A quick cut, a fountain of blood and it was over for Dr. Lional Clare, found with his throat slashed as his shining white Rover rolled out of the carwash into a wall. The police called it suicide - until they discovered within the same twenty four hours, Dr. Clare's mother, lying in state on her bed, her lifeless hand clasped by her twin vrother who was seated in the bedside wing chair, sightless and silent as the grave. A bizzare tableau indieed for Superindentent Robert Bone, as he picks his way through a family whose tangles affairs could lead any of a number of suspects to murder. From a charming wastrel son and his judo-chopping journalist girlfriend to a cast-off husband and his doting, hatchet faced housekeeper. Bone follows clues and kin through a housefull of wooden dummies to catch an insidious killer whose work is not yet done.
Stacy... reads like a stripped down Ruth Rendell." according to Charlotte (NC) Observer. "A person who reads a lot of traditional murder mysteries, begins to long for something a bit unusual. Suzannah Stacy's Grave Responsibility is oblique enough to qualify." says the Associated Press. "Elegantly twisty... with a macabre panache, formidably sustained... [Stacy is] is by now as indespensable as Mark's & Spencer, but far wittier." states the Sunday Times. "The scene's set early with a nifty little murder. The writting's crisp and well-paced and the outcome is worth waiting for, but the real strength of this work is the Decidedly Odd characters... aa fun read." quotes the Sunday News (Manchester, NH)
A reviewer writes, "..... a bit unusual.....elegantly twisty.... with a macabre panache, formidably sustained...."