Loves, labours, losses and not to mention a spattering of the occult are all part of an eduction at the prestigious Griffin School, but when a reunion culminates in the death of a high profile former student, DI Joseph Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, are called in to unearth the truth behind the school’s picturesque façade. Murder? Suicide?
Or is the chef’s cooking to blame? As ever the case is never simple for this policing pair, especially with a home office official as a suspect and a budget-obsessed superintendent. And with Rafferty’s mother planning a reunion of her own, resulting in some unwanted houseguests and growing marital stress, how will Rafferty keep his head clear and solve the case?
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Clever Whodunit set in School Reunion
Anyone who has read Dorothy Sayer's iconic Gaudy Night, which begins in a reunion of Oxford University graduates will feel her heart quicken at the sight of any mystery that is set in a British school reunion. While Deadly Reunion is no Gaudy Night, it is an enjoyable, clever, and well crafted tale of disparate personalities brought together for a school reunion. That this is a mid-level public school with upwardly mobile aspirations emphasizes the elements of snobbery and envy. As entertaining as the crime itself is the home life of the detective, whose overbearing but loveable mother has parked 2 couples on him and his new bride for 2--yes t-w-o weeks for a huge family reunion. If you like British mysteries and you've already listened to all of Sayers, Christie, James, Marsh, and Wetnworth---I think you'll enjoy this a lot.
Entertaining murder at a class reunion.