This is an absorbing, character driven novel that kept me satisfied as I followed the well developed plot.
The story begins with Tom Williamson, a friend of a friend of Superintendent Richard Jury, asking him to re-examine the death of Williamson's wife, Tess. Her death occurred seventeen-years ago but he's convinced it was murder even though it's officially listed as either suicide or an accident.
Jury takes on the challenge even though the case wasn't in his jurisdiction. He learns that Tess had a party for children five years prior to her death and that one of the children, a young girl, was killed. Jury thinks that the girl's death might be related to that of Tess.
We observe the children who attended the party and the author explains what these characters are now doing, seventeen years later.
Jury has a crowd of friends who become characters in the story. They serve as a idea sources for possible motives or suspects and also offer a break in the story so the reader can get a real feel for the English life and pace.
Melrose Plant is one of Jury's good friends. He helps in the investigation and even questions characters to help with the case.
At the Jack and Hammer pub, the crowd of characters meet and discuss the murder offering conjecture on the progress of the case.
Another death occurs and the victim is one of the former children from the party. Jury is sure that her death is connected. Jury also brings in the connection that this woman's body was found at the foot of a tower and Tess died in a fall down a flight of stairs.
The characters are well described as to their style of life. Many of the investigations occur over a cup of tea and some tasty treats. While enjoying the food, the characters discuss the case and answer questions.
I enjoyed the pace of the story and the well developed plot. Grimes does an excellent job in keeping the reader guessing as to who the killer might be and then she ties up the story bringing it all together in a nicely wrapped conclusion.
I received a free book for honest review.
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Mike Draper (mikedraper)
Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual. Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters. … more
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