Clare Curzon, Author COLD HANDSClare Curzon

Those who enjoy traditional British police procedurals need look no further than veteran Curzon's charming tale featuring Superintendent Mike Yeadings of the Thames Valley Police in a case involving one of the rarest crimes found in detective fiction: counterfeiting. After the discovery of a corpse on a rail line (which is at first unidentified but then, thanks to good police work, shown to be a customs officer's), the scene shifts to Fraylings Court, where the owners are engaged in turning the venerable country house into a holiday destination ¾ offering riding, dancing, swimming and a host of other recreational activities. The police soon deduce that counterfeit British currency may be passing through Fraylings Court from its origins abroad. So Yeadings has DS Rosemary Zyczynski pose as one of the guests. The problem is that there are quite a few residents and guests. Who is the contact person for the strange Dutchman Nederhuis, and how will the police find out where and when the rendezvous will take place? A guest named "Smith" arrives later than the others. The husband of one guest, Smith has a puzzling relationship with another female guest. Who is this mystery man? Using her skills at the poker table to probe the English "good ole boys," Rosemary does her best to find out the answers. Curzon (All Unwary) enlivens the sleuthing with conversations about the personal lives of the police. An exciting, if slightly rushed, denouement will leave most readers satisfied. (Mar. 19)

Reviewed on: 02/19/2001
Release date: 03/01/2001
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 978-0-7278-5462-9
Hardcover - 376 pages - 978-0-7089-4329-8
Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-4668-4719-4
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