St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately, and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when gorgeous, successful Lexy Durant is found strangled on the grounds. There's a lengthy list of likely suspects, and as DCI St. Just weighs clashing egos, he discovers unsavory secrets . . . and a most shocking twist.
At the start of Agatha-winner Malliet's witty third cozy to feature Det. Chief Insp. Arthur St. Just�(after 2009's Death and the Lit Chick), potential benefactors to St. Michael's College at the University of Cambridge gather at St. Mike's for an alumni Open Weekend. When someone strangles Alexandra "Lexy" Laurant, the glamorous socialite ex-wife of another attendee, pompous writer Sir James Bassett, St. Just investigates. The Cambridgeshire policeman soon uncovers a host of suspects, including Geraldo Valentiano, Lexy's playboy honey; Gwennap Pengelly, a TV reporter desperate for a scoop; Augie Cramb, a dot-com millionaire; and American financier Karl Dunning and his complaining wife, Constance. Crime novelist Portia De'Ath, St. Just's girlfriend, who longs for crusty Arthur to be more romantic, provides invaluable help in sussing out the killer. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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LLewellyn Worldwide, Ltd
October 25, 2010
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