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Closing Stages

Closing Stages (Paperback)

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Actress Phyllida Moon, whose day job is PI at the Peter Piper Detective Agency in Seaminster, should have been off pursuing her love life in Scotland -- but a gall bladder operation put an end to that. Her forced period of convalescence turns out to be too good an opportunity for DCS Kendrick to miss. Though he's only accepted Phyllida's help grudgingly in the past, he finds he just can't do without her. There have been a series of suspiciously premature heart attacks at Stansfield Manor Nursing Home and he appeals to Phyllida to investigate as a patient -- real and undercover all at once. Phyllida, who has only ever investigated in disguise before, now faces the peculiar challenge of having to act herself.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 20/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781447239956  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.  

An only child, Eileen Dewhurst was self-sufficient and bookish from an early age, preferring solitude or one-to-one contacts to groups, and hating sport. Her first attempts at writing were not auspicious. At 14, a would-be family saga was aborted by an uncle discovering it and quoting from it choked with laughter. A second setback came a few years later at school, when a purple passage was returned with the words 'Cut this cackle!' written across it in red ink: a chastening lesson in how embellishments can weaken rather than strengthen one's message. Eileen read English at Oxford, and afterwards spent some unmemorable years in 'Admin' before breaking free and dividing her life in two: winters in London doing temporary jobs to earn money and experience, summers at home as a freelance journalist, spinning 'think pieces' for the Liverpool Daily Post and any other publications that would take them, and reporting on food and fashion for the long defunct Illustrated Liverpool News, as well as writing a few plays. Her first sustained piece of writing was a fantasy for children which was never published but secured an agent. Her Great Autobiographical Novel was never published either, although damned with faint praise and leading to an attempt at crime writing that worked: over the next thirty years she produced almost a book a year and also published some short stories in anthologies and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Eileen has always written from an ironic stance, never allowing her favourite characters to take themselves too seriously: a banana skin is ever lurking.

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