When Rosamund McGarth disappeared, friends and neighbors accepted her husband's explanation that she was looking after a sick cousin in London. Then one of the neighbors met the cousin in town - in excellent health and eager for news of Rosamund. It was suspicious enough for someone to call the police and for a week the village hummed with rumor and speculation. Then a letWhen Rosamund McGarth disappeared, friends and neighbors accepted her husband's explanation that she was looking after a sick cousin in London. Then one of the neighbors met the cousin in town - in excellent health and eager for news of Rosamund. It was suspicious enough for someone to call the police and for a week the village hummed with rumor and speculation. Then a letter came from Rosamund explaining that she'd run off with another man, and her husband, when confronted with this information, admitted he was too ashamed to say he'd been cuckolded. By this time, however, Tessa Crichton is on the scene and fascinated by this series of events, and also deeply intrigued by the curious behavior of Andrea, a friend's prospective daughter-in-law. Her fascination soon turns to detection when Rosamund's husband makes a strange confession and events in Andrea's family take a sinister turn....
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Murder Post-Dated Reviews
Tessa Crichton, an actress and wife of a police investigator, receives a note from a friend that there was an "almost murder" in the community where she lived. When Tessa ends up going to to see the friend and work in the area she gets wind of various unusual events and people. While I liked the story line, I found that the story was told mostly through gossip and a few true going to a place and getting physical clues. It took about just over a third of the book to really hook me into it. I guess the multitude of people to keep track of threw me a bit at the start. However, once you're in you can get into trying to figure out the various puzzles and how events interlock. It isn't a true "fair play" mystery cause she Tessa gets information that you see her send off for but is not revealed until the end. However, you do get ideas of what kind of information she is seeking.
Tessa Crichton is not on the scene when Rosamond McGrath disappears. But she soon learns that Rosamond's husband, James, is suspected of murdering her. Tessa disagrees, but soon finds herself more involved with her friend Marc's new fiancee, the beautiful, neurotic Andrea, and the problem of her her stepmother came to die.
A pleasant British murder mystery. I would certainly try another by this author.
A solid 3.5 to 4 star series, particularly if you enjoy Brit mysteries. Witty dialogue, interesting characters, devious if sometimes implausible plots.