False Charity

Veronica Heley, Author . Severn $27.95 (219p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6527-4

At the start of this ingenious series debut from British veteran Heley (Murder at the Altar ), Bea Abbot, recently widowed in New Zealand, has returned to London hoping for an empty house in which to grieve and put her life back together. Instead, she finds that her son, Max, recently elected to the House of Commons, has deserted the family investigation business, Abbot Agency, now destined for closure. To make matters worse, Max has hired Maggie, a young woman with pink hair, who has befriended a teenage boy, Oliver, and both are living in Bea's house. When caterer Coral Pyne, Bea's old friend, arrives saying she's been stiffed by a client and wants Bea's help recovering the money, Bea wants to tell them all to leave her alone. Nonetheless, feeling obliged to help Coral, she begins to investigate her claims and unknowingly finds herself one step behind a murderer. The cast of outrageous characters compliments a complex mystery. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/20/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Hardcover - 349 pages - 978-0-7278-7714-7
Paperback - 219 pages - 978-1-84751-022-8
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-1-78010-561-1
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