Festering Lilies

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Willow King, Assistant Secretary (Finance), is noted for her formidably enquiring mind. Though an enquiry is the last thing she could wish for. Especially if daunting ex-SAS Inspector Worth uncovers her figment of an alibi and ...

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Overview

The Department of Old Age Pensions is not noted for drama. Nor for scandal, corruption or even the odd leak to the tabloids. Not until Algernon Endlesham, its high-flying Minister, is brutally bludgeoned to death.

Willow King, Assistant Secretary (Finance), is noted for her formidably enquiring mind. Though an enquiry is the last thing she could wish for. Especially if daunting ex-SAS Inspector Worth uncovers her figment of an alibi and well-kept secret.

Disconcertingly for Willow, however, someone has a very violent means of silencing the curious . . .

'A smart plot with some clever twists' Oxford Times

'Festering Lilies is witty and elegant. It is a pleasure to light on a new talent' The Bookseller

'Instead of the physical violence in which heroes of thrillers usually engage, Willow proves her superiority by verbal decimation . . . as she effortlessly trumps male condescension' Observer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coolly efficient Willow King leads a double life. From Tuesday through Thursday, she's a bespectacled civil servant at London's Department of Old Age Pensions. For the rest of the week, she's the chic, immensely successful romance novelist Cressida Woodruffe (complete with lover). But as quickly as the minister in charge of DOAP is dispatched with a few blows to the head, and before the culprit has been apprehended (largely through Willow's own efforts), her orderly existence and prized self-sufficiency, painstakingly earned and protected, come perilously close to an end. In order to guard her secrets, Willow eschews police protection and sets off to find Algernon Endelsham's killer before she herself can be unmasked. Her belief in her invulnerability is shaken first by a threat of violence, then by vandalism of her flat. Sexual passion further erodes the barricades, leaving her unsure for the first time in her life. Willow is formidable and off-putting; her alter ego Cressida is no less remote. Thus the psychological metamorphosis in this otherwise mild mystery becomes pleasurably captivating. British and a recipient of the Tony Godwin Award, the pseudonymous Cooper has published three books under her own name, Daphne Wright. This is her first mystery. (Jan.)
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Only one person knows that civil servant Wilhelmina ``Willow'' King, the rather dowdy, 38, and very clever lady who works part-time for the Department of Old Age Pension, leads quite a separate life as a coolly elegant and successful romance novelist. Investigation into the beating death of Willow's dashing boss on London's Clapham Common threatens to expose Willow's duplicity, so she decides to unmask the killer herself. Cooper handles Willow's dual roles most admirably; the conceit allows a nice dichotomy between two ways of life, two sets of characters, and two periods of time. Finely constructed and well orchestrated, and set off with careful, refined prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708924587
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1991
  • Series: Willow King Mystery Series
  • Pages: 451

Meet the Author

Natasha Cooper lives in London and writes for a variety of newspapers and journals.She was Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association in 2000/01 and regularly speaks at crime-writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.N. J. is the author of the Trish Maguire series and has also written psychological suspense novels as Clare Layton.
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