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Well and Good
     

Well and Good

by Gerald Hammond
 

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Since the death of their mother in a hit-and-run accident, Violet and Jane have been living with Luke Grant, their great-grandfather and his partner Helena. One evening Violets boyfriend goes missing and is finally found badly injured and unconscious. The police investigation follows the suspects to the island of Madeira and uncovers a bizarre and unscrupulous scam

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Since the death of their mother in a hit-and-run accident, Violet and Jane have been living with Luke Grant, their great-grandfather and his partner Helena. One evening Violets boyfriend goes missing and is finally found badly injured and unconscious. The police investigation follows the suspects to the island of Madeira and uncovers a bizarre and unscrupulous scam . . .

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Photographer Luke Grant's latest adventure begins with the disappearance of his great-granddaughter's swain. The morning after Roddy McWilliam doesn't appear to help Violet Grant to a dose of what passes for nightlife in Newton Lauder, his mother turns up distraught at the doorstep of Whinmount. It's been so long since Violet's great-grandfather Luke (Hit and Run, 2008, etc.) gave Angela McWilliam a tumble that the only comfort he can offer her is to ask questions at Kempfield Centre, where Roddy works making furniture. Predictably, Timothy Buckley and Dr. Charles Hopgood, the Kempfield manager and treasurer who were the only employees still present when Roddy punched out the day before, can't say where he went. But in short order Violet's resourceful kid sister Jane can, since she and Circe, Luke's Labrador, track him to a disused well, from which Jane and Luke's romantic partner Helena Harper rescue him in the novel's best sequence. No sooner is Roddy recuperating in the hospital than Buckley and Hopgood disappear, hardening Luke's suspicions that Roddy's accident involved foul play. Since the criminals are known, the mystery lies in figuring out what secret they were hiding and where they've gone to ground. Both questions lead to promising complications, but Luke's detective work has little tension because veteran Hammond seems to be making it all up as he goes along. Most likely to appeal to hardcore fans of Luke, who stoutly maintains that "when they were handing out geriatric impotence . . . they never came to me."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727867506
Publisher:
Severn House Publ
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Skelton was an ordained priest and rector. He was poet laureate at the University of Oxford and Cambridge University, a court poet for King Henry VII, and a tutor to King Henry VIII. Gerald Hammond is a professor of English at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Fleeting Things and The Making of the English Bible, and the editor of Selected Poems: Richard Lovelace.

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