Fiction Marjorie Eccles The Company She Kept

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The Company She Kept

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When the half-dressed body of Angie Robinson is found strangled on a lonely moorland road, it seems that her murder is the result of a meaningless and unprovoked sex attack. But there are too many apparently unrelated elements in the case for DC Gil Mayo to be satisfied with that explanation. It is not until another body is discovered that Mayo is able to arrive at a bizarre and unexplained solution...

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In his fifth case (following Late of This Parish, 1994), British Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo explores questions of moral, ethical and intellectual responsibility. A cryptic, anonymous letter intimating at evil doings in the past, including murder, arrives at Mayo's CID room shortly before the body of a strangled woman is found on the moor. As Mayo investigates, readers learn of a 1978 gathering at a remote country house called Flowerdew. Owned by Kitty Wilbraham, the elderly widow of a prominent archeologist, Flowerdew was at the center of a group of young people: Kitty's secretary; a handyman; Kitty's doctor, Madeleine Freeman, and Madeleine's lifelong friend, Angie Robinson; a young man about to go up to Oxford; and the daughter of one of Professor Wilbraham's colleagues. All seemed happy together until a sudden violent death one night dispersed them. The silence they agreed at that time to maintain is ended when the Oxford student, now a businessman, receives a manuscript of a novel depicting that night's events, which are also referred to in the letter to the police. Then the dead woman is identified as Angie Robinson. Mayo and readers piece together gradually revealed bits of information connecting both murders. Rich with complex characters and insights, this tale offers the added pleasure of Mayo's new sergeant, Abigail Moon, an intelligent, attractive young woman who knows the value of humor and common sense.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Fourteen years after a fateful Ouija experiment among ancient archeologist Kitty Wilbraham's household, two more communications awaken unquiet spirits once again. The first, a manuscript entitled The Carthage Affair, sends Felix Darbell, the former gardener's helper once in love with Kitty's exquisite, indifferent new secretary Sophie Amhurst, into a panic, since it's obviously written by one of the few people who knows the whole story of his involvement in that night. The second, an anonymous letter that begins, ``The night she died Dido came,'' and concludes, ``She would not have died if she had stayed away from England,'' points more delphically back to the past--but far more definitely to the immediate future, when its author, Women's Hospital receptionist Angie Robinson, is found strangled in a lonely lay-by. Eccles juggles her parsimonious cast of suspects- -Kitty's former physician Dr. Madeleine Freeman, Angie's patron and only friend; smallholder Maryon Thomas, who bought his farm from Kitty; and the beauteous Sophie--so deftly that they seem to fill the whole world; you'll be hard-pressed to beat Chief Inspector Gil Mayo's forces to the punch in laying hands on the guilty party. Eccles's fourth (Late of This Parish, 1994, etc.) hops dexterously between the mysterious past and the violent present, though at some cost to the lightly sketched Lavenstock CID. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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