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Deceiving Mirror Hardcover – 26 May 1988

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (26 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072781589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727815897
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,512,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Yorke is one of the most renowned British female authors of the mystery novel. She was born in Surrey but she spent her childhood in Dublin, Ireland before moving to England in 1937. During World War II she worked as a driver for the Women's Royal Naval service, and after the war she became the first woman to work in Christ Church library, Oxford.

She served as Chairman of the Crime Writer's association between 1979 and 1980, and went on to win the 1993 Golden Handcuffs award, a prize given to the UK's most popular crime writer. She was also awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 1999.

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'Mistress of the skilfully spun suspense novel' Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Margaret Beda Larminie, or Margaret Yorke as she became, is one of the most renowned and prolific female British mystery authors. During the Second World War she initially worked as a librarian before serving as a driver for the Women's Royal Naval Service. After the end of the war, she returned to literary pursuits, becoming the first woman to work at Christ Church library in Oxford. Yorke's spell here influenced her only serial character, the Shakespeare-loving, Oxford don sleuth Patrick Grant. She was actively involved in the crime writing community, chairing the Crime Writers' Association between 1979 and 1980. Yorke's novels met with great critical success; in 1993 she was awarded the CWA Golden Handcuffs and in 1999 received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for an outstanding lifetime contribution to the genre. Her last book was Cause for Concern (2001). She died in 2012. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2003
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I enjoy the books of Margaret Yorke and it was even more enjoyable having one of them read to me! Ms Yorke's novels are easy on the brain, without losing any of the story's intrigue or ability to hold the reader to the last. This story is no exception, but as yet is the only one of this author's books I have read that doesn't involve murder in the physical sense. 'The Deceiving Mirror', however, implies that a murder took place but by more devious means. The story is set in the fifties, where Nesta is a well-respected member of society in the small village of Denton and lives with her only daughter, 15-year-old Phillipa (Philly). It is not too long after the end of the war to allow Nesta to enjoy the sympathy of the other villagers in respect of her status as widow, and to not have her husband's death classed as just another casualty of war. Nesta's husband, John, was badly wounded in the war and came home to convalesce, but instead of allowing him to do so by taking over his father's farm (as was his wish), Nesta insisted that he return to work in the city, as she felt that anything to do with farming was vulgar. Unfortunately, this led to his untimely death of a perforated ulcer (his complaints of feeling ill going unheeded by Nesta, who insists it is indigestion). Poor Philly is constantly reminded by her mother that she is clumsy, ungainly and overweight and any happiness that comes Philly's way is always thwarted by Nesta. Nesta's brother-in-law, Charles, lives in the farmhouse just along from her cottage and, since his brother's death, he has felt obliged to look after Nesta, as a husband, but without the sex. Charles had been married himself once but his wife left him for another man and so once again Nesta had him all to herself.Read more ›
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I'd been looking for this early margaret yorke book for a long time, am thrilled to finally have it!
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