A Pen Dipped in Poison by J.M. Hall | Review

A Pen Dipped in Poison | J.M. Hall | Avon Books UK | Pub: March 30, 2023 | Pages: 378

I really had high hopes for this. I was expecting a cozy mystery but, in my opinion, that is not what I got.

I think I might have enjoyed this more if it wasn’t British, and I hate to say that. I really do love British books generally, but this one was too British for my understanding. There were lots of slang that I didn’t understand, coming from a French-Canadian person. This left me quite confused most of the time. Plus, there were lots of characters, which didn’t help with my comprehension of the story. Also, one thing that bugged me was the POV would change out of nowhere. It wouldn’t necessarily change every chapter; it would change in a random paragraph, so it was extra hard to keep track of everything.

You might love this story if you are British, or know a lot of British terminology, especially if you like a slow-moving storyline. This one would be for you, unfortunately, this one just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to Avon Books UK for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


Signed. Sealed. Dead?

Retired schoolteachers Liz, Pat and Thelma never expected they would be caught up in a crime even once in their lives, let alone twice.

But when poison pen letters start landing on the doorsteps of friends and neighbours in their Yorkshire village, old secrets come to light.

With the potential for deadly consequences.

It won’t be long until the three friends are out on a case yet again…

The second totally addictive and page-turning cosy mystery featuring these very unlikely sleuths. Fans of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders will be hooked.


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