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In another finely crafted psychological thriller from British author Yorke (The Price of Guilt, etc.), recently widowed Charlotte Frost has been unceremoniously plucked by her stepson, Felix, from the family estate of White Lodge and ensconced in a lesser property at Number Five, Vicarage Fields. As Felix's marriage nears collapse along with his business interests, Felix's daughter Imogen leaves school and announces herself pregnant. Twin brother Nicholas assumes Imogen's only supporting role, while plans are made to saddle poor Charlotte with caring for the contentious teen. After Charlotte brings Imogen into Vicarage Fields, they both meet Captain Smythe, a charming elderly Navy retiree, who has recently nabbed a burglar in his home. By one of the seemingly incidental actions of Nicholas and Imogen, the burglar's former partner, Jerry, is soon employed by Charlotte and admired by Imogen. Then Imogen disappears from her room one night, and Charlotte foolishly decides to go looking for her alone and on foot. What happens to Charlotte sets the scene for the remainder of the story, in which the policemen of CID exhibit some distinctly odd attitudes. Although a very light mystery, the book is well weighted with superb plotting and in-depth personalities. This is a work of impressive quality in the genteel English tradition, though one would never know it from the murky jacket art of a teenage boy wielding a shovel. (Dec. 28)Association Cartier Diamond Dagger award.

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Charlotte Frost had been married to her second husband only two years when his sudden death finds her relocated to a new town (at the behest of her stepson). She feels invisible, knowing no one. When Jerry Hunt comes to her door - having served time, he has a license to sell door to door - Charlotte realizes that he is probably up to something and urges him to go straight. Actually inspired, he gets a job in a chip shop where he meets Charlotte's step-granddaughter whom the family has forced Charlotte to raise when she became pregnant and left school. Thus are set in motion a chain of events that will affect the lives of each in ways none can imagine. As in her other novels (e.g., The Price of Guilt), Yorke's story is about the ways in which chance can cause unexpected events - even tragedy - in the lives of those who seem least deserving of the consequences. Her characters are well drawn, and she brings the listener into the interior life of each. Celia Montague's reading is imbued with a reserved strength and an unerringly true emotional tone throughout; her voicing of dialects, gender, station, and age are always perfect. Recommended for fiction collections. -Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075400659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754006596
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,555,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Decker on April 6, 2004
Format: Library Binding
This is the fourth or fifth book I've read by Yorke, who is an absolute master at creating suspenseful situations out of the most unlikely materials -- for example, out of the rather low-key, ex-schoolteacher widow Charlotte Frost, who lives in a rather low-key bedroom community an hour out of London. Yorke's genius is in imagining the inner life of her rather commonplace heroines, and when this is done very well the outwardly dull person becomes quite interesting indeed. And unlike certain of her peers, Yorke doesn't try to make her heroines 100% loveable. A recurring theme in her work, and one that is the basis for this story, is the unintended consequences that any banal human act (or failure to act) can bring about. Hardly a new idea, but one which Yorke succeeds in bringing home without any of the glamorous trappings that a lesser author might use to lure her readers in. For this reason, she's closer to Balzac than to Crichton and the attention-deficited reader may not get the point. But Yorke proves nonetheless that suspense doesn't require the imminent end of the world to be effective; in the right hands, the most mundane events can become the material for a real page-turner.
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Format: Hardcover
Margaret Yorke writes a specific sort of mystery; contemporary, multi-voiced and always English, her writing is clear and painstaking, giving real life and sympathy to all her characters, not merely heroic or evil ones. This books is typical Yorke, in that she presents a family in disarray, a feckless criminal, and older people whose lives are not used up, but are disregarded in the modern rush.
I find that Margaret Yorke is one of the outstanding prose stylists working today; she is the utter antithesis of poetic writers who have nothing to write about. Yorke's books are not mysteries, but novels of contemporary English life which offer much to the reader.
She ought to be better known and more widely read.
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I have always liked Margaret Yorke's books, even though I haven't liked them all equally. When she's good, she's great; when she's not so good, she's about average. I would put this one in her "second tier," in that it's not one of her best, but it's also not one of her worst.

A CASE TO ANSWER is more "novel" than it is mystery, suspense, or thriller, and that's primarily because the plot is not intense. A young troubled woman comes to stay with her step-grandmother and meets up with a local teenager who's been on the wrong side of the law but is trying to clean up his act. As always, Yorke sets up the family dynamic well (yes, it seems that English families are just as dysfunctional as families everywhere else) and also chooses one or two characters to really explore. In this case, one of them is Charlotte Frost, who remarried after 20 years as a widow, only to find her husband dying after two years of marriage. Despite Charlotte's happy marriage and general aggreeableness, her late husband's children treat her as a burden and see her as standing in the way of their full inheritance.

There's a plot twist halfway through that won't surprise Yorke readers, as we know her tricks by now!

In a lot of ways, this book reminded me of P.D. James' INNOCENT BLOOD. It's an intense and absorbing read, but mostly "internal," without a lot of external action to drive the plot. So if you are looking for a crime novel set in the English countryside, with strong characters and strong, no-nonsense writing, I can recommend it. If you want a book with a stronger plot and more twists and turns, I'd try FALSE PRETENSES instead.

A word of warning: If you are new to Yorke, be sure to read up on some of the reviews on Amazon and other places to make sure you're getting one of her good ones. If you start with a less-good one (such as SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, which really is not good at all), you probably won't read more Yorke, and that would be a shame.
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Format: Kindle Edition
While not quite her equal in terms of dynamic prose, Margaret Yorke occupies the same general literary territory as Ruth Rendell, in three distinct ways: 1) she regularly tells stories about regular, everyday people, largely of the middle classes, who get caught up in some kind of situation that thrusts them down unexpected avenues, frustrations, and challenges, 2) she really takes you inside the heads of those characters, making her books much more novelistic and less about violent or "thrilling" incidents than the interior life of those everyday people, and 3) she has a straightforward, efficiently unadorned prose style, with a sense of calm objectivity rather than showy writing or meta-ironies or sarcasm or snarky humor. It is a relatively passive prose voice, as she describes matter-of-factly but sympathetically what motivates her characters.

I really enjoyed this novel as I eventually felt very invested in the characters. The plot, such as it is, unfolds very slowly, and yet we are gradually drawn into the story's sense of feeding out various threads which, as they intersect, weave a specific texture around these various slightly flawed but generally sympathetic characters that we've grown to care about.

Often her novels are imbued with a sense of potential hopelessness or a feeling of "no way out" for the main characters. This one is different somehow, slightly more upbeat and with enough "good people" in the cast to generate a bit of optimism more often than typically expected from this author. It has more to say about families and teenagers and familial tensions than it does about crime.
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