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Worldwide Library, April 2012. ISBN: 978-0-373-26796-5
Harriet Quigley, retired headmistress, has, unknown
to either her cousin Canon Sam Hathaway or any of her friends, booked
herself into Firstone Grange
following an operation.
Grange is both select and expensive. Not an old people’s home but a kind of
hotel for older guests who might be convalescing or just wanting some peace and
Alice cannot believe her luck when her
mother Christine Marchant decides to try a month’s respite care at Firstone
Grange. Coinciding with this event Alice
learns that her boss Barry Wilson has sold his estate agent business to Neil
Slater. Initially, browbeaten Alice fears the worst but
matters take a surprising turn.
Christine Marchant takes up residence at Firstone Grange she has a most
unsettling effect on the current guests, for Christine Marchant is a most
unpleasant women revelling in the misfortune’s of others, and keen to exploit
their weaknesses for her own pleasure.
From the elderly inmates to young Gemma Sankey who works at Firstone
Grange Christine Marchant has something on them all and she makes sure that
they all know it, enjoying watching her victim’s squirm. When a heavy euphonium falls from a balcony
landing on her head, it is initially put down as an accident, but Harriet is
not so sure.
plotting and a marvellous cast of characters, Nicola Slade has presented a real
brain-teaser. Virtually everyone who
knew Christine Marchant is a suspect. So
just who did kill Christine Marchant, and how did they do it?
interesting exercise in the effect one person can have on so many lives and the
changes wrought once the evil presence is removed. A most enjoyable and
Nicola Slade was brought up in Poole, in Dorset, and since
then has lived in various places including Cairo,
Nicola writes two separate series. An historical series featuring Charlotte Richmond, a young Victorian widow, andher new series of contemporary mysteries, which
features recently retired headmistress, Harriet Quigley and her clergyman
cousin, Canon Sam Hathaway. Nicola lives
with her husband and two cats near Winchester