Marjorie Eccles More Deaths Than One

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More Deaths Than One

 
9780002323369: More Deaths Than One

When Rupert Fleming’s death is presented as a suicide, Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo is immediately suspicious

A freelance journalist, his corpse was found in his Porsche.

But his briefcase and portable typewriter had been taken.

The post-mortem examination reveals that Fleming had been drugged.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this was no suicide.

Delving deeper into Fleming's life, Detective Inspector Mayo grows increasingly puzzled.

The dead man lived several separate lives: he had one wife in town and another in the country, yet still found time to frequent the town's amateur theatre—a hotbed of jealousies and intrigues where nothing is quite what it seems.

Methodically unravelling the tangled threads of Fleming's flamboyant and deceitful life, Mayo discovers that the lives of some people closely connected with him were touched by the murdered man.

What does the sister of the woman he loves know about Fleming? And what about the policewoman involved with the theatrical troupe?

Before Mayo can sort out the pieces of this intricate puzzle, the murderer strikes again, and Mayo realizes he must act swiftly before someone he cares about becomes the killer's next victim...

More Deaths than One is an expertly-plotted crime thriller that will keep readers gripped from the first page to the final twist.

Praise for Marjorie Eccles

"This low-key murder mystery catches the flavor of life in a modern English small town...Eccles writes a pleasant and at times acerbically observant mystery." — Publishers Weekly

"...just enough chintz/old school ties/village fetes/ English eccentricities to entertain die-hard cozy readers." — Kirkus Reviews

"Pace and plot remain steadily engaging...A tidy package."— Library Journal

Marjorie Eccles lived for many years in the Midlands, where her crime novels are set. Her novels include An Accidental Shroud, Killing Me Softly, A Death of Distinction and A Species of Revenge.

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From Publishers Weekly:

When the ostensible suicide of journalist Rupert Fleming turns out to have been murder, British detective inspector Gil Mayo probes the lives of the victim's relatives and lovers. He learns that Fleming was disliked in his hometown; observes that his widow, a successful businesswoman, seems little affected by his death; notes that her father is jubilant; finds out that Fleming had stolen from one lover, the sister of a police sergeant. The only person who seems grieved is naive young Bryonyok Harper, with whom the victim occasionally lived. One trail leads to the local community theater, whose vanished director, Ashleigh Cockayne, was a partner of the deceased in the business of taking and selling pornographic photos of underage girls. The search for Cockayne, who has become the chief suspect, intensifies when the body of a young constable is fished out of the river beside the theater. A surprising development, however, turns Mayo in another direction. Eccles's ( Requiem for a Dove ) procedurals are superior specimens, with well-developed relationships among the police officers, and thorough details of the motivations and circumstances of the crimes they investigate.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo's fourth case (Requiem for a Dove, 1990, etc.) opens with a corpse in a Porsche whose face has been obliterated by a shotgun blast. The gun belonged to well-to-do septuagenarian John Culver, and the car to his son-in-law, Rupert Fleming, whom he hated. But the corpse, Mayo discovers, is really theater-director Ashleigh Cocayne, who, with Rupert, had a porno- picture sideline going. Now Rupert is on the lam, and no wonder: he killed a copper who'd come snooping; he killed his porn partner; and he stole from his father-in-law and then begged funds from his wife to provide for his other ``wife.'' Mayo's steadfast tracking of the elusive Rupert leads him through the village and environs to a set of neatly placed flagstones--and what's underneath them--for a dreary, all-too-telegraphed ending. So-so, but with ample cozy attributes--thanks mostly to that English village setting. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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