Books by E.X. Giroux

Released: Nov. 18, 1993

Giroux turns her attention from a series of cases involving London lawyer Robert Forsythe (A Death for a Dodo, etc.) to a story about Karen Dancer, a young widow who has returned, with eight- year-old daughter Jamie, to her hometown of Hampstead, Ontario. She hopes to gain strength for her just-achieved New York job and to build up Jamie after a severe case of measles. But moving into the huge old house willed to her years before, in which her cousins Ashley (the town's mayor) and Sybil are living, Karen soon discovers there is no peace to be had in Hampstead. An offer has been made to buy her house and farmland for the site of a nuclear plant, and the town is up in arms. Meanwhile, Karen and Jamie are the targets of verbal and physical harassment that becomes ever more vicious. There's support from: Mac, the family's longtime cook and housekeeper; Dr. Jim Miles, an old flame; Cal Trent, an engineer for the developers; aged Uncle Alfred, and various friends from high-school days—but the attacks steadily escalate, leaving a trail of bodies, until Karen, in a deadly confrontation, uncovers motive and murderer. A fine sense of menace at the start is dissipated as the plotting grows more unbelievable, none of it helped by stock characters and wooden romancing. Spottily intriguing, but the author does better with her British hero. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

Barrister-sleuth Robert Forsythe, sans faithful secretary Abigail Sanderson (A Death for a Dancing Doll, 1991, etc.), is recuperating from knee surgery in the lush Damien Day rest home—a hospital for the sick, addicted, or obese rich enough to afford it. Also in residence are much-married cosmetics-queen Kate Kapiche, famed artist Harry Oglethorpe, and businessman John Josephson. On the staff, meanwhile, is Gareth Owen, whose tyrannical father and three sisters were murdered by poison 17 years ago, when Oglethorpe owned an estate and summer cottages near the Owen farm. The killer was never found, and Kate feels her life—as well as those of others who rented the cottages, like Josephson's father—has been jinxed. She's convinced that Forsythe could help solve the mystery. Further plot contrivance brings others, including Kate's stepdaughter Meg, to the hospital, and before long Damien Day becomes a killing ground—in the midst of a raging snowstorm yet! Purplish prose and stagy characters—all endowed with total recall in an elaborately manufactured, totally unconvincing story. A downer for this usually satisfying author. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 1991

London's intuitive lawyer-sleuth Robert Forsythe and his not- so-young but crisply efficient secretary Abigail Sanderson (Death of a Doctor, etc.) are vacationing in Vancouver, where Forsythe's been asked by a friend to talk to 70-ish Rebecca Holly. A frail widow, still shaken by the suicide of her ballet dancer granddaughter Thalia, Rebecca has already lost two sons—Thalia's father Reggie, and Kenneth, whose widow Harriet controls the bulk of the huge family fortune and has since married handsome, years- younger Dmitri Pulos. Rebecca is convinced that Thalia was no suicide, even though the girl blamed herself for the accidental death of seven-year-old Iona, daughter of Harriet and Dmitri. Circumstances lead Forsythe to wash his hands of Rebecca's problems, but her death in the course of what appeared to be a robbery creates a sense of guilt in Forsythe that causes him to investigate further—focusing on the Puloses'near-feudal estate and its coterie of easy-living hangers-on. Their dependence on Harriet's bounty provides a rich source of motives for murder, but answers tie in the past as well as the present. Lively, imaginative entertainment—one of this reliable writer's best. Read full book review >