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Absolute Poison (Rafferty and Llewellyn Series #5)

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The fifth in the Rafferty and Llewellyn detective series Even if Barstaple was a particularly tyrannical office manager, did he really deserve to be poisoned? And isn't a decent police inquiry the least he deserves? But DI Rafferty has got other things on his mind . . . Bizarre, quirky and ingenious, Absolute Poison injects a dose of skull and crossbones into the office world of nine to five.

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Overview

The fifth in the Rafferty and Llewellyn detective series Even if Barstaple was a particularly tyrannical office manager, did he really deserve to be poisoned? And isn't a decent police inquiry the least he deserves? But DI Rafferty has got other things on his mind . . . Bizarre, quirky and ingenious, Absolute Poison injects a dose of skull and crossbones into the office world of nine to five.

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Publishers Weekly
In Geraldine Evans's Absolute Poison, the fifth Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery (after Dead Before Morning), the two detectives investigate the murder of a despised company manager, found poisoned at his desk. Then there's the problem of the suit of dubious provenance that Sergeant Llewellyn bought from Inspector Rafferty's mother. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn investigate the death by poison of a petty tyrant hired to reduce a small British company's work force. Owing to the man's nasty temperament and threats to the company by animal rights activists, there is no shortage of suspects. The pair focuses, however, on company employees, including one who curried favor, several who were psychologically or sexually harassed, and not a few who wish his murderer to go free. Heavy emphasis on police procedure then, a few clever plot twists, and an amusing subplot involving Llewellyn's upcoming marriage thrown in for good measure. A worthy purchase. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Inspector Joseph Rafferty's Ma told him it was all his fault; he should have gone into the building trades like his Da. If he had, not only could he have bypassed the grisly murder of Clive Barstaple, a consultant sent by Alistair Plumley, owner of Watts and Cutley, to "rationalize" Aimhurst and Son, their newest corporate acquisition; but he wouldn't have to figure out how to prevent his partner, righteous Welshman Dafyd Llewellyn, from wearing the back-of-a-truck bargain suit Ma Rafferty sold him for his wedding to Rafferty's cousin Maureen. One look at that suit, and Superintendent Bradley-no fan of Rafferty's to begin with-will likely shop Rafferty, and Llewellyn, and Ma for receiving. Still, a brief stretch in stir might be a welcome respite from the hearing the carnage Barstaple produced at Aimhurst, where he terrorized longtime employees like Bob Harris and Marian Steadman with the threat of redundancy, sexually harassed single-mom receptionist Linda Luscombe, encouraged weak-willed Amy Glossup to spy on her co-workers, and taunted developmentally delayed Eric Penn by calling him a moron. Interviewing smarmy Ross Arnold, owner of the fly-by-night service that sent Penn, along with Ada Collins, Dot Flowers, and illegal alien Mrs. Chakraburty to clean Aimhurst's offices, further imperils Rafferty's digestion. Still, as Llewellyn sternly reminds him, no one is exempt from the law, so Rafferty strives gamely to discover who put andromedotoxin in Barstaple's strawberry yogurt as the dodgy-suit day of reckoning draws nearer. Their fifth outing takes Rafferty and Llewellyn (Dead Before Morning, 1994, etc.) over familiar yet satisfying ground.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727873798
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Rafferty and Llewellyn Series , #5
  • Edition description: Large type
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Evans has had a variety of jobs and spent several years helping to run a vehicle-repair workshop. There she tackled tax returns, the intricacies of which she believes were an excellent apprenticeship for the brain-teasing work necessary in writing a whodunnit.

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