The fourth Merlin Parry and Sergeant Gomer Lloyd mystery. The vicar of St Samson's, Bryntaf, announces he is divorcing his wife and intends to marry an attractive young widow. Soon afterwards the widow, a hospital consultant, is brutally murdered.
‘The opening, in the classical mode, is excellent: and, after an absorbing investigation, we arrive at a highly surprising denouement’
‘Literate and comfortable, well plotted and well observed’
‘David Williams has, highly readably, established Cardiff as a hotbed of poisonous gossip’
'A TERMINAL CASE' David Williams
The parishioners of Bryntaf aren't shocked when the vicar of St. Samson's announces he's divorcing his wife. Some are surprised, though, that he expects to remarry an attractive young widow, 'and' keep his job. But his intentions come to naught when the women he intended to marry – a hospital consultant -is brutally murdered with one of her own scalpels. When the circumstances of the crime emerge, it seems that any number of interested parties could have committed it, but only the wily Chief Inspector Parry is sharp enough to deduce the subtle motive which exposes the true culprit.
"One could hardly have a more pleasing example of this type of detective story"
T. J. BINYON, 'Evening Standard'
GERALD KAUFMAN, 'Scotsman'
"Superbly written, with a depth of feeling rare in crime fiction"
F. E. PARDOE, 'Birmingham Post'
"The fourth engaging, well-engineered crime novel featuring DCI Merlin Parry"