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Two apparently harmless women reside in cottages one building apart in the idyllic English village of Little Camborne. Miss Finch and Miss Swallow, cousins, have put their pasts behind them and settled into conventional country life. But when a mysterious foreigner, Theodore Cadmus - from a Mediterranean island nobody has heard of - moves into the middle cottage, the safe monotony of their lives is shattered.
Soon, long-hidden secrets and long-held grudges threaten to surface, drawing all into a vortex of subterfuge, theft, violence, mayhem . . . and murder.
‘A darkly witty fable ... a tale of vengeance that begins to take on the swerving, lurid velocity of a fever dream’
‘Entertaining and wildly unpredictable, with a soupçon of the supernatural’
‘Mr Cadmus is a treat of a tale. To a "polite" English village add a sprinkling of sinister. The result? Cosy and twisted, comic and gothic, with a show-stealing parrot’
‘Murderous intrigue plays out against a backdrop of curtain-twitching small-town banality in this playful black comedy’
‘Follows the mysterious Mr Cadmus who hails from a Mediterranean island nobody has heard of and turns life in the idyllic English village of Little Camborne upside down’
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‘Blackly comic . . . as the body count mounts, Ackroyd’s novel moves beyond Midsomer Murders territory and into the realm of the truly weird’