Embroidering Shrouds

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Joanna bent down to peer at the work, neatly done, evenly stitched in bright silk, and now spattered with blood. She read out the title: 'Massacre of the Innocent'.

A spate of robberies targeting old women is disturbing enough, especially in a town as peaceful as Leek. But then DI Joanna Piercy is called to the eerily-named Spite Hall, where the elderly Nan Lawrence has been found bludgeoned to death over the tapestry she was embroidering. Have the robbers turned from simple ...

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Overview

Joanna bent down to peer at the work, neatly done, evenly stitched in bright silk, and now spattered with blood. She read out the title: 'Massacre of the Innocent'.

A spate of robberies targeting old women is disturbing enough, especially in a town as peaceful as Leek. But then DI Joanna Piercy is called to the eerily-named Spite Hall, where the elderly Nan Lawrence has been found bludgeoned to death over the tapestry she was embroidering. Have the robbers turned from simple theft to murder? Joanna is surprised to find that Nan's near neighbours are her estranged brother and his grandson, neither of whom seems keen to co-operate. Slowly Joanna unravels a mystery - the tangled threads of which are rooted years in the past.

'A crime writer with a sure touch and the ability to shock.' - Peter Lovesey.

'Joanna's strong, independent personality drives the story and will carry readers to the novel's sober yet satisfying denouement.' - Publisher's Weekly.

The sixth of Telos Publishing's reissues of noted British crime author Priscilla Masters' Joanna Piercy mystery series

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Publishers Weekly
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845839048
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/18/2014
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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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