Death at Charity's Point

Death at Charity's Point

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745197000
  • 9780745197005

Review Text

Despite some strained, iffy plotting: a promising debut for reluctant sleuth Brady Coyne, an obliging pet-lawyer for rich folks in the Boston area - like elderly, no-nonsense Florence Gresham, who insists that Brady look into the cliff-leap "suicide" of her son George. (Her other son, Win, was reported killed years ago in Vietnam.) Florence is convinced that mild-mannered prep-school teacher George was murdered; Brady is dubious. Still, he dutifully makes inquiries at The Ruggles School, where the contrived murder suspects include: George's hostile colleagues; a neo-Nazi student activist; football star Harvey, who plagiarized a paper (on Weatherman-type terrorists) for George's class. Brady also finds romance at the School - in the person of drama-teacher Rina Prescott (some extraneous sex). But the truth about George's death doesn't start surfacing till Mrs. Gresham becomes convinced that long-lost son Win is really still alive. And there's a stagey clifftop finale - as Brady unmasks a close-to-home culprit (paging Mary Astor yet again) and a shaky murder-motive linked to the past (cf. Jane Alpert, Kathy Boudin et al.). Fairly unsatisfying as murder-mystery, then - but lonely, divorced Brady is a likable hero; his narration is wry, understated, fast; and the Boston/North Shore backgrounds are neatly, engagingly sketched. (Kirkus Reviews)show more