Those who are content to meander through an English country town full of characters mostly irrelevant to the central plot will best appreciate Fraser’s leisurely ninth Rona Parish mystery (after 2012’s A Question of Identity). Rona has just completed her latest biography and is starting to write a series for a magazine about people who have lived in unusual places or through unusual events when she meets her father’s old friend Frank Hathaway, who was in Kuwait at the time of the Iraqi invasion. While interviewing him, she learns that Frank has been having flashbacks involving a car crash and a failed rescue that he was involved in the previous year. As Frank recovers more of his memory of the accident—and of being in Kuwait when war was declared—Rona turns sleuth. Series fans will be glad to see her troubled house next door occupied by the owners at last, and to find most of Rona’s family settling down. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014 Release date: 11/01/2014 Genre: Fiction
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