From the rough but colorful
pub that provides the novel’s title, to the snowboard Gothic estate nearby, the
chilly English landscape has never held more atmosphere—or thwarted romance.
And Jury will never have a more mysterious Christmas.
Five days before Christmas.
On his way to a brief holiday (he thinks) Jury meets a woman he could fall in
love with. He meets her in a snow covered graveyard—not, he thinks, the best
way to begin an attachment.
days before Christmas. Jury meets Father Rourke, who draws for him the semiotic
square—“a structure that might simplify thought,” says the priest, but Jury’s
thoughts need more than symbols.
days before Christmas. Melrose Plant, Jury’s aristocratic and unofficial
assistant, arrives at Spinney Abbey, now home to a well-known critic. Among the
assembled snowbound guests he meets Lady Assington, Beatrice Sleight, and the
painter Edward Parmenger. When they all assemble in the dining room, Lady
Assington announces, “I think we should have a murder.” Download and start listening now!