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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 074519107X
  • 9780745191072

Review Text

A meandering, fuzzy outing for London private-eye Anna Lee (an edgy employee at Briefly Security), whose assignment this time is to track down con-man Edward Marshall: according to Anna's prim client, Marshall recently disappeared. . . after getting away with money supposedly borrowed to set up a jointly owned furniture shop. So Anna stakes out Marshall's last reported neighborhood: no luck, but a few engaging vignettes with Marshall's tart wife and other seedy types. Then, having learned that Marshall was last seen headed for the rounds of antique-furniture sales, Anna visits a few rural auction-centers - winding up at the Mendip Hills hotel, where Marshall was well-known indeed. . . as "furniture dealer, fraud, poacher, husband, con and lech." And, not too surprisingly, Anna soon stumbles on a corpse in nearby woods - Marshall's, of course, though how he wound up there will only be explained (unsatisfyingly) after some attacks on Anna and much hemming-and-hawing. Very weak as mystery, then - but Anna (Dupe, Bad Company) has a couple of amusing encounters with rural folks (including a horse); she has a not-so-amusing romance with a vacationing entrepreneur (married); and such character-touches may be enough to keep some readers gently, pertly engaged. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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40 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 18% (7)
4 32% (13)
3 42% (17)
2 5% (2)
1 2% (1)
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