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The Brimstone Wedding

The eighth Barbara Vine novel published by Viking in


I simply started with the idea of an elderly lady in a nursing home and a carer, because I had an aunt who died in a nursing home last year - it wasn’t in the least like the book, of course, but that was my idea. And then the notion of a house that was hidden until the deeds were discovered by the children, because that happened to somebody I knew. Once I had that, the characters came along and then I was there.

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Jenny’s marriage is loveless, and she is having an affair. She works at a care home, where she is especially fond of Stella, a woman dying of cancer—whose own secrets parallel Jenny’s—with the difference that she may have been involved in murdering her lover’s husband.

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Footnotes

  1. The Irish Times, 1996 ↩︎

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