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Publisher's Summary

No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge.
Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.
Even among her neighbours, Alice Parry's helpfulness had sometimes misfired; and after her death, tension tight as a clenched fist grips the uneasy village. Meanwhile, the suspects keep rolling in, and Heppleburn's friendly neighbourhood killer continues his nasty piece of work....
©1991 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 01-30-18

Refreshing new detective

A great story introducing another detective from Ann Cleeves.
The story doesn’t have the atmosphere of the Shetland or Newcastle based stories but was, nonetheless, a well crafted story that held the reader’s attention right to the end.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 01-05-18

Not great

An Ann Cleeves fan I actually found myself losing the will to live with this title. The characters were poorly developed and the storyline downright boring. I struggled.

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4 out of 5 stars
By angela on 12-31-17

Great Read

Good description of all the characters. Straight into the story and had you guessing who committed the murder right too the end. Like the inspector would have liked to know what happened to two of the characters.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jo on 08-19-17

Disappointing

Slow and the main character lacked depth. Story line was predictable. Not usual standard.

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