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Ellis Peters
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The House Of Green Turf.

The House Of Green Turf. All characters in this publication are fictitious anda ny resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. No case is too strange or too baffling for the policeman George Felse and his son, Dominic. World-famous opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after a car crash, haunted by the certainty that she has committed a murder some time in the past.

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An Inspector Felse mystery. Maggie Tressider crashes her car and awakens in a hospital dazed and haunted by the thought she may have killed someone in the past. The mystery begins!!!
  • Vareyma
This book is written by Ellis Peters aka Edith Pargeter, author of the Brother Cadfael and George Felse series. This book is labelled as a George Felse novel, and after a fashion it is (George and Bunty Felse play minor but pivotal roles), but the main character is none of the Felse clan, but a world-famous opera singer, Maggie Tressrider.

Maggie is in a car accident, with a near-death experience in the hospital, which wakens the shadow of a repressed memory. Maggie is convinced she has killed someone, but can remember none of the details. She hires a private investigator, Francis Killian, to determine whom she has killed, and the circumstances around it. In the pursuit of his work for Maggie, Francis meets Bunty Felse, that one-time opera singer who walked away from fame to marry George. Bunty had been a "stage mother" to Maggie in Maggie's early career, and was able to give Killian information that begins the tumbler process of "unlocking" of everything that happened to Maggie.

My main complaint with this book is that Maggie has a penchant for fainting. Whenever the girl is under stress, she collapses. I am used to the capable Bunty, and the women who appear in the Cadfael Chronicles--all of whom are made of sterner stuff than Maggie. I will, to some degree, forgive this flaw since the book was published in 1969, when fainting was much more "in vogue" (or at least considered a more reasonable response) than many of the more recently published stories. There is also an ending that strikes me somewhat as a Deus ex machina, but this is less disappointing to me than the fainting.

Peters does a good job of suspense and tension as the story progresses, with an insightful commentary on human nature, pride, love and jealousy in the resolution of the story. I am not sorry I bought the book--even a "lesser" Ellis Peters book is pretty darn satisfying, and better than many other published books out there.

In short, if you are an Ellis Peters fan, it's worth reading. If you aren't an Ellis Peters fan, don't discard her as a potential favorite if you read this book first.
  • Washington
A new-to-me book by an old friend, Ellis Peters. Glad I found it!
  • Tujar
I love this series
  • Punind
  • Cozius
Creepy and weird.
  • Gaua
Opera singer Maggie Tressider wakes up in a hospital after a serious car crash feeling that she has acquired a shadow. Although she can't for the life of her think who it could be, or recall anything about it at all, she's certain that she caused someone's death - and it has to have been in the past, because her companion in the crashed automobile has come out of the experience practically unscathed. The guilt she feels affects Maggie's recovery, to the extent that her surgeon becomes worried and offers to help her. The elderly physician means to gently guide Maggie into a psychiatrist's care, when he asks if she would like him to find a professional who can sort out the facts and help her remember what (if anything) happened; but Maggie thinks he is offering to help her find a good private detective, and that's what she asks him to do. The surgeon refers Maggie to Francis Killian.

Killian takes the case even though he usually prefers less emotionally loaded investigations. He quickly zeroes in on an incident from Maggie's distant past, when she was a young girl traveling with a company of performers; and he interviews, among others, a woman who traveled with the company on that one trip only. That woman, who made the travel and publicity arrangements and who afterward happily returned to life as a policeman's stay-at-home wife in the village of Comerford, is Bernarda Felse. Bunty Felse, wife of George, a detective inspector who takes an interest in Francis Killian's case when he hears the name of the European village where one of his own missing person cases ended without resolution.

Killian brings Maggie what seems to be the forgotten truth from her past, and he hates himself for doing so because by now he has fallen in love with this woman who must - for a man like him - be forever unattainable. When Maggie rushes off to Europe while still convalescent, determined to return to the scene of her "crime" and somehow deal with the memories that Killian has unearthed, the PI follows her; and the Felses, taking a highly convenient holiday, follow Killian. From that point on the story unfolds more rapidly than in the beginning. Its subsequent twists and turns sometimes seemed predictable to me, but that did not spoil my enjoyment because - this being an Ellis Peters book - I could never be sure I'd guessed accurately. Nor could I be sure, right down to the book's climax, of what was going to happen.

I loved the ending. Another Felse mystery that stands the test of time very well indeed.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
  • Amis
Ellis Peters was a great storyteller, and this book is a fine example of her wonderful work. The story is about a missing cellist from an English traveling orchestra. The cellist has been missing for 13 years, but events happen that bring his story to the forefront. The story is set in the Austrian Alps, and George Felse and his wonderful wife Bunty are there trying to figure out a mystery. This old disappearance seems to be linked to some modern day crimes, and George wants to follow the thread until he uncovers the long-hidden secret. The book is packed with action, and it will keep you guessing until the end. Ms. Peters knew how to pace a plot to keep her readers quickly turning the pages. Her characterizations are also flawless. If you love the Brother Cadfael series like I do, I suggest that you read the George Felse series as well.
This is the second in the Inspector Felse series. Unfortunately Ellis Peters has written pages that are full of descriptions of emotional trauma and "angst" of the protagonists as well as waxing lyrical with metaphysical insights. There is no doubt that characters need to be 3-dimensional, as well as scenes and situations to have reality and flavour, but Ellis Peters seems to have over-done it. Readers can skim through some of the more esoteric paragraphs without losing the thread. Despite this, the book does have suspense, a good plot and enough action to hook in the reader and, of course, a surprise ending. Having read it, I don't really want to read it again.