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.
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Published May 1, 2000
by Carroll & Graf Publishers.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.