    If you like cozy mysteries, this is a fun one. The only downside is that just about every character has a trigger temper and no one seems to communicate without being snarky. This lack of communication is what supports the story line and gets a bit annoying, but I love British mysteries, so it all evens out in the end. Great main characters and location. I remember reading this one years ago but I never finished the series, so will now continue and hopefully get through them all before I forget who's who and what's what.

  • Kate
    2019-03-23 07:26

    Marriage, Mystery, and MurderThe wedding of her godchild Sara is reason enough for Foreign Service Consul Meredith Mitchell to return to England to stay with her cousin, Eve Owens, glamorous film star and mother of the bride. When Meredith arrives at Eve's country home she never expects to share center stage in a real-life drama that will rock the peaceful little Cotswold village to its core.But a bloody ox heart, a dead cat, and a bit of poison turn the prenuptial planning into a police investigation, and Meredith becomes a material witness. Playing amateur sleuth, she's soon making her own inquiries--and using all her diplomatic skills to steer a path between loyalty to her cousin's family and her responsibility to Chief Inspector Markby, with whom she's developing a more than casual relationship. Yet it's finding the roots of the crime in her own family tree that leads Meredith to the discovery of how scandal, blackmail, and unrequited love play a part in changing a plot of love and marriage into a melodrama of mystery and murder.~~back coverWell, I'm surprised the front cover doesn't have a picture of our heroine's bodice being ripped. Meredith made a few desultory inquiries, but never even got close to tracking down the killer until the final few pages, and I certainly hadn't figured out whodunnit. Nor was she developing any sort of relationship with the good Chief Inspector -- he was drawn to her, but she was unaware, again until the final few pages.Meredith never agreed to meet the killer in an out-of-the-way place at midnight, not telling anyone where she was going for fear they might stop her. Chief Inspector Markby, while described as quietly handsome, didn't fling himself about trying to protect her either. He was more concentrating on berating her whenever she failed to give him information that might have helped solve the case, which she frequently did, out of sheer bloodymindedness.Extremely well written, good characterization, an intriguing plot, set in the Cotswolds, and yes an incipient romance. What's not to like?I'm going to go put dinner on the hob, and start reading the next book in the series.

  • Mary
    2019-03-16 07:29

    Um - well. I really enjoyed "Beneath these stones, and was looking forward to getting to know the characters better. This book did have some of the same strengths as the later volume in the series; the prose is clean, the setting well-described, and the plot carefully worked out. But-Somehow, I wanted a little more. I was most intrigued by Markby and his sister, and wanted more of them. I had no clue who Markby's young second, Pearce, actually was - meaning that I got no sense of him as a character at all. But what I found most frustrating as a reader was my response to Meredith. She is clearly a smart woman. She's just as clearly irritable, judgemental, and somewhat impulsive. I found it hard to like her, and could not understand why Markby found himself so attracted to her. Oh, it's not that Meredith comes across as a terrible person - not at all. It's just that, in a book like this, one wants to be able to identify with the viewpoint character.* And I couldn't. On the plus side, both Meredith and Markby came across as real people enough. I had a lot of sympathy with young Sara (whose upcoming wedding is disturbed by murder), and I found the villains of the piece (including victim number one) sufficiently horrifying. A good mystery that could have been even better than it was. I wish I liked Meredith more. Perhaps her character begins to shine in later volumes?(* Example: I have no trouble identifying with Amanda in Gillian Roberts' hilarious "Philadelphia" stories. She's sharp-tongued and somewhat unwise, as well, but she's also warm and good-hearted.)

  • Ashley Lambert-Maberly
    2019-03-04 08:32

    A perfectly pleasant, perfectly competent book that failed to excite. There were no goosebumps, no thrilling moment of frisson when I realised "No!" or alternatively "Yes!" ... the characters seemed real enough but were not particularly interesting (especially the supposed leads, Mitchell & Markby), and so while I won't necessarily eschew her further works, I'm not racing down to the store to buy the next one.I was pleased that it wasn't particularly blood-thirsty (I picked up a Women's Murder Club book once because that sounded like fun, and in the opening pages he shot a baby, so that was the end of that), so I suppose it's a "cosy" and it never devolves into "twee"--so points for that. (I like books where the vicar comes to tea and discusses the case, but I hate books where the pet cat narrates how the vicar has come to tea to discuss the case).Basically fine, but nothing special.

  • Jens
    2019-02-28 08:39

    In Anbetracht der Tatsache, dass es bereits mehrere Teile der Mitchell und Markby Reihe gibt und mich das Cover angesprochen hat, dachte ich, es könnte ja nichts schaden. Man irrt sich aber leider häufiger als man selber denkt.EIgentlich geht es knapp 80 % des Buches nur sehr schleppend voran. Die Figuren sind meines erachtens unzureichend beschrieben, von der Umgebung und dem jeweiligem Set will ich mal gar nicht reden. Das schlimmste aber an dem Buch ist eigentlich die Tatsache, das sich die Hauptpersonen wie in einem Jugendroman benehmen. Als sich die Hauptpersonen das erste mal treffen, können sie einander nicht ausstehen, empfinden aber offensichtlich etwas für einander, aber sogar bis zum Ende können sie es sich nicht eingestehen, lediglich eine Verabredung für ein Wiedersehen wird vereinbart.Alles in allem ein langweiliger und wenig überraschender Krimi, der bei mir nur aufgrund der Tatsache, da ich mir viel mehr erhofft hatte einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlässt.

  • James
    2019-03-03 10:32

    Having read and enjoyed a later book in the Mitchell and Markby series, I wanted to read the series in chronological order."Say it with poison" is the first in the Mitchell and Markby series. Meredith Mitchell, a consul in the British Embassy, returns to England for her god-daughter's wedding. In the run up to the wedding, a local layabout is murdered, and unintentionally Meredith does some private sleuthing at the same time as the police, headed up by Chief Inspector Alan Markby, are conducting their own investigation. This brings Meredith and Alan into conflict with each other, although there is a glimmer of romance between them at the end of the novel. The story itself is easy to read, although it does take time for the story to gather pace, although this may be due to the number of characters the reader is introduced to in the first couple of chapters.

  • Deb
    2019-02-26 13:16

    Meredith Mitchell, a British consul, has returned to England to attend her goddaughter's wedding, and to visit her cousin. She soon discovers that the bride seems to be hiding a secret, and her cousin is very uneasy. And then she discovers the body of a young man living nearby. Meredith does some investigating, against the wishes of the D.I. Markby, and soon figures out who's behind the murder. I liked this first entry into the Mitchell and Markby series, although it was slow to get going. I hope I can find the next few books in the series; they were published in the early 90's in England and seem to just be making their way across the Atlantic.

  • Carol/Bonadie
    2019-02-27 08:18

    First in the Meredith Mitchell/Alan Markby Village series. Foreign consul Meredith Mitchell returns to England for the wedding of her goddaughter. A bloody ox heart turns up followed by a murder, and Meredith finds herself curious about the people she’s met and their possible involvement. She meets Chief Inspector Alan Markby, who is to give her goddaughter away, and he quickly becomes involved. A new to me series that I am looking forward to pursuing. My kind of cozy... British village mysteries.

  • Denise Hartman
    2019-03-08 08:29

    I liked the idea of the main character being an embassy worker and so carrying a lot of international life experiences. In this book however, she's returned to home base for a family wedding. Some strange things are going on in the tiny village in the days leading up to the wedding and our main character becomes embroiled in the troubles. While you could tell this was written a few years ago, it was a pleasant story and plot. Not high suspense but a steady reliable English mystery.

  • Caroline Mckiernan
    2019-03-12 09:28

    It's hard to rank classic, fine literature along with cozy mysteries that don't require much thought but are for pure relaxation. However, I'm admitting that this book is of that sort. It's an easy read. It's relaxing. It's a murder mystery, but there's not a lot of gore, and there's a sweet little bit of unrequited love in it. It's just the sort of thing that I like to read when relaxing before bed at night.

  • Thoaium
    2019-03-12 10:18

    Klassischer, britischer Krimi wie von Agatha Christie. Stabile Handlung, nette Figuren und manche Dinge kann man als Leser auch erahnen. So begeistert hat mich der Krimi allerdings nicht, dass ich mich jetzt auf die Folgebände stürze. Wenn mir einer der anderen Bände begegnet, werde ich aber auch keinen Bogen drum machen. Ist ganz nett für zwischendurch wie eine Folge “Mord ist ihr Hobby”, daher 3 Sterne.

  • Jeni
    2019-02-27 09:33

    This is a classic English village mystery. It was a light, enjoyable read. Not too deep, but the characters were somewhat entertaining. I didn't understand the antagonism between the main character and the detective, though. He like her but she was always annoyed and rude with him, but I couldn't understand why. Maybe that was part of the mystery? :) I will probably read more in this series, but I won't "devour" it like I do some series.

  • Cirrus Minor
    2019-03-06 11:12

    Well, very British kommt der Beginn dieser Krimireihe daher, von der noch ein paar weitere Bände in meinem Regal warten. Die Auflösung kam etwas abrupt, aber im Ergebnis nicht überraschend daher. Mitchell und Markby sind für meinen Geschmack noch etwas zu reserviert, aber das kann sich ja noch entwickeln.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-13 08:27

    At some point, I have read other books in the Mitchell and Markby series by Ann Granger, just not the first book in the series. The opening book, Say It With Poison involves an upcoming wedding in a small town, poison, and various secrets. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and the mystery was satisfactory.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-01 12:23

    I really liked this ... Markby, a British official in which we can actually see glimpses of real emotion and Meredith, a strong, confident woman who still sometimes doubts herself - they aren't exactly working together to solve the murders, at least not yet. A slight twist at the end was nice ... I will be keeping this author in mind.

  • nebulein
    2019-02-22 10:28

    Ich weiß nicht ob es an der Übersetzung und der leicht antiquierten Sprache oder der Charakterzeichnung lag, aber irgendwie war mir dieses Buch nie so richtig sympathisch. Der Krimifall war ganz nett, nix weltbewegendes, aber das "Ermittlerpärchen" war leider sehr enttäuschend. Na gut, man kann nicht immer richtig liegen.