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Tuesday 24 October 2023

‘Road Kill’ by Marianne MacDonald

Published by Hodder & Stoughton,
1 June 2000.
ISBN: 978-0-34074834-3 (HB)

Awaken by a phone call in the middle of the night, antiquarian book dealer Dido Hoare is relieved that it is not her elderly father Barnaby who has heart trouble. But disturbed when she is asked by her child’s nanny Phyllis, to please come and unlock the closet in which she is imprisoned.

Phyllis has been the victim of a burglary, or has she? It appears nothing has been taken, just a rather through search. But where is Frank, Phyllis’s husband, an accountant who has served time in prison for white collar crime.

This is the start of a chain of events  that will threaten Dido’s life. Paul Grant, her one tine lover is strangely elusive, just when she needs him. Phyllis’s sister-in-law, Lal is even more enigmatic when confronted by Dido. When Dido discovers the identity of the burglar, she realises that she is on her own, and on very shaky ground.

Marianne MacDonald has produced a complex thriller that is frightening in its revelation of the thin line between police and perpetrator. Who can one trust?

The final stages of this, the fourth book in the Dido Hoare series, provides a shocking twist that will leave the reader keen to get their hands on the next book in the series.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes (Sirett)

Marianne Macdonald was born in the lumber town of Kenora, Northern Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg and Montreal. Her first children's book was published when she was 16. She took her BA at McGill University, then went to Oxford for graduate studies in English. For thirty years she pretended to be an academic, acquiring various degrees and teaching at universities in Canada and England. She left teaching early in order to return to her writing.

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