Synopses & Reviews
Retired actress Rina Martin gets tangled up in the brutal murder of a seemingly innocent widow
Who would want to kill widowed mother of two Ellen Tailor, a seemingly innocent, inoffensive woman, and leave her body for her children to find? Rina Martin's policeman friend Mac can't find anything that looks like a motive and not much more in terms of suspects. While it is true Ellen didn't get on with her mother in law, it seems hard to believe their arguments escalated into a brutal killing. A former abusive partner seems a more likely suspect, but unfortunately for Mac he seems to have a watertight alibi.
But just as the case goes cold, there is a second killing. Are the two linked? Rina thinks so - and Mac has long since learnt that, unfortunately, Rina is often right . . .
"In Adams's absorbing seventh mystery featuring no-longer-retired actress Rina Martin (after 2012's Cause of Death), Rina comes home to quiet Frantham, England, after filming a new TV series, only to hear a 'nasty piece of news' on the radio. Someone blasted widowed Ellen Tailor in the face with a shotgun at her remote farmhouse, where her two school-age children found her body in the kitchen. Det. Insp. Sebastian 'Mac' MacGregor, Rina's policeman friend, has few clues to go on. Given the isolation of the farmhouse, it's unsurprising that no one saw or heard anything. Nothing was stolen, and none of the people Mac and his team interview has an obvious motive for killing the outwardly blameless Ellen. Rina, who does her own sleuthing, focuses on some accidental deaths that could be related to the murder. A cast of engaging characters and a number of unexpected plot twists make this one of the stronger entries in the series." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A cast of engaging characters and a number of unexpected plot twists make this one of the stronger entries in the series" Publishers Weekly
Who would want to kill a widowed mother of two and leave her body for her children to find? Rina Martin's policeman friend Mac can't find a real motive and not much more in terms of suspects. But then there is a second killing. Are the two linked? Rina thinks so - and Mac has long since learnt that, unfortunately, Rina is often right . . .
About the Author
Jane Adams was born in Leicestershire, where she still lives. She has a degree in Sociology, and has held a variety of jobs including lead vocalist in a folk rock band. She enjoys pen and ink drawing, martial arts and her ambition is to travel the length of the Silk Road by motorbike. She is married with two children. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award in 1995 and for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award.