Snare of Serpents

Snare of Serpents Davina Glentyre s happy young life in Edinburgh was shattered by her mother s death and made even unbearable by her father s sudden marriage to her new governess Her one joy was her friendship with a

  • Title: Snare of Serpents
  • Author: Victoria Holt
  • ISBN: 9780449219287
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Davina Glentyre s happy young life in Edinburgh was shattered by her mother s death and made even unbearable by her father s sudden marriage to her new governess Her one joy was her friendship with a poor but charming student, Jamie, whom her father forbade her to wed When her father suddenly died from arsenic poisoning, the means, motive, and opportunity all pointeDavina Glentyre s happy young life in Edinburgh was shattered by her mother s death and made even unbearable by her father s sudden marriage to her new governess Her one joy was her friendship with a poor but charming student, Jamie, whom her father forbade her to wed When her father suddenly died from arsenic poisoning, the means, motive, and opportunity all pointed to Davina herself Alone, she escaped to the colonies in Africa But with the Boer War came danger and the return of dark secrets from the past that threatened her reputation and her very life .

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    1. Snare of Serpents is pretty much your usual Victoria Holt suspense novel with heroine in peril, etc. etc. Davina Glentyre's peaceful life in Edinburgh is rocked when her beloved governess is fired for stealing and in comes a younger, prettier governess. A governess who ends up marrying her widowed father. A widowed father who ends up dead from arsenic poisoning. Being a typical Holt novel, Davina is the one who gets the blame ('course she's innocent), put on trial and found "Not Proven" - a stig [...]

    2. Buddy read with Hannah, Misfit, Jeannette, Sakura Yue Michaelis, Diane Lynn.Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, Philippa Carr; Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anne Percival, and Ellalice Tate.Mu copy just arrived from USA through BM.Well, the plot was quite well predictable, the heroine's naiveté was quite overwhelmed and the end didn't bring any big surprise to any kind of reader. In my opinion, we had more fun with the buddy reads of Mary Stewart books.

    3. What can I say? Every book of Victoria Holt follows the same pattern: a sweet innocent child that becomes a damsel in distress who ends up being a miss Independent Woman. It includes lots of love-affairs (usually with a very Bad Young Man and then with the Perfect Gentleman) and family secrets and murders (usually you know who the murderer is in page 2, but the little damsel doesn't suspect anything until the very last page). Butwhat can I do? I do love this kind of dramatic, old-fashioned novel [...]

    4. I picked up Snare of Serpents because the author was Victoria Holt. "Jean Plaidy, also known as VICTORIA HOLT" is the author of a wonderful series of historical novels about the British royal family. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by Snare of Serpents. I felt it really a mishmash: one part gothic romance, one part country-house mystery, with a bit of historical intrigue on the side. We begin in gothic romance mode. We are in Scotland, sometime before 1898. Young Davina Glentyre (sounds m [...]

    5. Books written by Victoria Holt are so cheesy, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. I've read a loooot of her books when I was 14/15 years old.at was the last time I've read them. I absolutely loved them at the time. I'm thinking of reading one of her books just for the old times sake! =)

    6. I hadn't read a Victoria Holt novel since I was a teenager, so I decided to revisit this author. It was a pleasant enough story with a lot of repetition (in case the reader didn't see the plot twists coming). This had a Cinderella type theme: teenage daughter of wealthy widower gets young stepmother, father dies (at step mother's hands?) and daughter is accused and tried for murder. From there, the story takes off to South Africa where the characters are caught up in the Boer war. Daughter event [...]

    7. Del mismo estilo que todas las de esta autora, a mí me encantan para llevar a la playa.Esta es otra historia de amor con asesinatos de por medio, en este caso la historia empieza en Edimburgo, pero luego pasa a Sudáfrica, transcurre la historia en los principios del siglo XX y habla de la segunda guerra de los bóers, así que de paso te informas de algo de historia.

    8. Victoria Holt wrote this book inspired by the true story of Madeleine Smith, who in 1857 was acquitted in a famous murder trial. Some of the similarities are the stern father, the secret betrothal, the sixpenny worth of arsenic, the unflattering courtroom portrait and of course the "not proven". The author added to these in order to admirably create the "snare of serpents" of the title. I found it odd, however, that near the end of the book Madeleine Smith was indeed referred to. I had imagined [...]

    9. Victoria Holt is supposed to be a writer of mystery/romance. This book was neither. All right, technically, there was a murder, and at the end (or close to it) there was a marriage, but I was pretty bored. We meet the hero about half-way through the book, then the heroine leaves the country. Near the end of the book, the hero comes to the heroine and they get married. I don't like a lot of mush, but in the pages between when they meet, and he goes to get her in South Africa, I almost forgot the [...]

    10. BLAH. This has to be one of the worst Victoria Holt novels ever. The heroine is likeable enough, but nothing happens. NOTHING. No suspense, no conflict, no exotic setting really. The first part drags for way too long. I kept reading, puzzled about the lack of love interest, and the final resolution made me laugh. Honestly? That was it? Not one of her finest. So yeah, don't waste your time.

    11. My mother used to have in her libraryny of Victoria Holt's and Georgette Heyer's novels. This was my first Victoria Holt.old stylery predictable, and yet easy to read. I think the title is a bit over the top for what actually is written inside, but that reflects the time when it was actually written. Always great to explore different authors including older ones, and newer ones.

    12. A way to pass time and be entertained. Not inspiring but cleverly twistful. Who is the good guy and who is scheming what in this non-gory murder mystery? I don't like murder mysteries so it's hard for me to judge it.

    13. This summer I wanted to read again some authors I enjoyed in high school. Victoria Holt was one of them. I didnt find it as intriguing as I did back then or maybe this book just wasn't as good as some of her others.

    14. I haven't read a Victoria Holt book in a while. I think I have outgrown her, because this was frankly hard to get through. Oh well. On to bigger and better things.

    15. Davina is accused of her father's murder. She moves to South Africa to escape the notoriety. She eventually marries her lawyer and when her stepmother dies, the truth is finally revealed.

    16. I enjoy Victoria Holt when I need a simple, cozy story. There is always a wee mystery and a damsel in distress-some romance. This is one of her better stories.

    17. I liked this book. I actually couldn't sleep one night because I was at a point in the book that was suspenseful. LOL

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