Synopses & Reviews
"Despite a tepid plot and flat characters, this contemporary police procedural from prolific British author Ashford (Illegal Guilt) nicely illustrates the difficulty of interpreting circumstantial evidence. Imperious Australian Fiona Ross demands that the Carnford police locate her good friend, Gillian Harvey. When Ross paid a call on Gillian and found her not at home, Gillian's dairy farmer husband, Tom, said Gillian was gone and he had no idea where. Ross suspects Tom, with whom Gillian was having difficulties, has done her in. Initial, cautious inquiries lead to detailed and pointed investigations and interrogations. Wealth (hers), unfaithfulness (his), a pawned ring and Gillian's continued absence all point to foul play. The members of the ragged police force, nominally led by Detective Chief Superintendent Kirby, plod toward the elusive truth. Ashford, as Roderic Jeffries, is the author of the Inspector Alvarez series (Sun, Sea, Murder, etc.)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Death in suspicious circumstances - When Fiona Ross reported the disappearance of her close friend, Gillian Harvey, the police were far from satisfied that this was an incident which concerned them. But when they learned Gillian was wealthy while her husband was not their attitude changed. And as each newly discovered fact interlocked they became certain they were looking at a picture of murder.
About the Author
Ashford was born in London and published his first book in 1951 and his writing career rapidly overtook his legal one, including the famous Inspector Alvarex series.