Cruel Habitations

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Overview

When Sophie Lilburn leaves London for the sleepy town of Westmead, so that her husband Chris can pursue his dream of singing in a cathedral choir, she knows that it will bring changes to her life. But she is not prepared for the claustrophobia of Quire Close, or the extent to which her career, her relationships, and even her marriage will be affected. She learns that eleven years earlier, a young girl was murdered in the Close. The girl was never identified, and her killer was never apprehended. Meanwhile, in the bleak East Anglian fens, Jacquie Darke sets forth on a quest to find her missing sister. It is a journey that will lead her to heartbreak, self-knowledge, and danger. A killer has struck once. Will he strike again?
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With her rich cast of well-developed characters and eloquent prose, British author Charles (Strange Children; Unruly Passions; etc.) once again creates an absorbing mystery sure to appeal to traditional Anglophiles. Sophie and Chris Lilburn leave their London life for the cathedral town of Westmead, where Chris will teach history in the cathedral school and be lay clerk in the cathedral choir. Living in a rent-free house in Quire Close, two rows of stone medieval terraced houses, in the shadow of the majestic cathedral should be idyllic, but for Sophie it's anything but. Due to her inability to have a child, her loving relationship with Chris begins to deteriorate. Sophie has little in common with her neighbors, particularly the lecherous Leslie Clunch, retired verger, and the arrogant Elspeth Verey, widow of the prior dean and dictator of Westmead's social standards. Sophie finds her only distraction is contemplating the unsolved murder of an unidentified young woman who was killed in the town 11 years earlier. When Jacquie Darke arrives in Westmead in search of her long-missing sister, Alison, Sophie joins Jacquie in uncovering what lies behind the town's prim and proper fa ade. Cold rain, gallons of tea and eccentric characters generate a cozy Barbara Pym-like atmosphere, while caf latte, mobile phones and the problems of modernizing medieval houses root the story firmly in the present. This is for genteel readers who appreciate a hint of sex. Agent, Carol Heaton. (May 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316646222
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Charles lives in an overly large Victorian house with her husband and their Jack Russell terrier. Her favourite hobby is visiting churches. She has been chairman of the Crime Writers' Association.
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