Thursday, 6 March 2014
A Little Murder by Suzette A Hill
It is not a task Rosy is keen to take up but in no time at all, characters from Marcia’s past want to talk to Rosy. Marcia’s ex-husband and a surprise visit from a wartime spy calling himself Dick Whittington bring to Rosy’s attention Marcia’s career as an undercover agent during World War 2. Her Mata-Hari exploits revealed plenty of enemy secrets but falling for one of her pillow-talkers resulted in the sabotage of an operation with terrible results. Could Marcia’s murderer still be harbouring a grudge? Add some missing incriminating documents and there are even more possibilities.
Against this tale of skulduggery are a myriad of colourful characters, all friends and acquaintances of Marcia and all, one way or another, with reasons for murder. While several are obviously hiding something, others can’t seem to stop talking, particularly Felix, a florist to royalty and his pal, the supercilious Cedric, who create plenty of lively banter.
It’s all very light, but the writing is brisk and good fun, and as the body count beings to rise, there’s enough tension to keep the avid whodunit reader interested. A second Rosy Gilchrist novel is in the pipeline.
Posted by JAM
Catalogue Link: A Little Murder