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Mr Cadmus
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Mr Cadmus (Hardback)

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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 Caldera, a Mediterranean island nobody has heard of - moves into the middle cottage, the safe monotony of their lives is shattered.



The fates of the two cousins and Mr Cadmus, and those of Little Camborne and Caldera, become inextricably enmeshed. Long-hidden secrets and long-held grudges threaten to surface, drawing all into a vortex of subterfuge, theft, violence, mayhem . . . and murder.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781786898944  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning author of novels including Hawksmoor, Chatterton and The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, biographies of Ezra Pound, Blake and Dickens among others, and acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.

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Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling author of both fiction and non fiction books and “Mr Cadmus” is a short novel that is unique and certainly an unusual read. Meet Mr. Cadmus. He’s foreign, charming, mysterious and enigmatic and owns a foul mouthed pet parrot. Wherever he goes, the shadow of death follows. When he moves into a cottage in the idyllic English village of Little Camborne, beside neighbours and cousins, Maud Finch and Millicent Swallow, the safe monotony of their lives is shattered. As long hidden secrets and long held grudges threaten exposure, the residents are drawn into subterfuge, theft and even murder. When I first started Mr. Cadmus I thought I was going to be reading a cosy English mystery of the likes of ‘Midsomer Murders’ however, not very far into the story I realised that it was getting very dark and at times quite graphic and began to suspect this wasn’t going to be quite the gentle read I had anticipated. Satirical, darkly humorous and sinister, the author has taken a unique but classic crime thriller and made it completely twisted. In all honestly, I’m not sure I followed a lot of the story towards the end but I did enjoy most of it and if strange, bizarre and oddly amusing tales are your ‘thing’, then there’s no doubt that the mysterious Mr Cadmus is for you. 3 stars

- 07/10/2020
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