THINNER THAN BLOOD by Stella Shepherd


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 The third outing for Inspector Richard Montgomery, Nottinghamshire CID (Black Justice, Murderous Remedy--not reviewed), finds him fielding anonymous letters about the supposedly natural death (gastrointestinal hemorrhage) of ancient battle-ax Maude Witherspoon--unlamented by her put-upon daughter- in-law, her doctor son Neville, their adopted bad seed Martin, and their ``perfect'' daughter Deborah. Did the family want her dead to inherit, or did Mrs. Wedell Grant--who hoped Maud's new will in favor of the Ladies' Friendship Guild would cover up her own embezzling from it--hasten her on to the hereafter? Surprisingly, Martin confesses--but when Uncle George dies in their home of an asthmatic attack, Deborah flees the scene with the family cat, and then she, too, confesses. Montgomery, no slouch, presides at Maud's exhumation and discovers--murder, in the form of warfarin tablets. Whodunit? A tour around the village yields valuable information-- and the race is on to save Deborah before she falls victim to the killer. Archetypal cozy thriller, replete with family eccentrics, village gossips, and a determined constabulary. A treat for Anglophiles.

Pub Date: July 21st, 1992
ISBN: 0-385-42384-5
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1992


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