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Born in Surrey, England, to John and Alison Larminie in 1924, Margaret Yorke (Margaret Beda Nicholson) grew up in Dublin before moving back to England in 1937, where the family settled in Hampshire, although she later lived in a small village in Buckinghamshire. During World War II she saw service in the Women's Royal Naval Service as a driver. In 1945, she married, but it was only to last some ten years, although there were two children; a son and daughter. Her childhood interest in literature was re-enforced by five years living close to Stratford-upon-Avon and she also worked variously as a bookseller and as a librarian in two Oxford Colleges, being the first woman ever to work in that of Christ Church. She was widely travelled and had a particular interest in both Greece and Russia. Her first novel was published in 1957, but it was not until 1970 that she turned her hand to crime writing. There followed a series of five novels featuring Dr. Patrick Grant, an Oxford don and amateur sleuth, who shared her own love of Shakespeare. More crime and mystery was to follow, and she wrote some forty three books in all, but the Grant novels were limited to five as, in her own words, 'authors using a series detective are trapped by their series. It stops some of them from expanding as writers'. She was proud of the fact that many of her novels were essentially about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations which may threatening, or simply horrific. It is this facet of her writing that ensures a loyal following amongst readers who inevitably identify with some of the characters and recognise conflicts that may occur in everyday life. Indeed, she stated that characters are far more important to her than intricate plots and that when writing 'I don’t manipulate the characters, they manipulate me'. Critics have noted that she has a 'marvellous use of language' and she has frequently been cited as an equal to P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. She was a past chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and in 1999 was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger, having already been honoured with the Martin Beck Award from the Swedish Academy of Detection. Margaret Yorke died in 2012.


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Grasp's the imagination with solidly built suspense! 29 de diciembre de 2004
Por Georgie Cavitt - Publicado en Amazon.com
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The residents of Tellingford, a rural English village, learn that murder is a crime which can happen next door, or across the street, or even closer to home. Ronald Trimm is a model citizen, a successful antiques dealer. But at week's end when the shop is closed, he indulges in erotic fantasy. His dreams suddenly come to life when a rich, lonely widow seduces him. Ronald expects an affair to develop, but is rebuffed. His next sexual humiliation leads to murder, and the hunt is up! This story is quoted as "very convincing" by The Financial Times, and "delicious characterization" by The Yorks Post. Margaret Yorke, the author, is in the forefront among British mystery writers.
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Scary Neighborhood Murders 3 de abril de 2011
Por SmartGirl - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Having read three of Margaret Yorke's murder mysteries, I can say she is an excellent crime fiction novelist! She starts with an average day in the life of a person, then shows the incident or beginnings of the discontent that will drive the murder. What makes her novels so enjoyable is the characterization of all involved, the murderer as well as the murdered. In this tale, poor Ronald Trimm is sexually frustrated because his very competent wife is competent in every aspect except sex. She hates it and only did just enough to get him to marry her, then worked it out of their relationship. He dreams of it, has constant erotic fantasies, and has the unfortunate experience of driving home a neighbor, a rich, lonely widow one night who seduces him. Once he crosses that line, he realizes all that he is missing, and his life is never the same again. In Yorke's stories, main characters get killed off as well as minor ones and every scene is compelling. Her writing is crisp, her books are short, usually just over 200 pages, and her stories are suspenseful. I would recommend!
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Margaret Yorke...Another Page Turner By British Mystery Writer 20 de marzo de 2010
Por B. L. Swoverland - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Margaret Yorke will never disappoint those looking for a real page turner. You'll look in vain on the bookshelves of most bookstores. I order online from Amazon and have a new Margaret Yorke book within days. In the meanwhile, I'm content with Dick Francis.

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