Superintendent Alan Markby and his girlfriend, civil servant Meredith Mitchell, are in desperate need of a summer holiday - and a cottage in Parsloe St John is an attractive last-minute prospect.
Their temporary next-door neighbour, retired journalist Wynne Carter, is as convivial as the village itself as she indulges in her latest obsession - speculation about a former resident, Olivia Smeaton, a racy old lady whose obituary Wynne has recently compiled and whose life - and accidental death - she believes were not all they seem.
©1996 Ann Granger (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"The narrative captures an accelerating tension and delivers final revelations that startle while remaining true to the nature of the characters in question. Granger's latest offers abundant, understated pleasures." (Publishers Weekly)
I usually like Granger's novels but this was not of the usual standard. There were inconsistencies in details that were not central to the story, the plot was convoluted and the whole thing somewhat unpleasant. I persisted to the end in the hope that the ending might make up for the other failings. It didn't.
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