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The Dead Do Not Praise

Bell, Pauline

ISBN 10: 0312097808 / ISBN 13: 9780312097806
Editorial: St. Martin's Press, 1993
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Signed by the author on half title page. The dust jacket is a bit worn and there is a 1/8" closed tear on the top front. The top of the spine is rubbed and a little crumpled. There are three 1/8" closed tears on the top rear. The former owner's name is written in ink on the rear free end paper. The binding is tight. N° de ref. de la librería B19

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Título: The Dead Do Not Praise

Editorial: St. Martin's Press

Año de publicación: 1993

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: First Edition

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Headmistress Sarah Bland was not popular - in fact, people had been heard openly wishing her dead - so when she is found bludgeoned to death in her own office, many are suspect. Her demise seems not only desirable but also rather convenient for those members of her staff who chose to absent themselves from school about the time of her death. Of the 850 staff and pupils at Heath Lees High School, many cannot say they did not wish her dead, but only eight cannot prove that they had no opportunity to kill her.
Detective Constable Mitchell is the chief investigator and, as a rather unsuccessful alumnus of the school, he is anxious to prove himself to his ex-teachers and colleagues alike. Investigations into Miss Bland's private life turn up some unexpected secrets as Detective Mitchell gathers the information that will help him solve the case and build his career.

From Publishers Weekly:

Though it features the murder of a prickly headmistress, Bell's second British mystery (after Murder at St. Oswald's ) fails to hook its reader. Sarah Bland, the highly unpopular head of Heath Lees High School in Yorkshire, is bludgeoned to death in her office while faculty and students, numbering in the hundreds, are at morning prayers. Inspector Browne and Sergeant Hunter, both with children at the school, and ambitious Constable Mitchell, a recent Heath Lees graduate, narrow the suspect list to eight, none of whom can provide a decent alibi. Included are the English master who says he was enjoying the favors of his young wife, a hypochondriac history teacher accused of making untoward advances to a student's sibling, and a contemptuous, power-hungry school secretary. Bell's multitude of characters are too slowly developed, their motivations unconvincingly established and her setting devoid of local color.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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