A Dirty Death

A Dirty Death

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It had already been a spring laden with mortality. News reports were full of terrorist bombings, earthquakes and floods, and a whole herd of prime beef animals had been wasted on the altar of BSE-phobia. So it was with a strange momentary lack of surprise that Lilah found her father, early that morning, half-submerged face down in the slurry pit, When irascible farmer Guy Beardon meets a very dirty death in his own farmyard, at first it seems like an accident - despite the fact that he was widely disliked. Only his daughter Lilah is prepared to defend his memory. And when, slowly, Lilah begins to suspect foul play, no one is eager to help her investigate. Suspicion becomes certainty when two more deaths occur - and both of them are unmistakably murder.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2012, c1999.
ISBN: 9780749040086
0749040084
Characteristics: 510 p. --

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Cdnbookworm Feb 17, 2012

This English mystery is set on a farm near a small village. Guy Beardon is the victim of the very dirty death referred to in the book's title, drowning in a slurry pit. At first everyone, including the police assume it is an accident. But when another death occurs, second looks are taken.
Guy's daughter Lilah finds herself suspicious of everyone except her younger brother and the young policeman she went to school with. As she interacts with people from the village, she finds herself looking carefully at their actions and questioning their motives. She is also compelled to look closer at her own relationship with her father and the influence he had on her life.
An interesting mystery, as well as watching a young woman forced to face adulthood with the loss of her father, a very quick growing up.

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