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Nell Bray has dedicated herself to the woman's suffrage movement; it's her amateur sleuthing, though, that seems to be attracting the most attention. First, Nell unearthed the truth behind the mysterious death of one of France's most notorious courtesans, and now comes a plea from her old friend Jenny Chesney.
World War I is at its height, and Jenny is hard at work at Nantgarrew military hospital, where Freudian analysis is a specialty. Her efforts are complicated by Mrs. Monica Minter, who is determined to express her disapproval of Freud's theories through petty acts of sabotage. But would Mrs. Minter resort to a pot-shot at one of the patients? It seems unlikely, but someone did.
Nell holds no truck with either Dr. Freud or Mrs. Minter. Neither does she approve of war, but attempted murder is another matter. So she heads for Nantgarrew - where she finds that mysterious behavior is a way of life. Mrs. Minter swoops down like lightning, bent on her schemes. One soldier keeps a handy box of grenades and revolvers under his bed. Another is determined to reach Moscow by bicycle. And the doctors in charge are far less interested in these odd goings-on than in their patients' dreams - be they of sausages or sex.
Nell's bafflement turns to horror when the would-be assassin's aim finally turns true. Nantgarrew - devoted to healing - becomes the site of a murder, and Nell Bray, indomitable and irrepressible, is determined to solve it.
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Gillian Linscott has been a journalist with the GUARDIAN and Parliamentary Correspondent with the BBC. Two Nell Bray novels have been dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and ABSENT FRIENDS was the winner of the CWA/Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.From Publishers Weekly:
Turn - of - the - century activist Nell Bray (introduced in Sister Beneath the Sheet ) turns from the suffrage movement to campaign against WW I in this exhilarating mystery. Her friend Jenny Chesney asks her to come to the small auxiliary hospital in Wales where Jenny works with Dr. Julius Stroud, who is using Sigmund Freud's new techniques to help soldiers suffering from shell shock. Jenny wants Nell to help stop the efforts of rabid war supporter Monica Minter, who believes the hospital should be closed and its "coddled" patients sent back to the front. When Nell arrives she speculates about a shot that was fired into the room occupied by two soldiers, hitting neither one. Then she finds the body of one of the men, shot through the head and draped over the barbed-wire fence surrounding the hospital. While Stroud deems the death a suicide, Nell disagrees, and tries to determine the truth despite the doctor's wish to avoid notoriety, which might lead to the hospital's closing. A harrowing drive in an automobile takes plucky Nell to a final confrontation in a quarry. Linscott deftly combines period detail and psychological elements in a suspenseful plot.
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Book Description Thorndike Pr, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110786203099
Book Description Thorndike Pr, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0786203099
Book Description Thorndike Pr, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786203099