Village Affairs

Cassandra Chan, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur $23.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-33750-6

Chan's second contemporary homage to Dorothy Sayers (after 2005's The Young Widow ) lacks the subtle characterization and meticulous plotting of the Lord Peter Wimsey saga, though cozy fans should enjoy the charming Cotswolds setting, in particular the congenial local pub where much of the action takes place. Scotland Yard detective Jack Gibbons and his well-to-do friend, Phillip Bethancourt, go to Chipping Chedding to investigate the death of one of the village's most popular residents, Charlie Bingham. While a possibly accidental mix of sleeping pills and whiskey did Charlie in, his body having been moved to the fireside where it was found raises suspicions. A surfeit of sleuths, including one of Jack's police superiors and Phillip's bumbling host, muddles the evidence gathering. Amid the red herrings, the author provides enough fair-play clues for the discerning reader to discover the culprit. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/04/2006
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4299-3466-4
Mass Market Paperbound - 342 pages - 978-0-312-93507-8
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