Bernard Prior was never popular with the rest of his family. And when his second cousin, Sheila Malory, is warned that he is visiting members of the Prior family in order to research their genealogy, Sheila considers it nothing more than a bore. However, what seems like an innocent pastime soon turns into something more sinister. When Bernard dies in suspicious circumstances, family secrets start to emerge. Sheila begins to realise that his research into their family history may have turned up more than a collection of old photographs. Never one to let sleeping dogs lie, she takes it upon herself to discover the truth behind Bernard's demise.
©2006 Hazel Holt (P)2007 Soundings
A reasonable enough plot, but was, as with all her books somewhat dragged out. At least this one did not end suddenly. As with some of Holt's other books Sheila Malory's reaction to the killer is out of character. I thought a lot more could have been done with the plot as some of the family skeletons that had been uncovered were far too easily put back into the cupboard.
The best character in this series is not Sheila Malory but the cantankerous Mrs Dudley. She is a fabulous character and probably the best written, the scenes with Mrs Dudley add a little humour and a break from Sheila's constant eating at the Buttery, babysitting , dog walking and complaining about her animals.
Great for travel as no complicated plots that one has to listen carefully to in order to keep up.
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