Superintendent's Daughterby Marjorie Eccles
Superintendent Gil Mayo is a policeman, and even in his quiet country town no stranger to tragedy. But up until now, there had always been some distance between the official investigator and those who had been personally stricken. It was someone else's tragedy. Now it is his. His daughter Julie and her friend Kathryn are missing, and the blow that falls is the discovery of Kat's body in a small hotel (once a luxurious country house), and Julie's disappearance. This is as personal as things can get. So it is not surprising that Mayo is taken off the case and the responsibility given to his assistant, Inspector Abigail Moon.
Moon searches for roots of the crime in the background of the two girls, and her discoveries distress her and even more deeply affect Julie's father. The girls have been playing a dangerous game. The most horrifying question that Abigail is faced with is whether Kat was indeed the intended victim or whether the murder victim "should" have been Julie the Superintendent's daughter.
As Abigail looks further, that question still unanswered, she discovers that Kat had led a complex and colorful love life a life that involved some of the area's most important citizens with apparently stainless reputations. This knowledge means that Julie is in even more danger than Abigail and Mayo had feared, and the race to find her and remove the threat hanging over her has her father mad with frustration and Abigail determined to clear the harrowing case up and save her chief (and good friend's) young daughter.
Author Biography: Marjorie Eccles lives with her husband in the historic village of Hertfordshire, near London, England. The Superintendent's Daughter is her eleventh mystery to feature Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo.
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Kat Conolly is determined to spend as much time with her dying father as possible as they both reside at the luxurious home of her dad¿s business partner, Max Fisher. Kat turns to her best friend Julie Mayo for solace even though they are an ocean apart. However, not long after her father dies, Kat is found butchered to death in a hotel room. Normally, Lavenstock Police Division Headquarters Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo would head up the homicide investigation. However, this inquiry has a personal interest for Gil as the murdered Kat checked into the hotel using his missing daughter Julie¿s identity. Led by a ¿disinterested¿ outsider, the police search for the killer while Mayo frantically looks for his missing daughter who seems to have vanished. Marjorie Eccles has written the classic British police procedural starring secondary characters from previous Gil Mayo tales. This provides the book with an aura of continuity rarely seen in a series while also comforting the reader with familiar friends. The puzzling mystery is difficult to solve because the killer blends into the scenery so well. THE SUPERINTENDENT¿S DAUGHTER is a fascinating novel that deservedly will bring new fans to the talented Ms. Eccles. Harriet Klausner