When two students are molested, a prominent professor is stabbed, and the school is torn apart by a debate over whether or not to admit men, Francesca tries to find out what is wrong at the all-female Gladstone College.
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Neel, whose Death of a Partner was shortlisted for a Golden Dagger Award, turns in another solid performance with her tale of intrigue at Gladstone College, a women's school outside London. Gladstone's warden, Dr. Judith Symonds, dies in bed, apparently a victim of her own imprudent mixing of Valium and alcohol. Dame Sarah Murchieson is recruited by school director Sir Neville Allason to take over the college, whose finances are as dilapidated as its buildings and whose staff is "rent by schism." Sarah, who is well supplied with tact (she holds her tongue when Neville-- once her lover, and more recently the deceased's--turns his attentions to a married member of Gladstone's faculty) and spunk (she was in the Resistance in occupied Holland), hires civil servant and young mother Francesca Wilson as bursar to clean up finances. They are making some headway when a series of attacks on women walking on campus brings Francesca's husband, Police Superintendent John McLeish, onto the scene as well. By firmly establishing each character as a believable individual, Neel effectively and with plenty of humor draws the reader into the complex and often secret dynamics of Gladstone's small community.
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Francesca Wilson, now married to Superintendent John McLeish (Death of a Partner, etc.), is released from thralldom to her demanding baby son by a summons from her friend Dame Sarah Murchieson, the new Warden of Gladstone College, to take over the Bursar's job at Gladstone. It's academic business as usual, as Francesca finds when she looks up from the college accounts (which strongly suggest long- term fraud by a trusted caterer) to see that she's incurred the enmity of Deputy Warden Alice Hellier (resentful that she was passed over for the Warden's job and her husband George for the Bursar's)--and when she sees Sir Neville Allason, Permanent Secretary of Education and Science, soothe his grief over the death of Dr. Judith Symonds, the old Warden and his former lover, by taking brilliant young medieval historian Louise Taylor as her replacement. But then nocturnal assaults on two Gladstone students are followed by a murderous attack on Louise, and Francesca and John wonder how accidental Judith Symonds's death really was. Neel handles both her troubled principals and their academic background with a mastery worthy of P.D. James's warm heart and cold eye. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción St Martins Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0312104502
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0312104502
Descripción St Martins Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110312104502