Hope Against Hope: A Mystery Introducing Alison Hope and Nick Trevellyan

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When someone murders Aidan Hope in his hotel room, suspicion falls on his cousin Alison, a successful businesswoman who stood to inherit sole ownership of the family business, and who has no alibi. Reprint. LJ. PW.

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In a first mystery, England-based Kelly introduces Little Hopford village inspector Nick Trevellyan and the area's new resident--former Londoner, computer-whiz Alison Hope--who bickers mightily with her cousin and former Hope Softwear partner Aidan (she bought him out, she says) and becomes suspect #1 when Aidan is bashed to death in his room over the Bird-in-Hand pub. Increasingly tetchy and unpolicemanlike as he's drawn to Alison, Nick casts about for other suspects--and finds Ashcroft, argumentative publisher of the Valley Voice paper, the recipient of several anonymous letters; Aidan's estranged, embittered wife Judith; and Irish terrorist Gerard Doherty, who was following Aidan, hunting down the 20,000 pounds he scampered away with. Another murder occurs, and Alison is also almost dispatched, before Nick unravels a love-soured cui bono story. Kelly spends more time describing Alison's red hair and green eyes than defining her character, and the lovelorn Nick is unfortunately bland. First in a series, which needs more thought and charm to qualify as an engaging British cozy read. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

Businesswoman Alison Hope, having set up shop and residence in Little Hopford, England, promptly becomes the chief suspect in the murder of her partner in this lively debut mystery. The victim, a roue who had recently deserted his family, had attempted to extort money from Hope, learns investigating officer Detective Inspector Trevellyan, who becomes smitten with a beautiful and volatile young woman. As other suspects turn up, among them an IRA assassin, a penny-dreadful journalist, and a bookie with a penchant for brutalizing gamblers, Trevellyan believes he'll find the killer and reach romantic bliss. Unhappily, another slaying, for which Hope has motive and opportunity, forestalls his plans. Blinded by love, Trevellyan overlooks the most obvious suspect, making himself and Hope targets for murder. Kelly creates a spicy plot with strong characters and an old-fashioned love affair in this first of a projected series.
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