Suspicious Death: A Luke Thanet Mystery

Dorothy Simpson, Author Scribner Book Company $16.95 (247p) ISBN 978-0-684-19026-6
The eighth in Simpson's series featuring Detective Inspector Luke Thanet typifies the British author's award winners. Events in Kent are related in a measured fashion, keeping pace with the dogged investigation of a case by Thanet and his partner, Sgt. Mike Lineham. When the body of Marcia Salden is found in the River Sture, an autopsy proves she was murdered, sending the officers to the Saldens' manor house to question the victim's widower Bernard, her secretary and the housekeeper. The three answer willingly, though with an odd air of reservation that is quite different from the outright enmity expressed by the community toward the dead woman. As Thanet and Lineham search for information, they face an apparently hopeless tangle of sub rosa relationships, perhaps linked to Marcia's killing. A shrewd, cold businesswoman, she was resented for her rise from poverty and, as Lineham suspects, for a stronger reason. As Thanet and Lineham patiently separate the raveled bits in the evidence, they learn the astonishing but undeniable motive for killing the ambitious woman. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-553-28459-1
Hardcover - 978-0-7089-2246-0
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