Deep Sleep Author:Frances Fyfield A brief, unsettling sojourn in the country has convinced Geoffrey Bailey and Helen West that London's tarnished delights are unmatched. Happy to be back in the city's chaos, they are careful to respect on another's privacy while sharing a passionate intimacy. Immersed in their separate routines of police work and criminal law, the pair uncharact... more »eristically parry and thrust over the sudden death of Margaret Carlton, wife of the "Caring Chemist" Pip, who passed away in her sleep. Margaret's apparent good health and relative youth, together with an incomplete police report, arouse Helen's suspicions and her professional ire. Ignoring Bailey's caution to stay out of police investigations, she begins to probe into the affairs of the residents of the East End neighborhood known as Herringbone Parade.
Unctuous and agile, Pip Carlton is a chemist whose knowledge of deadly poisons is extensive; whose precise record keeping passes police muster; whose childish vulnerabilities are swathed in fantasy; and whose passion for his buxom assistant is obsessive and unspoken.
Helen delves deeper into the enigma of Margaret Carlton's death with the inspired aid of Dr. Sean Hazel, an anaethetist and endearingly humane philosopher who provides a crucial piece of information. As a sudden crisis rooted in the violent past galvanizes the residents of Herringbone Parade, a murderer, concealed by the confusion, stalks his prey...« less