Untimely Graves

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Overview

"When the murdered body of a woman is found floating in flooded uplands near an isolated farm and nearby cottage, it poses problems of identification, prompting the press to dub her the "Mystery Woman."" "Who is she? As time goes by, Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo and his assistant, Inspector Abigail Moon, begin to fear that question is destined to remain unanswered, until the bursar of a public school, currently involved in controversy over a proposed new entrance to the school, is murdered at his desk. Though the murders are seemingly
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Overview

"When the murdered body of a woman is found floating in flooded uplands near an isolated farm and nearby cottage, it poses problems of identification, prompting the press to dub her the "Mystery Woman."" "Who is she? As time goes by, Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo and his assistant, Inspector Abigail Moon, begin to fear that question is destined to remain unanswered, until the bursar of a public school, currently involved in controversy over a proposed new entrance to the school, is murdered at his desk. Though the murders are seemingly unrelated, events begin to show that this is not so." "As a temporarily unemployed ex-student, Cleo Atkins will do anything rather than take the safe secretarial position her mother has lined up for her, even taking a job with Maid to Order, a firm of cleaning contractors, something her mother feels she is singularly unfitted for. The firm is much in demand following the trail of destruction left by the floods, and working with the team, Cleo comes across evidence from a totally unexpected source, and ultimately finds herself involved in the investigation." With her cooperation, Mayo and Moon are able to follow a chain of events that eventually lead to the identity of the "Mystery Woman" being revealed, and to the unexpected solution of both murders.
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Publishers Weekly
Superintendent Gil Mayo and his assistant Abigail Moon must unravel two seemingly unrelated murders-that of an unidentified woman found floating in flood waters with a bullet in her heart and that of a public school bursar-in British author Marjorie Eccles's intricate police procedural, Untimely Graves: A Mystery Featuring Superintendent Gil Mayo. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The rain-swollen River Kyne, overflowing its banks, sends a houseful of mud into Iris Osbourne's treasure-filled cottage and an unidentified body into the fields just beyond, spelling trouble for Lavenstock's Inspector Gil Mayo (A Sunset Touch, 2002, etc.) and his promotion-minded sergeant, Abigail Moon. The flooding Kyne reminds Cleo Atkins how out-of-control her own life has become since she failed her university exams shortly after discovering that her longtime lover Toby Armitage preferred her twin sister Jenna. As her brisk, efficient mother Daphne frets, her recently retired policeman father offers her work at his detective agency, only to find that she prefers dusting parlors at her friend Val's Maid to Order cleaning business to dusting for prints. When Dorrie Lockett's Victorian (which Charles Wetherby, bursar of adjacent Lavenstock College, covets for the access it would afford the college to posh Kelsey Road) needs a good cleaning, Dorrie's nephew Sam Leadbetter provides a promising distraction. So does co-worker Tony Gilchrist, and so does Cleo's move into her late Aunt Phoebe's eccentrically decorated house, recently vacated by American academic Brad Hunnicliffe and his wifty wife Angela. But it isn't until her team is sent to wash the last of the mud off Osbourne's Wych Cottage that the gun she spies in an antique dresser makes Cleo's life really interesting. Eccles's carefully spun plot flows as briskly as the Kyne at flood. Her characters, though not always likable, are never less than believable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750518680
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Gil Mayo Mystery Series , #13
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire, England and spent her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast. She has written over a score of books, including the Gil Mayo mysteries which feature Superintendent Mayo and his assistant, Inspector Abigail Moon.

The series is set on the edge of the Black Country, where she lived for over thirty years. She is also a writer of short stories and her books have been translated into many languages and have been serialized in British and foreign magazines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Excellent British police procedural

    The preadolescent two boys went fishing at the flooded Kyne River when one of them reeled in the bloated corpse. Though reluctant to tell anyone since they ware not supposed to be there, the younger lad confessed all to his mom. The police arrive to begin an investigation into a murder, but the fingerprints failed to match any in the National Index and no one in the next few days comes forth to identify the ¿Mystery Woman¿......................... Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo and his assistant Inspector Abigail Moon are ready to cold case the inquiry without even identifying Jane Bull when someone murders Charles Wetherby, the bursar at Lavenstock College. Though the murders have no apparent link, a former student, Cleo Atkins working for Maid to Order cleaning the mess caused by the flooding finds the connection by accident, which places her in jeopardy if the wrong person learns what she knows.............................. The latest Gil Mayo British police procedural is an exciting tale because of the frustration the cops feel when their initial investigation goes nowhere. The twists and turns of the two cases that finally merge through the amateur ¿joining¿ their team is fun to follow as Gil and Abigail find neither murder investigation progressing until Cleo discovers the missing link. Though the motive for the first homicide seems weak and the ¿cover-up¿ by the second victim appears illogical, sub-genre fans will take delight in Marjorie Eccles clever who done it to whomever she is................................. Harriet Klausner

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