It seemed that no one at Aimhurst and Sons liked Clive Barstaple, who had been hired some months earlier to "streamline" (read fire the majority of the existing employees) after a successful takeover. It's true that Barstaple was mean and small-minded, but surely he didn't deserve to die a torturous death by poisoning. Inspector Rafferty and his erudite compatriot, Sergeant Llewellyn, have plenty of suspects. Nearly every employee had a reason to hate Barstaple, but not every employee was clever enough to figure out how to dose him with deadly poison. As Rafferty and Llewellyn follow up leads, they begin to unravel a strange, ugly story. When the office gossip, one Amy Glossop, is murdered, the case breaks open. And even though he's pleased to have the case solved, Rafferty's pride is slightly dented because it is Sergeant Llewellyn who finally unscrambles the clues. An ingeniously constructed plot, deft dialogue, well-drawn characters, and a few humorous touches make this an enjoyably intriguing read and a nice addition to the Rafferty-Llewellyn series. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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About the Author
Geraldine Evans born in London of Irish parents, now lives in the South of England. She has had a variety of jobs and spent several years helping to run a vehicle-repair workshop. There, among other things, she tackled tax returns, the intricacies of which she believes were an excellent apprenticeship for the brain-teasing work necessary in writing a whodunnit.