To Meredith Mitchell, marooned in a dusty London flat, the Cotswolds seem like a haven of peace and tranquillity. But Chief Inspector Markby has a rather different view of his native area, as he witnesses the bulldozing of one of his favourite boyhood haunts to make way for yet another housing estate. And when a man's body is found buried in the foundations of one of the plots his outlook turns even grimmer. The only cheering prospect on the horizon is Meredith's forthcoming visit. The dead man however remains a mystery: the labourer who dug up his body has disappeared and the farmers whose lands abut the burial site are little help. Charming, eccentric Mrs Carmody treats Markby, whom she has known since he was a boy, with fond familiarity and Mrs Winthrop at the neighbouring farm is happy to supply him with tea and scones but gives little else away. The time has come for someone with a different perspective to see what they can glean. And Meredith, blessed with an uncanny ability for ferreting out the truth, seems the obvious candidate.
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Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire.From Kirkus Reviews:
Another chapter in the lives of Chief Inspector Alan Markby, of Bamford in the Cotswolds, and Meredith Mitchell, who's employed by the Consular Service and presently harnessed to a dull job in the London office. Their edgy, uncommitted relationship (A Season for Murder, 1992) is revived when Meredith agrees to housesit for Alan's vacationing sister Laura. She arrives in Bamford soon after the discovery of an unknown murder victim, buried on what was Lonely Farm, where contractor Dudley Newman is building houses under the supervision of disagreeable foreman Jerry Hersey. Two other farms in the area are fair game for developers--Greyladies, the Winthrop place, where son Alwyn would happily sell, and the nonworking Witchett farm, whose aged owner, Dolly Carmody, will hang on till death. The victim is finally identified as a drug agent on the trail of a shipment. His mission in this quiet backwater remains a mystery until a BMW with foreign plates, another killing, and Meredith's eager sleuthing turn up the answers. A mildly intriguing puzzle shares the spotlight here with a leisurely exploration of the area's legends and changing mores. Above-average procedural in the classic British mode. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Headline Book Publishing, 1992. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M074723874X