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Last Seen Alive by Dorothy Simpson
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Last Seen Alive (1985)

by Dorothy Simpson

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For me, this book ticks all the boxes of a good whodunnit. The story catches one's attention quickly, moves at pace and provides an unexpected ending. This is all achieved without trickery - such as introducing a new character a few pages from the end, or an endless string of gory murders designed to renew a fading interest.

This is not great literature but, life would be a dull thing were all one's reading to be 'worthy', and this is certainly entertaining. Thoroughly recommended. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Feb 21, 2012 |
i felt so sorry for the woman who died that i couldn't really enjoy the book. it was just so unfair.
crime writers association silver dagger ( )
  mahallett | Aug 31, 2010 |
Excellent, intelligent
September 2007 ( )
  readabook66 | Sep 9, 2007 |
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Reviens, reviens, Ma bien aimee... (Berlioz, "Nuits d'ete.)
Reviens, reviens,
Ma bien aimee
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Berlioz, Nuits d'ete.
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To Hazel
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Even before Thanet had closed the front door behind him Bridget was hurtling down the stairs, face radiant and long hair flying. "She spoke to me, Daddy!"
Even before Thanet had closed the front door behind him Bridget was hurtling down the stairs, face radiant and long hair flying.
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At 38 Alicia Parnell remained as vivacious and exciting as she had been at 17. Until someone strangled her. Her corpse lay sprawled across the elegant four-poster bed at the Black Swan Hotel in Sturrenden, the Kentish town she had left 20 years before. It was her first time back ...and her last. When Inspector Thanet arrived at the scene, he recognized the victim as the popular girl from his school days that so many had idolized...and that a jilted boyfriend had killed himself for. Why had she returned? Whom had she seen? Thanet knew she had attended a concert by another old school chum, but the only clues he had to her murder were a missing red folder, a telephone call...and a trail of hate, passion, and long-kept secrets that led across the years straight to Sturrenden and death.
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