Sleeping Pretty

Sleeping Pretty

by William Paul
     
 

Edinburgh's Detective Chief Inspector David Fyfe is a middle-aged police detective with a fondness for the easy way out. So he can't refuse the opportunity to escape Edinburgh's usual urban confusion for a murder-suicide in a sleepy village in the Scottish Highlands, especially when he discovers that he'll be overseeing a case led by a young female detective inspector… See more details below

Overview

Edinburgh's Detective Chief Inspector David Fyfe is a middle-aged police detective with a fondness for the easy way out. So he can't refuse the opportunity to escape Edinburgh's usual urban confusion for a murder-suicide in a sleepy village in the Scottish Highlands, especially when he discovers that he'll be overseeing a case led by a young female detective inspector. He promises to give her - er, the case - his full attention. Unfortunately, peppered with false leads and a growing number of murder victims, the investigation gets more dangerous by the hour, forcing DCI Fyfe and DI McBain to put business before pleasure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A pretty young fortune-teller lies cold and dead on a rock in the middle of a Scottish loch, having foretold her fate in a magazine article. An older man besotted with her hangs from a rope in a nearby cottage. His widow falls into the arms of the dead woman's father, an undertaker who touches cold flesh and changes the features of a corpse. The editor of the magazine, who is the brother of the clairvoyant's lover, embarks on a vodka bender. The dead woman's estranged husband is caught `entertaining' when the Edinburgh police come to call. With agile dialogue, Paul unravels these tangled relationships in less than 200 pages, in the latest case for less than wholly moral Edinburgh DCI David Fyfe (Sleeping Dogs), who works here with the short-skirted, sexually demanding Moya McBain. Unfortunately, there's little room left for local color, or for a credible plot. This one starts with a half-boiled red herring and then jumps towards a conclusion that blurs into a stream of ailing bodies being rushed to the infirmary, where the bewildered Fyfe, with two black eyes, tries to keep a head and body count. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
The image of Edinburgh's citizenry as straitlaced gets a drubbing in Detective Chief Inspector David Fyfe's newest case (Sleeping Dogs, 1995, etc). It begins with the discovery of the strangled body of Laura Lambert, found dramatically draped on a rock in Loch Maree in the Highlands. Back at Laura's lakeside cottage, Inspector Moya McBain and Fyfe (called in by Superintendent Mark Ryder to help McBain with her first murder case) find another corpse—this one hanging from the rafters but not a suicide. The victim is soon identified as Ron Gilchrist, owner of Ethereal, an Edinburgh-based magazine for which Laura, a psychic and seer, wrote a popular column as the Princess of Prophecy. The mag's editor is alcoholic Eddie Illingworth, whose sister Norma really runs Ethereal. Laura was estranged from her lawyer husband Simon Wright, who's not only deep in an affair with married Janet Dunbar but who also stands to gain a fortune from Laura's life insurance. She had been living with her father Douglas Lambert, an undertaker. He and Ron Gilchrist's wife Pat have been discreet lovers for years. There's more—much more—as McBain and Fyfe struggle to contain their own mutual attraction (something in the Highland air?) and to unlock the key to the puzzle: Who wrote the note found in Laura's clenched fist?

The mordant, melodramatic solution reflects a story full of unexpected twists and turns—calculated to hold the reader's interest and, for the most part, succeeding. Different and diverting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312144180
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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