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An Appetite for Murder

by Linda Stratmann

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This is the 4th book in the Frances Doughty mysteries and I think they are still getting better. Linda Stratmann seems to have found her pace with Frances and is going an excellent job. Frances and Sarah are a mighty duo and they would give Holmes and Watson a run for their money.

In this one, several different mysteries brought to Frances' attention seemed to have a bit of overlap. There was all the hoopla about different theories on dieting and Frances was to look into a possible case of Libel should the letter writer continue. Then a man who got out of jail for robbing his employer asked Frances to find his estranged family, who he hadn't seen since he was arrested over 14 years previously.

This was a tangled knot for Frances to work, especially since the roots of the mystery went back 14 years, and most of the people involved have already passed on. She keeps working even after a terrible fright meant to discredit her fails.

I was pretty impressed with how this fell together and I really was quite surprised with the culprit(s). Parts were obvious but the real answer got me. Great job, keep up the good work! ( )
  readafew | Nov 19, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0750954442, Paperback)

The fourth entry in the Victorian London murder mystery series with a clever and determined female sleuth

The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furor in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians, and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is hired to find the author of anonymous libels, when a former colleague of Whibley's, Hubert Sweetman, who has served 14 years in prison for a violent robbery he claims he did not commit, asks her to trace his estranged family. Before she can start, however, the police arrive and arrest her client for the murder of his wife. There will be more murders and a vicious attack on Frances before she finally resolves a number of knotty questions. Is Hubert Sweetman really innocent? Where are his missing children? And who wielded the poisoned pen?

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The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furor in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians, and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is hired to find the author of anonymous libels, when a former colleague of Whibley's, Hubert Sweetman, who has served 14 years in prison for a violent robbery he claims he did not commit, asks her to trace his estranged family. Before she can start, however, the police arrive and arrest her client for the murder of his wife. There will be more murders and a vicious attack on Frances before she finally resolves a number of knotty questions. Is Hubert Sweetman really innocent? Where are his missing children? And who wielded the poisoned pen?… (more)

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