Sheep's Clothing

Celia Dale, Author Doubleday Books $12.95 (184p) ISBN 978-0-385-24607-1
This solid, but stolid, British entry follows two women who prey on the elderly. Posing as Social Service workers, Grace Bradby and her assistant, the pliable but dim Janice, visit elderly women and promise them a windfall benefit, meanwhile serving the victims drugged tea. They then proceed to clear out their valuables and money. The conwomen depend on the victims being too embarrassed to go to the police or not being believed by the authorities when they do report their suspicions. When Janice falls for a mysterious man she encounters in a pub, Grace begins to fear for the security of the operation; she doesn't trust her partner not to let slip some telling detail. When she meets Conroy Robinson, a well-to-do middle-aged business man tied to his elderly, and formidable, mother's apron strings, Grace sees a new opportunity and makes herself indispensable to the Robinsons. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Wally Simpson begins to investigate the suspicious death of an elderly woman who dies of an overdose of sleeping pills and appears to have been robbed. Veteran writer Dale ( A Dark Corner ) creates a neat psychological study of some rather unpleasant people. ( Nov .)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
Paperback - 222 pages - 978-0-571-24648-9
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