Corpse in Waitingby Margaret Duffy
The brand-new Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley mystery - Ingrid Langley and her husband and colleague Patrick Gillard, late of M15 and now working for the Serious and Organized Crime Agency, decide to holiday in Bath. It may be close to home, but they both badly need a break. The holiday proceeds sedately enough, but trouble - their old friend - is never far away. Ingrid tries not to feel jealous when they bump into Patrick's old flame, the beautiful Alexandra Nightingale, and he agrees to help her house-hunt. But when Ingrid joins them on a viewing, she makes a very gruesome discovery indeed . . .
A holiday in Bath designed as a little break from household routine plunges the vacationers into danger.
Ingrid Langley is recovering from childbirth, and her husband Patrick Gillard still isn't back to normal after being drugged in his last case for SOCA, the Serious Organized Crime Agency (Souvenirs of Murder, 2009, etc.). When they meet Alexandra Nightingale at the Roman Baths, she makes a dead run at Patrick. Much to Ingrid's dismay, he seems interested enough in his old flame to help her house-hunt. Ingrid's discovery of a run-down Bath residence that she and Alexandra both think has the potential to be the perfect town home would doubtless heighten the tension between them even without the decapitated corpse inside. The official investigation is in the hands of Patrick and Ingrid's pal DCI Carrick, but Patrick's untoward interest in Alexandra involves them in another case that might be right for SOCA. Alexandra claims to run an agency in London providing home help. Is it also providing cover for a group trafficking women? Uncertain about Patrick's true feelings for Alexandra, Ingrid continues to help him investigate the white slavers, who may be associated with the Mafia. Danger lurks on every side, but the intrepid duo never give up on any of the crimes.
Duffy continues her winning ways with this pleasing combination of James Bond thriller and police procedural, sometimes predictable but never boring.
Meet the Author
Margaret Duffy has worked for both the Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Defense. When not writing, Margaret works as a garden designer.
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