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Something murderous is about to happen in Middle Bardolph. The sunny village seems as neat and proper as the orderly life of Mrs Newton, the grey-haired widow in an impeccably kept house. Yet a trifle more scrutiny will soon reveal a darker picture of this picture-postcard existence ...one where acts of greed and obsession are about to turn Mrs Newton's prim life upside-down. Unknown to Mrs Newton, an ex-convict and some unsavoury associates are as near as next door, her recently jilted grown daughter is going murderously mad with grief, and her middle-aged son is so desperate for his inheritance he just may try to collect it prematurely. Any of the above could endanger an elderly lady's life, but there is something more. A most sinister secret belongs to Mrs Newton herself - and the truth will come out with perhaps deadly results ...

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Margaret Yorke is frequently cited as as equal to P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. She is a past chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the author of over 50 novels.

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The lives of several families are loosely woven together. An elderly lady living alone becomes a target for burglary, and a young man trying to turn his life around becomes the suspect. The daughter she has never been able to love quite enough vents her frustration on a deserting boyfriend and his lover. As each layer is stripped away, we discover a dreadful secret hidden in the past. June Barrie has a mature voice, calm and smooth. The restrained tone she takes with these characters fits well with the flavor of the story, which is well padded with domestic trifles. The violence, when it comes, seems that much more shocking. Barrie handles each character with a no-nonsense, stiff tone yet still manages to make even the unlikable ones come alive. D.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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