Sunset Touch: A Mystery Featuring Superintendent Gil Mayo

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"For one terrible moment it seems that the house fire on Bessemer Street has taken the lives of two young Polish children. However, when the fire brigade conducts their gruesome search of the building, they discover a man's body. Even more disturbing are the definite signs of arson they find. When the forensic report confirms foul play, Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo assigns the case to his young colleague, Abigail Moon." "Meanwhile, Inspector Martin Kite, recently returned to Lavenstock, looks into a brutal attack on vicar Haldane's elderly
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"For one terrible moment it seems that the house fire on Bessemer Street has taken the lives of two young Polish children. However, when the fire brigade conducts their gruesome search of the building, they discover a man's body. Even more disturbing are the definite signs of arson they find. When the forensic report confirms foul play, Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo assigns the case to his young colleague, Abigail Moon." "Meanwhile, Inspector Martin Kite, recently returned to Lavenstock, looks into a brutal attack on vicar Haldane's elderly wife. She is lying in a coma and Kite feels that he might soon be investigating a murder. The only evidence Kite has is that someone had been visiting Mrs. Haldane before she was attacked and that nothing was stolen from the vicarage. Was the attack a random act of violence or a deliberate act of vengeance?" D. S. Mayo is frustrated at the lack of progress his detectives are making and it's not until a stolen art treasure leads them both down the same path, one which takes them from Poland to wartime England to the present day, that the key to the danger can be unlocked.
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Publishers Weekly
A mysterious fire, a vicious attack, stolen art and two displaced Polish children all figure in to the complex, layered plot of A Sunset Touch, by British mystery pro Marjorie Eccles. Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo oversees two different cases investigated by two different inspectors, until a Klee painting leads him to a different country and a common thread. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Two cases on Superintendent Gil Mayo's turf, one of arson (in which a man dies) and one of assault, turn out to be connected to a stolen art treasure. Solid prose and skillful storytelling make this a prize among British police procedurals. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rarely do Lavenstock's police have even one serious crime to solve, but now two major investigations are taxing Superintendent Gil Mayo's small force to the limit. His dependable sergeants, Abigail Moon and Ted Carmody, are deployed to the arson on Bessemer Street, which destroyed the house rented by a mysterious Polish visitor named Tadeusz Siemek, leaving inside a charred corpse that turns out to be not Siemek, but Stefan, British-born son of Polish WWII flier Piotr Kaminsky. That leaves recalcitrant Martin Kite, much to his annoyance, to investigate the assault on Canon Haldane's wife Cecily, left for dead by someone she may have let into the house herself. Cecily's family gathers by her bedside: her husband Edgar, a pillar of strength in the pulpit, but quite at sea without his wife's firm hand; their insecure eldest daughter Olivia; her steady sister Julia, not quite on the mend from a broken love affair; and Jago, the irresponsible baby of the family. Caught up in the drama of their own lives, the Haldanes provide little help to Kite. But even less help is Tadeusz Siemek, who turns up two days after the fire, claiming that he went up to London, got hit by a car, spent the night in a hospital, and can remember nothing else.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312283537
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Gil Mayo Mystery Series , #12
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb police procedural

    Although Lavenstock is a small city compared to London, it has its share of crime, but rarely does two major felonies happen on the same day. A house burns down to the ground on a low rent street, but the body inside the rubble is not the Polish man renting the abode. Deputy Superintendent Gil Mayo assigns Abigail Moon to the case much to the dismay of her rival and peer Martin Kite. <P>Gil designates Martin as the lead investigator on the other case, that of a vicar¿s wife Cecily Haldane, who was knocked unconscious. Her attacker called for an ambulance. Cecily¿s prognosis remains bleak. On both cases law enforcement officials run into one dead end after another. They don¿t know that the two cases are tied to events that occurred over fifty years ago during World War II. <P> Any police procedural starring Gill Mayo is guaranteed to provide a pleasurable reading experience. A SUNSET TOUCH is one of the better works in this long running series because of the complexity of the characterizations and the intricacies of the two subplots. Marjorie Eccles packs a surprising amount of fascinating detail into this superb novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

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