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When a car is found abandoned near the well-protected property of local recluse Alice Meddlar and her simpleton son, Robby, the local residents smell foul play, and Chief Superintendent Henry Bassett steps in to investigate.
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Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Bassett (Wreath of Honesty, Screaming Bones) again chats up the neighbors, the shopkeepers, the regulars at the pub, the busybodies and the recluses as he tries to reason out why someone is trying to frame the antisocial Alice and her simpleton son Robby for the murder of social worker Philip Read--whose abandoned car was found in a lay- by near their property and whose body was tidily buried right on it. And why, after all these years, is the awful truth about Robby's dad (a murderer, the rumor has it) suddenly surfacing? As Bassett gently pokes and prods Bletch Heath village newcomer Kathy McDonald, Read's social-worker widow Eileen, and concerned sisters Annette and Olivia, he discovers a vital clue at the Bring and Buy Sale and unravels a carefully composed alibi--to reveal yet another family secret and the name of the poor, unstable murderer. Genteel, cozy, but perhaps a shade too understated. In this third outing, widower Bassett, always engaging, is a trifle constrained by all that listening he has to do; next time, more action, please. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
When the body of a social worker is found in a woodland grave outside the village of Bletch Heath in Herefordshire, suspicion falls on irascible recluse Alice Meddlar and her strapping son, Robby, a shy "simon," or simpleton. Retired detective chief superintendent Henry Bassett considers other possible villains, including newcomers to Bletch Heath, widowed sisters Olivia Mulholland, a former social worker and beefy "born bossy boots," and Annette Gray, once a children's nanny. It takes placid, observant Bassett several days and a few "thinking pipes" to come up with a motive and identify the killer. Perhaps too English and too cozy for American readers, Burden's latest Bassett mystery, after Wreath of Honesty , sacrifices suspense for dense local diction and color.
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Book Description Ulverscroft Large Print, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0750503688