A Dangerous Deceit Hardcover – 2 Aug 2013
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"Stately standalone from Eccles"
About the Author
Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and has since spent some time on the Northumbrian coast. Marjorie has written mainly crime novels, but also some romantic fiction. She is the author of the Gill Mayo mystery series.
Top Customer Reviews
In this English-village mystery, set in Folbury, Margaret Rees-Talbot is engaged to clergyman Symon Scroope and, while she is happily in love, her happiness is tempered by her grief over her beloved father's recent death. It's more than grief, though, because there is some concern that Osbert Rees-Talbot, who lost an arm in the Boer War, may actually have killed himself, rather than died accidentally. But what could have made the man whom Marjorie idolized take his own life?
Meanwhile, in the village, DI Reardon and DS Joe Gilmour are involved in the investigation of another apparent accidental death. This one, though, is quickly determined to be murder. Foundry owner Arthur Aston was a crude, rough and aggressive man who'd been Osbert Rees-Talbot's batman during the war. He had no shortage of enemies including, possibly, Rees-Talbot and his family, whom witnesses claim they heard arguing with Aston. And is there a connection between Aston's murder and that of the unidentified man whose months-dead body was found in the wood. In particular, is there a South African connection, since all three recent deaths have that country in common?
This is a Golden Age type of crime fiction in its setting and atmosphere. I wouldn't call it a fair-play or puzzle style of mystery, though. While the police detectives are featured, we don't closely follow their investigation to pick up clues and attempt to solve the crime(s) along with them.Read more ›
Meanwhile Margaret Rees-Talbot is looking forward to her marriage to the Rev Symon Scroope. Not that it's all plain sailing, for Margaret is still grieving for her father Osbert, found drowned in his bath a few months previously. Although herself from a good family she is apprehensive marrying into the wealthy Scroope family.
Whilst the death of Osbert Rees-Talbot is put down as accidental, owing to him having lost an arm whilst serving as a soldier in the South African war, questions still remain. Prior to his death Osbert had been writing an account of his experiences as a soldier during the Second Boer War. Then he seemed to stall! What really happened in South Africa back in 1902?
Then a second death occurs and the investigating officer DI Herbert Reardon wonders if there could be a connection to the earlier death.
The book is set in 1927, a period Marjorie Eccles portrays so well. The deferential police Inspector, keen not to upset the gentry; the small market town of Folbury, full of secrets; and the casualties of the Great War still with unhealed wounds, unable to fit back intro the life of rural England.
The book is rich in characters into whose lives the reader is drawn slowly and insidiously as their secrets are exposed. Beautifully written this book is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes