J M Gregson To Kill a Wife

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To Kill a Wife

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It is a will-known fact that most murder victims know their murderers -- usually very well. So when Verna Hume is found strangled in her own home the police immediately turn to her husband, and when it becomes apparent that the couple did not get on, they arrest him.

But one man is unconvinced. Detective Inspector Peach finds it hard to believe that the mild-mannered Martin Hume is capable of killing anyone, and sets out to prove it. With the investigation reopened, it soon becomes evident that Verna Hume had a talent for making people dislike her and was universally loathed, especially by her close family and friends. Now, Peach is faced with six suspects, all with motives, all with the opportunity and all with something to hide...

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Gregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.

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Verna Hume is the kind of woman who's not above stealing their joint employment agency from her trusting partner, blackmailing her father for a long-buried secret, and carrying on two adulterous affairs at once. So when her husband Martin, whose only offense is falling for Verna's divorced sister Sue Thompson, decides to add to his guilt by plotting her murder, it's no great surprise when somebody beats him to the punch, smothering Verna with one of her bed pillows. One of the lovers she may have been expecting that night? The father she was bleeding or his long-suffering second wife? The former partner she betrayed? The sister she'd taunted about her romance with Martin? Or Martin himself, despite the alibi that causes the Brunton CID to release him with red faces shortly after blustering Chief Superintendent T.B. (``Tommy'') Tucker has him picked up? Inspector Denis (``Percy'') Peach would much rather be baiting his boss than hunting the killerand no wonder, since he does the former much more memorably than the latterbut after several rounds of squeezing the half-dozen suspects dry of their obligatory secrets, the cheese is left standing alone. A highly competent but bloodless performance from Gregson (Girl Gone Missing, 1998, not reviewed), notable mostly for its police hero's unusually outspoken, and unpunished, impertinence to his boss. -- Copyright 1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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