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Uneaseful Death

By (author) Mollie Hardwick
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Century
Published: 29th Feb 1988
Dimensions: w 130mm h 190mm
Weight: 278g
ISBN-10: 0712618996
ISBN-13: 9780712618991
Barcode No: 9780712618991

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Antique-dealer Doran Fairweatber - now Mrs. Rodney Chelmarsh, wife of the vicar of Abbotsbourne (Parson's Pleasure, 1987) - has left behind her marital problems, centering chiefly on Rodney's crippled, ill-natured daughter Helena, to attend an antiques-evaluation weekend at Caxton Manor, stately home turned posh hotel. There, Doran finds her gay business partner Howell, a Welsh diamond in the rough; suavely handsome older man Henry Gore, a near-romance of some years back; incredibly beautiful Scottish dealer Morven Cair, along with her feverishly attentive companion, clock-expert Dermid Scance; and assorted other mavens in various specialties, including haughty, unpleasant Falk Lydgate, a biggie in antiquities. Doran also finds: the body of Reg Haslem, just before a blizzard descends and cuts the hotel off from the outside world, leaving its occupants with little to do - except exchange erudite quotes and waspish barbs, and speculate on the history of a strange enameled jewel left with Henry for evaluation. Then when Falk Lydgate's murdered body is found (again by Doran), police and husband Rodney arrive by helicopter; but not until the thaw sets in does Doran confront the murderer, in classic dumb-heroine style, to bring the story to an unsettled finish. The author's expertise in history, romance, and Keats is all too evident here, as the plot lurches about in a sea of literary one-upmanship and heartthrobs. Antique collectors and poetry lovers may adore it. (Kirkus Reviews)