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As the guests assemble at American painter Hurley Reed's London dinner party, they wonder about the lateness of Hilda Damien, who at the moment is being murdered. By the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Reprint.
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Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver’s Seat, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.From Library Journal:
Despite the title, no meeting of minds takes place in Spark's astringent new novel. There is, however, a smart London dinner party at which the threads of her narrative simultaneously come together and unravel. Guests of honor are Hilda's son William and his louche bride Margaret, but Hilda herself, a rich widow with doubts about her new daughter-in-law, is inexplicably absent. When the police finally arrive with grim news, Margaret is aghast--"It shouldn't have been till Sunday!"--and the help are very anxious to leave. Nothing is what it seems in Spark's world, and her treatment is so fast and furious that readers new to her work may not know what hit them. A delight, but mainly for fans. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 8/90.
- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Ind.
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Book Description U.S / Avon Books, 1992. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A paperback in fine condition. (192 pages). Seller Inventory # 1510
Book Description Avon Books (P), 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0380715538