The Habit of Widowhood

The Habit of Widowhood

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753155532
  • 9780753155530

Review Text

Though the 17 stories collected here range from the disastrous effects of arranged marriage ("Cupid's Dart") to a dog's-eye-view of homicide ("Dog Television"), no one but Barnard (The Bad Samaritan, 1995, etc.) could have written any of them: The tone of ironic, amused malice is unmistakable. Given the author's formulaic handling of murder - which arises almost invariably from thwarted passions chastened by a tone of high civility - the resourcefulness of Barnard's plotting is impressive, whether he's reuniting a boarding-school bully with his former butt ("The Stuff of Nightmares") or suavely updating Charlotte Bronte ("Reader, I Strangled Him"). Only the quietly acidulous "Gentleman in the Lake" and the farcical "Balmorality" are true standouts, but fans will devour the whole collection in a single guilty gulp. (Kirkus Reviews)show more