ROOT OF ALL EVIL by E.X. Ferrars


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Professor Andrew Basnett, the rather bloodless hero of Something Wicked (p. 64), now accepts the Easter-weekend invitation of his distant, aged relative, wealthy Felicity Silvester--who's in acerbic good health, cared for by placidly competent Agnes Cavell and young manservant Ted Laycock. But the visit's serene somnolence is soon interrupted--by the murder of Felicity's onetime housekeeper Margot Weldon, her body found nearby. . . with a written confession to Felicity's murder in her purse! Is Felicity indeed marked for homicide? Of course: she's found strangled the next morning--after having threatened to cut her son and grandchildren out of her will. Furthermore, servant Laycock is now missing; so are Felicity's diamonds, But it doesn't take Andrew long to uncover a family secret that leads to the murderer. . . while the police clear up assorted other crimes. A mildly intriguing plot--suffocated by bland and boring characters and a sleep-walking pace.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1984
Publisher: Doubleday