A Novel

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Sarah Fortune's name belies her recent life. A beautiful red-haired attorney, she's still recovering from the macabre attack of a now-deceased client, Charles Tysall, who became obsessed with her. The scars on her creamy skin have healed but will never disappear. Now the senior partner in her firm has asked her to travel to the seaside town of Merton to sort out a legacy left to the feuding Pardoe family. It is the same town where Tysall spent her summer holidays.

Sarah arrives in Merton to find that her clients consist of a dotty matriarch, two brothers (one nasty and one industrious), and a daughter sadly in search of self-esteem. And along a quay studded with cheap amusements and fish-and-chip wrappers lurks a ghost, a phantom who may be more dangerous than any flesh-and-blood villain--

About Frances Fyfield

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Frances Fyfield is a pseudonym of Frances Hegarty, born and raised in Derbyshire on November 18, 1948. After reading English at Newcastle University, she did various odd jobs before enrolling in a law course in the Midlands. But it didn't interest her enough to continue and she moved to London where she was a shop assistant at Fenwicks and theatre dresser at the Coliseum. Fyfield eventually did finish her law qualifications and got a job as a solicitor to work with the Metropolitan Police. She has worked as prosecutor for both the Metropolitan Police as well as the Crime Prosecution Service. Fyfield is the author of more than seven suspense novels, including Shadow Play and Without Consent. Her novel, A Question of Guilt, was nominated for an Edgar Award and filmed for the BBC. She has won several awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Blood From Stone in 2008 and the Silver Dagger for Deep Sleep. In addition, her novel, Safer than Houses was nominated for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2006. She also writes psychological thrillers under the name of Frances Hegarty, among them, The Playroom, Half Light and Let's Dance
Published March 29, 1994 by Pantheon. 207 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As capable Sarah nestles awkwardly into a family that includes Henry's placidly senile widow, Jennifer (``Mouse''), and his children Julian (an embittered physician), Edward (a realtor who won't grow up), and Joanna (a kid sister trapped at home), Sarah recalls her uneasy involvement with their a...

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With this nimble meld of ghost story, moral fable and psychological drama, Fyfield ( Shadow Play ;

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