Untimely Graves

Untimely Graves

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by Marjorie Eccles
     
 

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A new novel in the popular DS Gil Mayo series.

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

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A new novel in the popular DS Gil Mayo series.

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 to 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312307530
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Gil Mayo Mysteries Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.85(d)

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