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Trio in Three Flats

Trio in Three Flats (Paperback)

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'Antique dealer by the name of Peter Shaw,' said the Chief. 'Found dead this morning.' From a heart attack, or from the manual strangulation which had accompanied it? A complex problem, especially when Shaw's estranged love Hilary is Detective-Inspector Neil Carter's mysterious and beautiful neighbour. Whom Neil has begun to console ...His Chief doesn't know this -- or does he? -- but the fact of being neighbours is coincidence enough, and Neil is expected to play a subtle unofficial role in the investigation of a death which could have been from natural causes or from murder. At once other problems confront him. Has Hilary been back to Shaw's house since she left it three months earlier? And what of the antique dealer's new love? His cold brother and warm sister-in-law? Hilary's boss who changes so interestingly after Shaw's death? There is also the problem of Neil's other neighbour Cathy, who helps him with his investigations and tries not to mind about his relationship with Hilary ...Finally, there is the problem of the antique dealer's priceless early copy of the Wedgwood Portland Vase, missing from the room in which he died.

Hilary maintains the vase is the answer to the riddle of Shaw's death. But is it?

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 20/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781447240112  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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