In the heart of the leafy Cotswolds a body is found. A teenage girl, probably local, somebody's daughter who went out one evening and didn't come back. It is not long before she is identified: fifteen-year-old Lynne Wills who habitually drank underage in 'The Silver Bells' pub and, one the night of her death, was seen leaving with an unknown man. Chief Inspector Markby's friend Meredith Mitchell has been befriended by another troubled young local girl, Katie Conway. On the surface Lynne and Katie have nothing in common except their age and home town. But could the insights Katie gives Meredith into her difficult family background - an unstable, aristocratic mother, a doting father at the end of his tether, and a scheming resident secretary - throw some light on the other young girl? And, given that forensic evidence now points to Lynne Wills's murder having taken place in the Devaux family mausoleum, on her murder too ...?
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Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire.From Publishers Weekly:
Granger's deft plotting and elegant descriptive prose are in full play in the latest case featuring Inspector Alan Markby and his beloved Meredith Mitchell, a diplomat with the Foreign Office. Missing, however, are her delicate comic touch and her endearing eccentric secondary characters. When two young girls are brutally slain in the English market town of Bamford, Alan hopes to keep Meredith safely detached from the investigation. But both her recent speech about her career to the parish youth group and her quest for an antique Welsh dresser lead to entanglement in the lethal puzzle. Granger sets and meets a series of narrative challenges in her sixth mystery, following a daring plot with three (maybe four) murders, multiple killers, some deaths left unresolved and one victim a youngster for whom readers have developed sympathy. Despite the achievements here, readers may still miss such elements (from Murder Among Us) as the Alice Batt Rest Home for Horses and Donkeys and the members of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Bamford.
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