Fear Stalks the Village

Ethel Lina White


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British Library Publishing
10 January 2024
ISBN: 9780712355308
304 pages

From the publisher

"Fear Stalks the Village has a sense of reality about it which few thrillers possess, and the characterisation is excellent. You will enjoy thrill upon thrill." - Tatler

"To the connoisseur of crime the name of Ethel Lina White is one to be spoken of with awe." - News Chronicle

Ambling along the lanes of a sleepy village in the Downs, passing cosy Tudor cottages rustling with wisteria, a novelist imagines the sordid truth hidden behind the quaint, rustic facade. Her musings are confirmed when a spate of anonymous poison pen letters shocks the community, turning neighbour against neighbour and embroiling everyone from the rector and the 'queen of the village' Decima Asprey to the high-born Scudamores. With venom in the air, the perpetrator a mystery and dark secrets threatening to come to light, a shadow of shame and scandal stretches over the parish, with death and disaster following in its wake.

Revelling in the wickedness that lies beneath the idyllic veneer of village life, White's 1932 mystery is an inventive interwar classic and remains one of the foundation stones of the village mystery sub-genre of crime fiction.