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Drink This

Drink This (Paperback)

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Following the disappearance of a big-time bank robber, Detective-Inspector Neil Carter of Scotland Yard is sent unofficially by his Chief to question the man's lovely, enigmatic wife in the idyllic village where she has retired to her father's house. Ostensibly a holiday-maker, dallying with the lady, and striking up a friendship with her perceptive 12-year-old brother, Neil soon decides he is on `a delightful wild goose chase'. But his cover is blown when he is forced to take action in the face of another and far more horrible crime. Although he has no official role in its investigation, Neil has never felt so personally involved in a crime, finding himself strangely troubled at the possibility that a clergyman could be guilty of murder and sacrilege. The inhabitants of the village are vividly alive through the eyes of Neil and young Tony, and in their reactions to the outrage in their midst. Neil's part in the two investigations ends only on his final return to London, with the sharpest shock of his whole extraordinary `holiday'.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 20/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781447240136  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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