A dangerous deceit

by Eccles, Marjorie,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction MYS ECCLE
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  MYS ECCLE
February, 1927. The remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath the snow in the grounds of Maxtead Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family. Meanwhile, Margaret Rees-Talbot is preparing for her wedding to the Rev Symon Scroope - to the disapproval of some residents of the small market town of Folbury, who think it's too soon after the death of Margaret's father Osbert, found drowned in his bath a few months previously. An accident - or was there more to it than that?Before he died, Osbert had been writing an account of his experiences as a soldier during the Second Boer War. But what really happened in South Africa back in 1902? Could there be a connection to his death?Then a second death occurs. And it becomes increasingly clear to the investigating DI Herbert Reardon that at least one Folbury resident has a shocking secret to hide.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The sleepy village of Folbury is upset by not one but two recent deaths. Respected local Osbert Rees-Talbot, a distinguished veteran of the Boer War, drowns in his bath, and the body of an unidentified man is found buried on the edge of the estate of wealthy landowner Lord Scroope. The former seems to be a tragic accident, while the latter is clearly murder, but with no clues or suspects and nothing to identify the victim except a South African coin in his pocket. Then a third death occurs, that of local businessman Arthur Aston, who's found suffocated in a sandpit. Three unique cases with nothing to connect them or is there? Ambitious local copper Joe Gilmour is determined to find out. His investigation leads him back in time to South Africa's Boer War. Good period ambiance, a rich cast of characters, and numerous plot twists make this mixture of period drama and police procedural a gripping and satisfying read.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This stately standalone from Eccles (After Clare) hinges on a long-buried secret from the Second Boer War. In rural 1927 Worcestershire, that conflict is nearly forgotten, although it's recalled in the late Osbert Rees-Talbot's unfinished memoirs. His grown daughter, Margaret, though stricken by the loss of her father, is planning her wedding to the Rev. Symon Scroope, who grew up on the nearby estate of Maxstead Court. The discovery of an unidentified man's body in the snow on Maxstead land results in the brief, unwanted attention of the police. The subsequent death of factory owner Arthur Anton, who was Rees-Talbot's batman during the Boer War, in the nearby village of Folbury brings Det. Insp. Herbert Reardon to town. The thoughtful, scarred Reardon eventually arrives at some answers, but flaccid characters and a slow-moving plot diminish the impact of these revelations. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
South African War, 1899-1902 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936 -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Publisher Sutton :Severn House,2013
Edition First world edition.
Language English
Description 220 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780727883223 (hbk.)
0727883224 (hbk.)
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