Late of This Parish (A Gil Mayo Mystery)

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The Reverend Cecil Willard was not one of those born to be loved. A scholarly and austere man, former headmaster of the local boys' school, his stern moral principles and die-hard opinions never endeared him either to those close to him or to his neighbors in the village of Castle Wyvering where he lived and worked. Nevertheless, the discovery of his murdered body at the foot of the altar steps in the church shocked the whole community. Situated at the outskirts of the Lavenstock Division, tiny Castle Wyvering ...
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The Reverend Cecil Willard was not one of those born to be loved. A scholarly and austere man, former headmaster of the local boys' school, his stern moral principles and die-hard opinions never endeared him either to those close to him or to his neighbors in the village of Castle Wyvering where he lived and worked. Nevertheless, the discovery of his murdered body at the foot of the altar steps in the church shocked the whole community. Situated at the outskirts of the Lavenstock Division, tiny Castle Wyvering and its inhabitants are unfamiliar to Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo and his support team. However, Mayo soon learns that there are plenty of people in Castle Wyvering who had cause to resent the old man, including his own long-suffering daughter - but who would want to kill him, and why? Does his death have anything to do with the power struggle for the headmaster's position at the school, or with the shooting of three badgers in a neighbor's garden? And who is the mysterious Sara mentioned in Willard's diary? The answers, and the final solution to the murder, only become apparent after Mayo's far-reaching inquiries, and not before the killer has struck once more.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The passions simmering behind the solid facades of a small English town and a respected boys' school lead to murder in Detective Chief Inspector Gil Mayo's fourth case (following More Deaths Than One ). Elderly, opinionated and rigidly moralistic, the Rev. Cecil Willard is found smothered to death with a sacramental pillow in St. Kenelm's church in Wyvering. Not a beloved man in the prime of his life, the former head of Uplands House School had become increasingly cantankerous with age and illness, though he retained the power to help choose his successor's successor. Prime suspects in the murder are the two main candidates for that spot: a former suitor of Willard's daughter Laura and the divorced man she hoped to marry, over her father's violent objections. Other suspects include the local vicar's animal-loving wife, who considered Willard responsible for shooting some lawn-destroying badgers, and a gardener, a local light-fingered troublemaker. A bomb by animal-rights activists at a local research foundation and obstructive behavior by some of the suspects' families complicate Mayo's case. Eccles's latest outstanding procedural is marked by her keen perceptions into human relationships. (May)
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From the author of More Deaths Than One ( LJ 5/1/91), this Inspector Mayo novel finds him investigating the shocking murder of an opinionated and unloved clergyman in the village of Castle Wyvering. Even the victim's daughter is suspect. For British procedural fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312110192
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Gil Mayo Mystery Series , #5
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 224

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