An English Murder by Louise Doughty

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In this darkly comic mystery novel, the brutal murder of a middle-aged couple in their own home punctures the idyllic tranquility of rural Rutland county. Their teenage daughter is meanwhile suspiciously missing, and in its headline the local newspaper screams "Where is Gemma?" Alison, a reporter for the Rutland Record who lives in the same village as the victims, sees the double murder as her much-awaited opportunity to sell a big story to the national papers. What she does not foresee are the uncomfortable truths her investigation of the case will unfold, for nothing here is what it seems -- neither in Gemma's home nor Alison's own nor in the apparently placid, pretty village world they share. Even rural Rutland has an underbelly, and such characters as the Miss Marple-like spinster who writes murder mysteries of her own prove to be less delightfully harmless than they at first appear.

About Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty is the author of the novels "Crazy Paving", "Dance with Me", "Honey-Dew", "Fires in the Dark", and "Stone Cradle", as well as the nonfiction book "A Novel in a Year", based on her popular newspaper column. She has written plays for radio and has worked widely as a critic, broadcasting regularly for BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.
Published May 1, 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Cowper family—husband Thomas, wife Edith, and teenaged daughter Gemma—live in the tiny English village of Nether Bowston, next door to Alison Akenside, a reporter for the Rutland Record.

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When Thomas and Edith Cowper, an outwardly respectable couple residing in Rutland County, are murdered and their teenage daughter, Gemma, goes missing, local newspaper reporter Alison Akenside sees their story as the one she's been waiting her whole life to cover.

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