DI Rafferty faces two big problems. First, his girlfriend, Abra, is pregnant, and his ambivalence about becoming a father has angered her to the point of temporarily breaking off their relationship. The second problem seems easier to handle: elderly Clara Mortimer has been murdered in her retirement flat, and it's up to Rafferty and his sidekick, Sergeant Llewellyn, to find the killer. There are plenty of suspects: the angry daughter whose rebellion against her mother took the form of numerous illegitimate children; the estranged husband who's moved into the same block of flats; a would-be suitor whose amorous advances were firmly rejected by the haughty Clara. Rafferty's usually trustworthy instincts yield no clues, leaving him equally in the dark at the office and on the home front. American fans of British procedurals would be wise to get to know the Rafferty and Llewellyn series. Like its stars, it's reliable and consistently satisfying. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
'A spirited mix of detection, family drama and social commentary.'
'Another excellent spirited mix of detection and family drama with
plenty of suspects to muse over. It's another page-turner from Geraldine Evans
in my opinion the English crime writing queen herself.'
R C BRIDGESTOCK, AUTHORS OF THE
DI JACK DYLAN PROCEDURAL SERIES