The Poisoned Chalice Murder
by Diane Janes

A Black and Dod historical mystery

Tom Dod’s Aunt Hetty is worried – three sudden deaths have occurred in the sleepy village of Durley Dean. They might seem like tragic accidents, but Aunt Hetty isn’t so sure. After all, all three took a stand against Reverend Pinder, the new vicar of St Agnes Church, whose controversial changes have divided the congregation.

But is there really a killer among the parishioners? And while Fran leaps at the chance to spend a weekend at Aunt Hetty’s sleuthing with Tom, could the trip prove to be a poisoned chalice in more ways than one?


“A revealing look at the social customs of the time, a cast of captivating characters in the Agatha Christie mold, and an engaging plot make this a good pick for fans of the traditional British cozy.”


“A fun, old-fashioned whodunit”

Historical Novel Society

Diane Janes

Born and brought up in Birmingham, Diane Janes spent many years in the north of England and now lives in Devon. She is the author of five previous crime novels and several non-fiction investigations into real-life historical mysteries. Her debut, The Pull of the Moon, was shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 2010.

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The Poisoned Chalice Murder by Diane Janes is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278881981st November 2018150 X 225mm208$28.99
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Ebook97817801099471st November 2018N/A208$10.99
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