Three people die, in agony, each the victim of a different person. The police are convinced that there is no connection. Inspector Tom Worth disagrees. So does Willow King. Risking not only the secrets of her double identity, but also her own life, Willow races to unmask the serial killer before anyone else is murdered. From the dreariness of her part-time job in Clapham to the luxury and extravagance of her life in Belgravia, this most unusual female sleuth takes up the challenge and becomes involved in an exciting but near-fatal adventure. 'Willy and elegant . . . an excellent read' "Publishing News" 'A well written, consistently enjoyable English antidote to the sometimes over-muscular American fashion' Marcel Berlins, "The Times" (Bitter Herbs) 'Willow is a beguiling heroine' Francis Fyfield, "Evening Standard" (Bloody Roses)
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Natasha Cooper lives in London and writes for a variety of newspapers and journals.She was Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association in 2000/01 and regularly speaks at crime-writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.N. J. is the author of the Trish Maguire series and has also written psychological suspense novels as Clare Layton.From Publishers Weekly:
The second Willow King mystery by British author Cooper ( A Common Death ) is lightweight and wordy; clues unearthed all too slowly fall into place quickly and confusingly at the end. The puzzle takes a back seat to exhaustive descriptions of Willow's psychological handicaps, which constrict her relationship with partner and lover Chief Inspector Tom Worth. Some years earlier, emotionally repressed civil servant Willow created an alter ego: wealthy, hedonistic Cressida Woodruffe. From Thursday evening to Tuesday morning, "Cressida" writes successful romance novels in a swanky Belgravia flat; then she takes a bus to drab Clapham to resume her existence as Willow. Sandwiched between overlong passages about the transitions between her two lives are bits of plot: Tom asks for her help in proving that several poisonings are linked and in tracking down the killer. As Willow investigates, her two identities begin to merge, threatening her tenuous control over her feelings. Her interviews with suspects lack suspense, and the thickening plot makes leaps of logic that barely explain the murders.
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Book Description Pocket Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110671853538
Book Description Pocket Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0671853538