Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters
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The older Feise stays on the trail, works over his boy's reluctant admissions -- and, Kitty saved, Dominic achieves an almost adult status. Tidy.
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A millionaire is murdered and Inspector Felse, after sifting through the few shreds of evidence, finally arrests Kitty Norris, his teenaged son Dominic's first love. A young man's infatuation soon becomes something far more dangerous, though, as Dominic takes on Kitty's cause--in direct opposition to his father's investigation.
 

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Ellis Peters is the pseudonym for Edith Pargeter, who was born in Horsehay, Shropshire. She was a chemist's assistant from 1933 to 1940 and participated during World War II in the Women's Royal Navy Service. The name "Ellis Peters" was adopted by Edith Pargeter to clearly mark a division between her mystery stories and her other work. Her brother was Ellis and Petra was a friend from Czechoslovakia, thus the name. She came to writing mysteries, she says, "after half a lifetime of novel-writing." Her detective fiction features well-rounded, knowledgeable characters with whom the reader can empathize. Her most famous literary creation is the medieval monk Brother Cadfael. The blend of history and the formula of the detective story gives Peters's works their popular appeal. As detective hero, Brother Cadfael remains faithful to the requirements of the formula, yet the historical milieu in which he operates is both fully realized and well textured. Peters received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award in 1963 and the Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1981.
 
Published December 1, 1992 by Chivers North Amer. 251 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Professional & Technical, Crime. Fiction
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The older Feise stays on the trail, works over his boy's reluctant admissions -- and, Kitty saved, Dominic achieves an almost adult status. Tidy.

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