The Tinder Box

by Minette Walters

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The Tinder Box delves into strange goings on in a close-knit community following a particularly brutal murder.  Small town prejudices lead the village to wage a hate campaign against an Irish family, believing labourer Patrick O'Riordan to be the culprit.  Siobhan Lavenham is the only inhabitant of the village who believes in his innocence and protests loudly against the community's behaviour towards the O'Riordans.  As more and more information is uncovered, even she starts to have her doubts about the events surrounding the murder.  A fascinating examination of prejudice and loyalty.

The Tinder Box Synopsis

In the small Hampshire village of Sowerbridge, Irish labourer Patrick O’Riordan has been arrested for the brutal murder of elderly Lavinia Fanshaw and her live-in nurse, Dorothy Jenkins. As shock turns to fury, the village residents form a united front against Patrick’s parents and cousin, who report incidents of vicious threats and violence.


But friend and neighbour Siobhan Lavenham remains convinced that Patrick has fallen victim to a prejudiced investigation and, putting her own position within the bigoted community in serious jeopardy, stands firmly by his family in defence of the O’Riordan name.


Days before the trial, terrible secrets about the O’Riordans’ past are revealed to Siobhan, and the family’s only supporter is forced to question her loyalties. Could Patrick be capable of murder after all? Could his parents’ tales of attacks be devious fabrications? And if so, what other lies lurk beneath the surface of their world?


As the truth rapidly unfurls, it seems that Sowerbridge residents need to be very afraid. For beneath a cunning façade, someone’s chilling ambition is about to ignite . . .

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ISBN: 9781447208280
Publication date: 05/08/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781447208280
Publication date: 5th August 2005
Author: Minette Walters
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Minette Walters

Minette Walters is one of England’s best-selling crime writers. She is the author of twelve novels, winning the CWA John Creasey Award for the The Ice House, the Edgar Allan Poe Award in America for The Sculptress and two CWA Gold Daggers for The Scold’s Bridle and Fox Evil. She lives in Dorset with her husband and has been translated into thirty-six languages.Her fascination with the dark side of the human psyche began when she read Grimm’s Fairy Tales at seven years old. Her favourite characters were wicked stepmothers whose evil deeds led ...

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