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It’s with mixed motives that Karen Slocombe’s cousin Penn pays her a visit one summer Sunday. Not only does Penn want to renew contact with a relative not seen since childhood, but she is also looking for help with the disappearance of Justine, another cousin. Drew Slocombe’s reputation for unraveling such mysteries is widespread and Penn hopes he and Karen can be of assistance. Justine’s mother, Roman Millan, an avid beekeeper, claims to be unconcerned at her daughter’s disappearance. Roma’s husband, Laurie, however, believes otherwise, although he is not aware of the tangle of family secrets that led to a five-year estrangement between Roma and Justine.
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Rebecca Tope is the author of two major amateur sleuth murder mystery series, featuring Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. She is also the "ghost writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.From Publishers Weekly:
British author Tope’s two series detectives, Det. Sgt. Den Cooper and amateur sleuth/"alternative undertaker" Drew Slocombe, join forces in her fifth mystery (after 2003’s A Death to Record), a dark, unsettling cozy set in rural East Devon. When Drew and his wife, Karen, entertain Karen’s cousin Penn Strabinski for an afternoon, they learn that Penn has come to seek Drew’s help in finding another cousin, Justine Pereira, who has gone missing. Justine had been living on what was a working farm until mad cow disease forced the slaughter of the livestock. With the help of his irreverent assistant, Maggs, and the hard-luck detective sergeant (just back from a disastrous fortnight’s holiday on Corfu), Drew unravels a complex tangle of hidden secrets and murder. Readers drawn by the placid swath of green English countryside on the jacket should be prepared for a challenging plot and a host of psychologically wounded characters, including a cold and driven career woman, a devastated farmer and an unhappy housewife. A character list helps keep track of the complicated family relationships.
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