Over My Dead Body

Over My Dead Body

by Claire Lorrimer
     
 

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A delightfully tranquil village seems a lovely place to live, but beware of seething resentments and violent passions waiting to erupt with dire consequences A typical English country lane: ten households forming a peaceful, if mundane community; it seemed the perfect environment for newlyweds lan and Migs Peters in which to raise their newborn son. A small

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A delightfully tranquil village seems a lovely place to live, but beware of seething resentments and violent passions waiting to erupt with dire consequences A typical English country lane: ten households forming a peaceful, if mundane community; it seemed the perfect environment for newlyweds lan and Migs Peters in which to raise their newborn son. A small dispute over the resurfacing and widening of their lane surely cannot cause too much discomfort in such an idyllic setting? But there are tensions and personal ambitions brewing beneath the surface, and history also has its place in such a firmly established community. Change comes at a price, particularly for certain members of the desirable Millers Lane ...

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Library Journal
A normally placid English community of some ten households on a dead-end lane experiences several frightening murders after residents decide to vote on improving their road. The "Road Meeting" threatens to destroy the neighborhood's unity, but no one immediately makes a connection to suspicious accidents that have terminated two crucial affirmative votes. Suspects include a financially strapped farmer, an eighty-ish spinster in charge of her dotty sister, a newly married couple with a gurgling baby, an attractive mystery writer, and the new wealthy owners of an old manor house. Nicely done psychological suspense, firmly in the cozy tradition. Lorrimer is also the author of some 60 romances. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Murder most foul along a Kentish lane that isn't even a village. Wealthy Keith and Jill Aymes have purchased the Manor House on Millers Lane in order to pour money into it; Ian and Migs Peters have taken half a semi-detached down the bridleway because it's what they can afford; retired legal secretary Evelyn Bateman stays on because it's a place where she can protect her dotty sister Daphne from crowds and prying eyes; dairy farmers Frank and Mary Dodd are still here because they can't bear to leave. Together with a successful mystery writer, the local vicar and his mate, a wheelchair-bound WWII flier and his caretaker/wife, and the domestics who share the Peters' semi-detached, they make up a quiet community, one now hotly divided over Keith Aymes's proposal to widen the road past the Manor House. The strong feelings expressed pro and con would be surprising enough, but evidently somebody's casting votes outside the meetings over which boring Rev. Hollywell presides. Soon it isn't only the local flora and fauna that are threatened by Aymes's plan; the torching of the Dodds' hay barn with their teenaged son inside is only the first act in a murderous counterplot. Lorrimer (The Faithful Heart, not reviewed, etc.) provides oodles of domestic detail but no suspense, psychological interest, or even sharp distinctions among her large, expendable cast. With so much deadwood on hand, you can see how the killer got tempted.

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ISBN-13:
9780727859853
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
05/30/2003
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.86(d)

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Lorrimer has travelled extensively around the world.

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