With a plot that defies the most inspired second-guessing and with menace ticking quietly away on every page, Jill McGown's Death in the Family firmly establishes her as a master of mystery and psychological suspense. This gritty, sophisticated novel is the twelfth in the author's internationally acclaimed series starring Chief Detective Inspector Lloyd and his colleague and lover, Chief Detective Inspector Judy Hill.
Dean Fletcher had spent virtually all his twenty-four years doing things practically guaranteed to land him in trouble. But not until he fell for a blonde nymphet named Kayleigh Scott did he manage to totally ruin his life. Kayleigh had told him she was eighteen. In truth, she was not quite thirteen, and poor Dean was soon off to prison, a convicted sex offender, still smitten with his adolescent lover.
Now he's finally free again, only to be ensnared by two crimes that have Lloyd pulling out what's left of his hair. One is an infant kidnapping (the child was born within hours of Lloyd's and Judy's own baby, Charlotte); the other is the murder of Kayleigh's mother, Lesley, on the very eve of the family's sudden move to Australia.
Fortunately, Lloyd thinks he hears the ring of truth in Dean's protestations of innocence. He is extremely curious about Lesley's new lover, Ian, who has jumped headfirst into another relationship, and her old lover, Phil, whose world she had destroyed. And for all her air of placid innocence, Kayleigh herself isn't above suspicion.
With Judy out on maternity leave, Lloyd is obliged to pick his way alone through the minefield of birth, death, murder, and domestic evil. Death in the Family is a novel of uncanny power and chilling credibility.
|Series:||Inspector Lloyd and Judy Hill Mystery Series , #12|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||6.36(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.05(d)|
About the Author
A native of Argyll, Scotland, Jill McGown has lived in Corby, England, since she was ten. She wrote her first novel, A Perfect Match, in 1983. Among those that have followed are Gone to Her Death, Murder at the Old Vicarage, Murder . . . Now and Then, The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, The Other Woman, A Shred of Evidence, Verdict Unsafe, Picture of Innocence, Plots and Errors, and Scene of Crime.
Jill McGown invites readers to visit her Web site at www.JillMcGown.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a strong new entry in the Lloyd/Hill series. More than any of her previous books, this one enters the dark side in full force. There are many sinister undertones throughout the book, and it makes the reader rush to keep up to them. In this book, Judy and Lloyd have their new daughter in their life, and along with sleepless nights, it causes Judy a lot of angst as it gets closer to her time for returning to work. A murder and a baby kidnapping that occur during this time runs closely parallel to all of Judy's guilty mother feelings. While on the murder case without Judy, Lloyd is finding that his theories are not making sense, and he can't make head or tail of the little puzzles liberally sprinkled througout the investigation. He feels in his gut that he's arresting the wrong person for the murder, but he has no way of proving who actually did it. All the available suspects seem to have cast-iron alibies. But on the very doorstep of their wedding ceremeony, Lloyd and Hill unmask the murderer. At the end of the book we see Lloyd and Judy actually getting married, and we actually discover Lloyd's hated first name. A stunner of a story!
Detective Chief Inspector Judy Hill and her lover DCI ¿appalling first name¿ Lloyd had to cancel their wedding because their baby came four weeks early. Charlotte Frances is an adorable cherub and her father is totally besotted with her while Judy is constantly worrying whether she should go back to work or be a stay at home mom. While pondering her dilemma, an au pair girl cries out that her baby has been stolen. The crime hits Judy hard because the seventeen-year-old watcher was not only negligent but also because she knows the infant and the mother. At almost the same time across town, Lloyd is at the scene of a homicide identified as Leslie Newton and an accident victim. Leslie¿s lover Ian Waring undergoes surgery after he is stabilized. There are many suspects but Lloyd really does not know who committed the murder. If it were not for startling circumstances involving the kidnapped baby, the case would have been solved much sooner. Jill McGown writes some of the best British police procedurals on the market today and DEATH IN THE FAMILY is one of her better ones. The personal relationship between the two DCIs and their love for their daughter will appeal to fans that gain pleasure from a warm, well-written romantic police procedural. Readers will never guess who the killer is but they will be glad to see that an innocent person obtains the justice he deserves. Harriet Klausner