Body of Opinion Author:Susannah Stacey "Lamia noticed that the glass in her hand was trembling, and she put it down quickly on the mantelshelf, a nasty Tudor affair in carved stone. Her other hand tightly held an appropriately named clutch bag, in black satin with a diamante' trim. In it, she was carrying all a woman could need at a party where she hoped to meet her husband's girlfri... more »end: compact, mirror, comb, lipstick and gun."
So begins Susannah Stacey's wittiest and most captivating mystery yet, featuring again the wise Superintendent Robert Bone. The party is one of rock idol Ken Cryer's standard gatherings: musicians, dilettantes, and jet-set hangers-on. So when he discovers the dead body of one of his party guests propped up and waiting for him in his luxurious four-poster bed in a macabre parody of seduction, the guest list throws up a bewildering list of potential murderers. Among them: Arch-angel, a teenage rock heartthrob and his statuesque Cherokee companion Mary High-mountain; Sutton Somerton, a neurotic and highly successful architect; Noel Prestbury, obsessive in his fervor for Catholic artifacts and their proper uses; Monro Walsh, a taciturn Scots doctor with a fiercely puritan streak; and a host of dubious fast-track sycophants.
Superintendent Bone sets about his investigation with the inscrutable professionalism for which he is renowned. And a gradual thaw begins in his private life-since the tragic death of his wife he has brought up their daughter single-handed. Bone's investigation leads him through a scandalous and ghastly series of events, all told in the delicious style that has been called "a slimmed-down, freeze-dried P. D. James."
Excellent condition for its age. Jacket has a little edgewear.« less