To Die for by Janet Neel

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Selina Marsh-Hayden and Judith Delves, friends since their days at boarding school, are the working directors of Cafe de la Paix, a fashionable London restaurant. The two women couldn't be more different--Selina is glamorous and beautiful while Judith is hard working and plain--but together they have made Cafe de la Paix so popular that the partners recently opened a second restaurant.

The success of the two restaurants has caught the attention of the Gemini Group, who want to buy them and add them to their own chain. Committed to what they started, Selina and Judith are adamant that they do not want to sell. The other shareholders, however, think differently. Selina's husband Richard is anxious to get the money the sale would raise and Judith's lover Michael would like nothing more than for Judith to give up her work and devote herself to the running of his beloved country house. Deadlock is reached. Then Selina is murdered and everything changes.

John McLeish is in charge of the case. His wife, the irrepressible Francesca Wilson, is an acquaintance of Judith Delves, and is drawn into the investigation through this connection. Suddenly, a fire, another attempted murder, and a possible suicide turn life at Cafe de la Paix to chaos. Police probing reveals large-scale theft, as well as some indiscreet liaisons between the shareholders. Has someone committed murder to cover their tracks, or have the restaurants become such an asset that someone would kill for them? Award-winning crime writer Janet Neel puts the pieces of this mystery together in her latest "stylish" (St. Petersburg Times) and "sophisticated" (The New York Times Book Review) novel.END


About Janet Neel

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Janet Neel is the nom de plume of Baroness (Janet) Cohen of Pimlico, who sits as a Labour peer in the House of Lords. She started out as a solicitor, then went into the Board of Trade, then to Charterhouse Bank. She now works at several places at once, including the London Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Defence, in addition to writing crime fiction. Her first novel, Death’s Bright Angel, won the John Creasey Prize, and Death of a Partner and Death Among the Dons were both shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger.
Published May 1, 1999 by St Martins Pr. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With Selinas shares tied up until probate, Judith thinks the deal is off, but Selinas drunkard husband and Judiths banker fianc both try to find a way to push the sale through.

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