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The Body of a Woman (2002)

by Clare Curzon

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The body of a woman has been discovered in Shotters Wood. The police are treating the death as suspicious...Leila Knightley ran a small gift shop in the quiet town of Mardham, was well liked by neighbours and aquaintances and was devoted to her family, especially her two step-children, Edward and Chloe. Her husband, Professor Aidan Knightley, an eminent academic, had recently been offered a promotion and to many their life was a source of envy. When her dead body is discovered dumped in a nearby wood, dressed vampishly in a striking evening dress, her face covered by a feathered mask, both family and friends are at a loss to find any kind of explanation. A sensitive and powerful exploration of cause and effect, Body of a Woman is the latest in the popular series featuring Superintendent Mike Yeadings and his team.

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"The victim herself is a puzzle. The corpse, clad in carnival dress and with a huge bird's-head mask hiding her face, is revealed to be a respectable, conservatively behaved woman of the town, a women whom no one would ever have imagined made up and dressed so bizarrely. How did she come, not only to be brutally murdered, but done up so garishly? Yeadings and his team must look in every direction, starting with the dead woman's womanizing professor husband and her distressed teenage stepdaughter. How is the star-crossed mathematician (who studies chaos theory at the roulette table) connected to the dead woman? Through his drug-damaged son? Could she have been close to - have even known the successful bookie, his family, his bodyguards?The police have good reasons for looking at all the people in this psychological merry-go-round, and another attempted murder only complicates their work, spreading the suspicion to touch even more of the town's kaleidoscope of citizens."--BOOK JACKET."Curzon sets her crimes in the leafy Thames Valley, a lovely enough part of old England where one of the old villages seem right out of a nineteenth-century painting. But people are the same mix of good and bad whatever scenery surrounds them, and Superintendent Mike Yeadings has as much human dissolution to deal with as if he policed the London streets. Searching for a killer in The Body of a Woman, the superintendent and his sergeants, Beaumont and Rosemary Zyczynski, encounter as diverse a group of involved citizens as could be found anywhere.".… (more)

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