Fall of Midas

Fall of Midas

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552105724
  • 9780552105729

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A bright, slightly wry, turn-of-the-century rural English lamplighter with an oddly likable Midas, Edwin Oxford, whose golden touch reaches beyond mere material success to something more sinister. "Now maybe," said a fifteen-year-old Edwin to his murdered father's "jubilant widow," "we shall have a chance." Then begins Edwin's ascent via the grocery business and an (unsought) alliance with his former employer's daughter, to not only wealth and respectability but also (again unsought - Edwin's self-sufficient pride is much admired) entry into the local nobility. But half-gypsy tart Anna, stepdaughter of the gamekeeper, takes advantage of Edwin's son Charlie's exuberant sexuality, collects one pay-off from Edwin, and returns to announce a pregnancy. By a quiet pool Anna's neck is snapped like a twig. The remainder of the tale meanders through steps in the solution of the crime, pleasant pairings of Oxford's three charming daughters, and, with a trace of comic undertone, some supernatural appearances. With all the hearth warmth of the period country-house genre plus a few chilly drafts - this offers the Norah Lofts readership something fresh and better. (Kirkus Reviews)show more