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Easeful Death Hardcover – May 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727859064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727859068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,630,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Police chief Maurice Kendrick is concerned about his niece Samantha, who is involved with a cult called The Bridge, whose quasi-religious message may camouflage a darker, deadlier purpose. Since the group has done nothing wrong, Kendrick can't launch an official investigation, so he calls on his friend, top-notch PI and mistress of disguises Phillida Moon. Enlisting the aid of her librarian friend Sally, Phillida moves into a derelict housing complex where some of The Bridge members live, transforming herself via wigs, padding, and prosthetic devices into Miss Emily Lubbock, a mousy spinster, with Sally posing as her gullible niece. The pair then wangle an invitation to one of The Bridge's meetings. At first, Phillida finds the group more bizarre and pathetic than sinister, but when two members commit suicide and the group's charismatic leader is murdered, she quickly changes her mind. This peculiar mix of British cozy and secret-agent thriller may puzzle some devotees to both camps, but taken on its own terms, the quirky story is oddly entertaining. Emily Melton
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By Damaskcat on December 14, 2013
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Maurice Kendrick’s sister Mary asks for his help in finding out whether her daughter, Samantha has got herself mixed up with an undesirable sect when she sees her handing out leaflets. As it isn’t really a police matter, Kendrick employs the services of the Peter Piper detective agency in the person of Phyllida Moon.

Phyllida herself recruits her librarian friend, Sally Hargreaves, to attend a meeting of The Bridge with her in the characters of aunt and niece. The soon find out a lot more about the group and what they find out is disturbing to say the least. When a member of the group apparently commits suicide the stakes suddenly become much higher.

Full of creepy characters and charismatic demagogues this is a disturbing study of how easily vulnerable people can be manipulated. I enjoyed reading it and found it difficult to work out who was the murderer. I thought the way the relationship between the police and the agency developed was very well done and I like the way all the series characters have matured during this series. The quality of the writing is excellent, the dialogue convincing and the characters well drawn.

If you like your mysteries with an interesting background and without too much violence or bad language then try this series. All the books can be read as standalone novels.
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