Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight's free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude's property developer friend Barney Willingdon. Read more...
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Carole Seddon has never enjoyed holidays much. Nevertheless, she has allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Jude to accept a fortnight's free accommodation at a luxurious Turkish villa owned by Jude's property developer friend Barney Willingdon. But from the outset the holiday is marred by a series of menacing incidents: threatening messages daubed on the villa walls; and their host being accosted by a knife-wielding man at a local restaurant. As Carole and Jude launch into what they do best - investigating - it becomes clear that Barney Willingdon has made plenty of enemies, with his ruthless business deals and complicated love life. Matters come to a head when Carole's sightseeing trip to nearby Pinara is curtailed by the discovery of a body in one of the ancient Lycian tombs. And what really did happen to Barney's first wife, Zoe?
- ISBN-13: 9781780290690
- ISBN-10: 1780290691
- Publisher: Creme de La Crime
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 192
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Fethering Mystery
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Brett’s lighthearted, fast-moving 16th Fethering whodunit (after 2014’s The Strangling on the Stage) takes Carole Seddon and her free-spirited friend, Jude Nichol, to Turkey, where an old flame of Jude’s, property developer Barney Willingdon, has offered Jude free use of a villa called Morning Glory. Carole, a stick-in-the-mud prone to falling into a “state of perpetual shudder” in unfamiliar situations, reluctantly agrees to go along. On their arrival at Morning Glory, they’re greeted by blood-red graffiti stating that they aren’t welcome and should remember what happened to Barney’s first wife, who died under ambiguous circumstances. Shortly after this warning, a modern body turns up in an ancient tomb. Carole and Jude subsequently discover that Barney has made lots of enemies between his shady business deals and erratic romantic life. The comic interactions between the chalk-and-cheese pair of amateur sleuths more than compensate for a less-than-compelling mystery. (Mar.)