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on 21 August 2014
The Rose and the Yew Tree is one of Christie’s pseudonymous novels, originally published under the pen name of Mary Westmacott. The novels which Christie wrote as Westmacott are usually referred to as romance novels, and while there’s a healthy dose of romance involved here, it’s more of a human interest novel than anything else.

Loosely speaking, the story follows the ruthless John Gabriel in his attempt to make it as a politician in a sleepy village, a man who would happily represent any political party so long as he could gain power. It’s an interesting look back at a time that is no more, and to the types of character that you no longer get to meet – it’s also surprisingly exciting, despite the subject matter.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting great things – as usual, Agatha Christie surprised me. If you only read her because you’re in to crime novels then this isn’t for you, but if you’re a fan in general of literature from her era then you’re going to love this – it puts her on a par with Hemingway, Graham Greene and other great writers of her generation.
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on 27 October 2012
The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
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on 7 March 2013
mum love agatha christie so i ordered all of them not read them yet reading the back they look good
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on 19 April 2015
Very interesting. Not a whodunnit for a change, but a finely drawn picture of a particular part of English society just after World War II. Dated, as social conventions have changed, but that is part of this book's charm.
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on 5 March 2016
Highly recommended , seller has the items one is always looking for
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on 7 May 2016
Not as good as her others written under Mary Westmacott.
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on 18 April 2013
It was good but very different from her crime novels. I shall definitely try another by Mary Westmacott sometime soon.
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on 30 November 2014
Excellent!
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