This is the first in the Inspector Thant Series originally published in 1981. Even though it is over 25 years old, it still holds up to todays standards.
Inspector Like Thanet is called into investigate the brutal death of Julie a young housewife murdered in her own home. Though married, this beautiful woman had many men interested in her, yet she seemed to spurns them all. Digging further Thanet finds many similarities to a murder some twenty years before when a then three year old Julie witnesses a murder. Thanet must decide if her past caught up with her and whether a conniving murderer plotted their revenge.
This is a great series. Dont think you need to read them in order since I havent and I dont seem to have missed anything.
The books arent easy to find but well worth the hunt.
From the back of the book: She was young, lovely--and quite dead. Her name was Julie Holmes and to the residents of quiet, treelined Gladstone Road where she had lived for only six weeks, she was quite unknown. But someone must have known her just a little...known her well enough to leave her lying by her front door with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest.
For Britian's Inspector Luke Thanet, the portrait of Julie Holmes that emerges is an unsetting one--a woman emotionally troubled, gifted with great beauty but unresponsive to men, including her own husband and a former lover. Why was Julie unable to form close relationships? And who could have wished her dead...a frustrated lover, perhaps? A deadly operator from Thanet's long list of present day suspects? Or someone from Julie's murky past who has nothing at all to lose by killing once again...
Nice read. Likeable characters, good plot lines.
This book was my first experience of reading a work by Dorothy Simpson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Inspector Thanet and Detective Sergeant Lineham are likeable characters with a good working chemistry. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this English mystery series. It was a guessing game until the end.
Many possibilities as to who the real murder is. Very good story.
Good mystery. I will read more by this author