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by Alison & Busby, 18 February 2016. ISBN: 978-0-74901-972-3
When the reverend Francis Oughterard When the Reverend Francis Oughterard lost his life
falling from the church tower attempting to recue one of his parishioners who had somehow impaled herself on
a gargoyle, he left behind not only a bereaved sister but eccentric Maurice the
cat, who had attached himself to FO when that most gentle of men had offed
Maurice’s mistress well a cat needs somewhere to live and it seemed only
fair.And the exuberant Bouncer the dog
who had joined the household when his owner disappeared with money that was not
Oughterardis a woman who knows her
dutyand responsibilities, and so it is
that Maurice and Bouncer find themselves adopted by FO’s sister Primrose, and
living in East Sussex.Where FO used to
play the piano and suck humbugs, PO paints and drinks gin.All seems well, except that Primrose has
taken against the new Latin master at Erasmus House where Primrose teaches
art.Mr Topping, he that teaches Latin,
is as Primrose puts it ‘pure fake.’ Primrose determines to keep an eye on him.
Returning across the
downs from a bridge evening Primrose finds a dead body in a deserted area by a
pond. Not wishing to be involved, but fearing possible repercussions, Primrose
turns to an old friend of her late brother’s whose questionable lifestyle
wrought havoc for him. I could have told her that it was not a good idea.
narrators that of Maurice, Bouncer and Primrose, not forgetting the
correspondence between Emily, the school secretary and her friend Agnes
enjoying life in Tobago, this tale ofvillage life set in the late 1950’s is a delight.
Witty, clever, and
cunningly plotted, it is a joy to read. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Suzette A. Hillwas born in Eastbourne, Sussex, in 1941; but has lived
in many locations - the Midlands, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Berkshire -
and finally in retirement in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Although being an English
graduate of two universities and having taught ‘Eng. Lit.’ all her professional
life, she never contemplated doing any creative writing herself. It was only
when she was sixty-four and well retired, that out of idle curiosity she
thought she might try her hand at a short story - just to see what writing
fiction felt like. And to her ongoing surprise A Load of Old Bones plus its four sequels was the result. A Little Murder (pub. Allison &
Busby) is the first in a new series featuring Rosie Gilchrist, and followed byThe Venetian
Venture & A Southwold Mystery. The Primrose
Pursuit (2016), the first book to
feature Primrose Oughterard, is a link to the original ‘Bones’ series.