Minette Walters, The Scold’s Bridle – signed

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The Scold’s Bridle is a heart-rending tale of a family who’s taken dysfunction to a new level. While the family at first seems rather hateful, if not pathetic, author Minette Walters does a superb job of layering back the malicious, selfish layers to reveal deep-seated pain that made me more sympathetic to the characters as the story unfolded. It exposes family secrets, desires, and misunderstandings, past and present. This is an excellent, emotionally charged read.

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Minette Walters, The Scold’s Bridle. Macmillan, London 1994. First edition, first printing. Printing code present 135798642. Signed by Walters on title page. 9 1/2 x 6 1/4. 327 pp. Third novel by this accomplished and collected crime author. The Scold’s Bridle was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel.

Plotline: When senior Mathilda Gillespie commits suicide, no one in her village seems to mind very much except her doctor, Sarah Blakeney; one of the few people who’d actually liked Mathilda. Sarah finds it odd that Mathilda died by cutting her wrists in the bath while wearing a scold’s bridle entwined with flowers. That she wore a barbaric contraption once used to silence talkative women is strange in itself, but how would she have managed to carefully weave the flowers all the way around her head, especially when the autopsy shows that she’d taken a fair amount of barbiturates? Needless to say, neither Sarah or investigating officers believe Mathilda committed suicide.

The Scold’s Bridle is a heart-rending tale of a family who’s taken dysfunction to a new level. While the family at first seems rather hateful, if not pathetic, author Minette Walters does a superb job of layering back the malicious, selfish layers to reveal deep-seated pain that made me more sympathetic to the characters as the story unfolded. It exposes family secrets, desires, and misunderstandings, past and present. This is an excellent, emotionally charged read.

Minette Walters is a bestselling author yet her books are all different in subject matter. She follows no formula and her fans like her because can produce high quality character studies which are loosely crime novels. She is in effect a novelist that happens to write crime.

The first editions have held up in value over the years, as have those of her older colleagues P D James and Ruth Rendell.

Condition: Fine in fine jacket.

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