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A good plot, great fun,and a gives a vivid sense of upper middle class society in the 50s. ( )
  ChrisSterry | Mar 24, 2017 |
Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is found in her home naked, shot in the head and covered with a coal scuttle. Detective Sergeant Greenleaf is tasked with unraveling the layers of Marcia's life to bring meaning to her gruesome death.

While the Police investigation plods on, Marcia's niece Rosy finds herself unwittingly drawn into a family mystery involving espionage and foreign intrigue.

It was okay. I like the Francis Oughterard series much better. This did have some good moments and it's well worth the time to read it. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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London, early 1950s. Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is discovered dead in her home, naked and covered with a coal scuttle. Detective Sergeant Greenleaf is tasked with solving the crime and bringing meaning to her gruesome death.

It is a discomfiting matter, not only for the victim's niece Rosy Gilchrist – eager to distance herself from her aunt's fate and raffish reputation – but to all members of the deceased's social circle. The floral Felix and acidic Cedric, awful Vera, self-enamored artist Clovis Thistlehyde, the amiably inane Fawcett family – all, it seems, have secrets to hide and grudges to bear. Reluctantly Rosy is drawn into a mesh of intrigue, encountering those she would prefer to avoid and uncovering facts she would rather not know. Dragged from her ordered world, she is thrust into one of mad uncertainty. Who, for example, is the limping midnight visitor? Is the bibulous priest as ingenious as he seems? And will Mrs. Burkiss ever yield her keys to the broom cupboard? A host of colorful and comic characters leap from the pages in their hurry to identify the murderer, unravel the mystery of Marcia's life, and discover the importance of all that coal.

Hill’s clever and laugh-aloud tales bring a whole new slant to the world of murder mysteries.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:04 -0400)

Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is found in her home naked, shot in the head and covered with a coal scuttle. Detective Sergeant Greenleaf is tasked with unraveling the layers of Marcia's life to bring meaning to her gruesome death. While the Police investigation plods on, Marcia's niece Rosy finds herself unwittingly drawn into a family mystery involving espionage and foreign intrigue. Will she establish the involvement of the abrasive Miss Collinger and will Miss Burkiss ever yield her keys to the broom cupboard?… (more)

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