The Maltese Angel

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Thorndike Press, 1995 - Fiction - 697 pages
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Marrying a professional dancer, prosperous farmer Ward Gibson is stunned by the murderous jealousy of Daisy Mason, a young neighbor who believes Ward was promised to her

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The fans of Cookson's (My Beloved Son, 1993, etc.) subtle-as- a-calliope village melodramas, set in various periods near the banks of the Tyne, will be pleased to note that the empress of scullery ... Read full review

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User Review  - mazda502001 - LibraryThing

The year is 1886, and Ward Gibson is a prosperous young farmer who becomes fascinated by Stephanie McQueen, a dancer. His marriage to her divides his home village, as he was expected to marry a local girl and there follows a series of attacks on his farm, culminating in Stephanie's murder. Read full review

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Catherine Cookson lived in Northumberland, England, the setting of many of her international bestsellers. Born in Tyne Dock, she was the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished woman, Kate, whom she was raised to believe was her older sister. She began to work in the civil service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married a local grammar school master.
Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer, in 1968 her novel "The Round Tower" won the Winifred Holtby Award, her readership quickly spread worldwide, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular contemporary authors. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998, having completed 104 works.

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