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Just as Ellie Quicke is beginning to come to terms with life as a widow, poison pen letters start to spread through the parish. The first targets are their much-loved vicar - who is dramatically transferred to another church under a cloud of suspicion - and their feeble little organist. When poor Nora goes to pieces under the strain of persecution, Ellie is asked to help out.
Ellie reluctantly intervenes while valiantly trying to cope with her own family crisis. Her rapacious daughter Diana threatens to move back home while wealthy Aunt Drusilla becomes ever more demanding. To complicate life further, Ellie gains two suitors, one of whom may not be all he appears to be.
The poisonous letters keep on coming, and now their targets include Ellie herself. Perhaps there is more than one crafty hand at work? The police are no help, even when one victim is driven to suicide. Ellie soon discovers that the poison spread by the letters can be fatal to anyone who receives them.
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Veronica Heley is the author of Murder at the Altar and many other books. She has published with Corgi and Frances Lincoln, amongst others.From Publishers Weekly:
Cozy fans who enjoyed Ellie Quicke's debut, Murder at the Altar (2000), will welcome the appealing middle-aged sleuth's second, even stronger outing from British author Heley. Widowed Ellie is just starting to recover from the recent death of her beloved if domineering husband, Frank. Returning to her village after a three-week stay at her daughter's in London, she learns that poison-pen letters pointing to scandal at St. Thomas's Rectory have led to the reassignment of her dear friend and vicar, the Reverend Gilbert Adams, and the emotional breakdown of the fey Nora, the church organist. Ellie agrees to help try to find out who's behind the letters. One evening, Ellie investigates a light in the church, a view nicely depicted on the novel's atmospheric dust jacket, and witnesses a "suicide" that she alone considers to be murder. Dismissed by the local police, Ellie puts her own life at risk to seek the truth. Our smart and determined heroine must also deal with her late husband's imperious aunt Drusilla; her spoiled, self-centered daughter, Diana; and a new man in her life, the suspiciously smooth Roy Bartrick ("There's something too devil-may-care about him," asserts a neighbor). Minor characters introduced in the first book, like the inimitable Mrs. Dawes, take on new depth. Readers will cheer as Ellie takes charge after a lifetime of deferring to the wishes and wants of others. Anglophiles will relish the loving descriptions of those parts of London that make the great metropolis seem like a quaint village.
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