Footsteps in the Blood

Jennie Melville, Author Minotaur Books $17.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-312-09813-1
Charmianspok Daniels, Chief Superintendent in the London Police who was last seen in Dead Set , returns in a suspenseful case that involves her goddaughter, Kate Cooper, and her friend, Sergeant Dolly Barstow of the Merrywick CID, in murder. Dead is Nella Fisher, a barmaid who had repeatedly warned Kate and Dolly that a man was planning to attack them. Told to go take her information to the police, Nella had laughed derisively. The warnings, accompanied by requests for money, escalated and Kate had been heard shouting that she would kill Nella if she came back again. After Nella's body is found in front of the townhouse where Kate and Dolly both live, Kate is arrested. As the police work on building their case, Charmian attempts to determine the meaning of the barmaid's warning and the reason why she distrusted the police. Gradually the Chief Superintendent realizes that she is the real target of the mysterious man whom Nella had overheard. Deftly unraveling the convoluted plot, Melville delivers a zinger of a story. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/04/1993
Release date: 10/01/1993
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