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The Accomplice (1996)

by Elizabeth Ironside

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Elizabeth Ironside writes a great mystery. Period. How could you not like the intersection of Russian genealogy, a depressed, but fashion conscious lawyer, petulant teenagers with middle class small town England, coupled with WW II secrets? Elizabeth combines it all into a believable and engrossing tale that will keep you up long before your mate goes to sleep. You won't figure this one out before the end. Think Betty Moody's cave! ( )
  dla911 | Apr 17, 2010 |
The Accomplice is a highly intelligent and stylishly crafted mystery,literate,with not just the veneer of literacy and with the resonance of not very distant history. Think Dr. Zhivago with a who-dun-it attached. This is the third of Ms. Ironsides's mysteries that I have read, and I am never disappointed. ( )
  lucybrown | Mar 29, 2009 |
eh, very chatty, didn't grab me
  Kaethe | May 27, 2008 |
A child's skeleton is dug up in the yard of Zita Dauncey's friend and client, the elderly Jean. A local policeman is convinced that Jean is responsible and that the skeleton is that of an 8 year old boy who went missing 30 years prior. As Zita (a lawyer in a small English town) attempts to assist her friend and client, Jean's past is gradually revealed. Jean is no ordinary upperclass Englishwoman. Originally Yevgenia Chornoroukya, a Latvian princess, she endured and escaped the horrors of Eastern Europe in 1945. Her aristocratic family had mostly been destroyed by the Russian revolution decades earlier. Lots of history here but an engaging and thrilling story. I was reminded again how little most of us know about Eastern European nobility. Many families can trace their root for centuries longer than the British monarchy. As I seem to be the only member who has this book, I assume it is not readily available in the US. This is a mystery author well worth looking up. She is published in pb by Hodder & Stoughton's "New English Library" and should be available on UK used books websites (or you never know what you might find in your local used book stores). ( )
  bhowell | Nov 24, 2007 |
Protagonist: Zita Daunsey, a lawyer
Setting: early 1990s in southern England
Standalone

First Line: "She had made all the arrangements for her own funeral."

Life at Asshe House is gracious. The guests have lovely manners, and the talk is civilized...until workmen digging up the rose garden uncover the skeleton of a child. Although we follow events through the eyes of family friend and lawyer, Zita Daunsey, the story is told from varying perspectives in alternating chapters covering fifty years.

A reviewer called Ironside's storytelling style "delicate but lethal", and it's true. The story is so well-bred and quiet that its complexity isn't fully appreciated until the very end. I really enjoyed The Accomplice and will look for other books by Ironside. ( )
  cathyskye | Mar 31, 2007 |
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The skeleton of a small child is unearthed in Jean Loftus's rose garden. Elizabeth Ironside is a previous winner of the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award, and was shortlisted for the 1995 Gold Dagger Award.

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