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Titel: Candles for the Dead
Verlag: Constable 1999
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
New unread first edition hardback. Some slight shelf wear to dust jacket and yellowing to edges of pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A111505
Inhaltsangabe: There are numerous suspects who might have k illed Beth Smallwood but for Chief Inspector Paget there is very little hard evidence. His investigations are further ha mpered by the anniversary of his wife''s death and the return of an old flame. '
Rezension: Detective Chief Inspector Neil Paget returns for a third tale of murder in rural England. In Candles for The Dead, Bank worker Beth Smallwood is found battered to death with a candlestick at a church altar. Paget's investigation reveals a number of suspects, all with the motive and the means: her son Lenny, for whom she had been embezzling money; Beth's boss, Mr Gresham, who brutally raped her prior to her death; and Harry Beecham, the colleague made redundant by Beth's promotion. Current vogue with this genre is to have the detective be a maelstrom of emotional crises and neuroses, with the mystery taking a back seat. So, it is vastly refreshing to have Frank Smith present us with a good old-fashioned labyrinthine whodunit. True, Paget has to deal with the anniversary of his wife's death and the re-emergence of an old flame, but they never intrude on his no-nonsense approach to the crime. Smith gives us plenty of twists before the final curtain and never lets up on the pace. This may be a by-the-numbers affair, but sometimes that's all you want. Smith delivers a competent tale of the British procedural and certainly one that will appeal from the rabid crime fan to the casual reader. -- Danny Graydon
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