Synopses & Reviews
A brutal murder draws Hannah Ives into a mystery where to understand the present, she must uncover a dark past.
While at Calvert Colony, a life care community centre in Maryland, and at lunch with her friend, retired mystery author and amateur painter L.K. 'Naddie' Bromley and her neighbour Sophia Milanesi, who survived the closing years of the Second World War in a convent in Italy, Hannah meets Filomena Buccho, a personable young Argentine server. Her brother, Raniero, also works at the Colony as chef. But when Masud Abaza and his wife, Safa, move into the community and Masud is found murdered, his head bashed in by a croquet mallet, suspicion falls on Raniero, who has made no secret of his neo-Fascist sentiments. Hannah and Naddie agree to investigate, uncovering old crimes and reigniting ancient quarrels that know no boundaries of place or time.
"Calvert Colony, an upscale Annapolis, Md., retirement community, provides the setting for Talley's nicely textured 13th Hannah Ives mystery (after 2013's Dark Passage). Retired mystery writer Nadine Smith Gray, who owns a town house in Calvert Colony, persuades Hannah to volunteer in the complex's memory care unit. The people Hannah meets include a Muslim couple, beautiful Safa Abaza and her mercurial husband, Masud; bigoted Col. Nate Greene; and concentration camp survivor Ysabelle Milanesi. When Hannah discovers the body of a resident in a decorative rowboat in the community garden, she lends Det. Ron Powers a hand in winnowing the surprisingly large field of suspects in the ensuing murder investigation. Talley deals sensitively with such aging issues as consensual sex among residents, vulnerability to scam artists, declining cognitive abilities, autocratic relatives, and the importance of touch and music in providing comfort. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This is the thirteenth Hannah Ives mystery, and the series feels as fresh as the day it was born." Booklist
When a man is murdered in her friend's life care community centre, Hannah finds herself uncovering old crimes and reigniting ancient quarrels that know no boundaries of place or time.
About the Author
Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of eleven previous crime novels featuring survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections and have been reprinted in several of The Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories anthologies. She is a past President of Sisters in Crime, Inc. Marcia lives in Annapolis, MD, but spends the winter months aboard an antique sailboat in the Bahamas.