Death of an Ordinary Guy

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Categories: Mystery/Crime
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell/L&L Dreamspell | Date published: 01/01/2003

Description


On Guy Fawkes Night someone switches the straw effigy with a real corpse. The village square is bathed in torchlight. Spectators huddle against the cold this November night, Guy Fawkes Night, in Upper Kingsleigh, England. Shadows grip the edge of the square, but all minds concentrate on this 400 year-old festivity, all eyes focus on the straw effigy of Guy Fawkes, the symbol of the governmental coup-gone-wrong. The flaming torch extends to light the straw--and the villagers recoil in horror. Twisting at the end of the rope is no straw-filled dummy. It's the corpse of an American tourist. Newly-made Detective-Sergeant Brenna Taylor, Derbyshire C.I.D., is anxious to prove herself. She's skillful, determined, and imaginative in her crime solving, but faces the obstacle of male resistance in her field. Heading the investigating team is Detective-Chief Inspector Geoffrey Graham, former minister and a brilliant, intimidating man whom Brenna works hard to impress. Which would be easier if murder suspects weren't so numerous. Among them are the American's brother-in-law, still angry over his sister's death; the husband, who fears his wife will desert him for the American; the inebriated, penniless uncle, who clings to his nephew's fortune tighter than a cork in a wine bottle. As Brenna digs into the lives of the villagers, she becomes the target of frightening pranks. Are these the work of one of her harassing male colleagues, or a deadly warning to leave the case? Not only must Brenna solve this personal mystery while working on the two murders, but she must also sort out her conflicting emotions of trepidation and love for Chief Inspector Graham.