Embroidering Shrouds (Joanna Piercy Series #6)

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A spate of robberies targeting elderly women has shocked the normally sedate town of Leek to its core. And now it appears that the robbers have moved on to murder. At the eerily named Spite Hall, the body of Nancy Lawrence has been found bludgeoned to death, lying over the tapestry she was in the process of embroidering. When Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy begins her investigation she is surprised to find that the victim's next door neighbor is Nan's brother with whom Nan has not spoken in years. With the aid ...
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A spate of robberies targeting elderly women has shocked the normally sedate town of Leek to its core. And now it appears that the robbers have moved on to murder. At the eerily named Spite Hall, the body of Nancy Lawrence has been found bludgeoned to death, lying over the tapestry she was in the process of embroidering. When Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy begins her investigation she is surprised to find that the victim's next door neighbor is Nan's brother with whom Nan has not spoken in years. With the aid of her colleagues, Joanna unravels a mystery - the tangled threads of which are rooted years in the past.
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The sixth book in Masters's Joanna Piercy mystery series (Winding Up the Serpent, etc.) is as subdued as its small-town setting and contemplative heroine, but readers more intrigued by police procedure than pulse-racing suspense will delight in piecing this puzzle together. Detective Inspector Joanna and her partner, Mike Korpanski, find themselves delving into closely held family secrets when they are called upon to investigate the killing of Nan Lawrence, who was attacked while stitching a tapestry for her local church. Nan's murder is the worst in a recent spate of crimes perpetuated against the elderly ladies of Leek, England, and the malicious deeds have Joanna and Mike flummoxed. A gang of youths has been blamed for the incidents, but are they responsible for the murder as well? While Joanna and Mike dig into Nan's past and investigate her estranged family, they attempt to sort out their own domestic dilemmas, which adds dimension to this methodical mystery. Although much of the action occurs off-stage, Joanna's strong, independent personality drives the story and will carry readers to the novel's sober yet satisfying denouement. (Oct. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780708946947
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Joanna Piercy Series
  • Pages: 360

Meet the Author

Priscilla Masters was born in Halifax and is one of seven adopted children. The family moved to South Wales where she lived until she was sixteen when she went to Birmingham to work and then to train as a nurse. She is married to a GP and now lives in Shropshire. She works part-time as a nurse.
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