Something murderous is about to happen in Middle Bardolph. The sunny village seems as neat and proper as the orderly life of Mrs. Newton, the grey-haired widow in an impeccably kept house. Yet acts of greed and obsession are about to turn Mrs. Newton's prim life upside-down. Unbeknownst to her, an ex-convict and some unsavoury associates have moved in next door, her recently-jilted grown daughter is going dangerously mad with grief, and her middle-aged son is so desperate for his inheritance he just may try to collect it prematurely. Any of the above could endanger an elderly lady's life, but there is more. . .
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"Mrs. Newton, a widow, enjoys a quiet and determinedly tidy life in the picturesque English village of Middle Bardolph, but storms are brewing that seem likely to unsettle it. Geoffrey, her boring and not very pleasant son, thinks his mother should underwrite the larger home his ambitious wife demands. Temperamental daughter Jennifer is increasingly obsessed with her former lover and his new fiancee and seems bent on disrupting their lives"--Publishers Weekly.… (more)