Superintendent Alan Markby and his girlfriend, civil servant Meredith Mitchell, are in desperate need of a summer holiday - and a cottage in Parsloe St John is an attractive last-minute prospect.
Their temporary next-door neighbour, retired journalist Wynne Carter, is as convivial as the village itself as she indulges in her latest obsession - speculation about a former resident, Olivia Smeaton, a racy old lady whose obituary Wynne has recently compiled and whose life - and accidental death - she believes were not all they seem.
"The narrative captures an accelerating tension and delivers final revelations that startle while remaining true to the nature of the characters in question. Granger's latest offers abundant, understated pleasures." (Publishers Weekly)
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Inconsistent and convoluted