Another solid, stolid case-chronicle for intuitive Inspector Luke Thanet and his admiring Sergeant Lineham (Puppet for a Corpse)--this time investigating the murder of 15-year-old Charity Pritchard, whose parents belong to a cult called Children of Jerusalem. Thanet soon discovers that Charity's repressive, impossibly strict upbringing made her into a devious, blackmailing seductress. Furthermore, the autopsy reveals a recent abortion. And patient sleuthing uncovers Charity's sexual involvement with music teacher Leslie Mathews, her Uncle Jethro, and young pick-up David Williams--as Thanet's close study of character and background pays off once again. . . in the not-very-surprising denouement. Mildly absorbing, easy-to-take diversion--slightly sluggish (Simpson's narration is placid to a fault), but tugged along by the curious cult-history and the sympathetic treatment of Thanet's personal problems.