A classic mystery from the Silver Dagger award-winning author. The second book in the Inspector Thanet series.
Curiosity always kills the cat.
Investigating the murder of a rather unpleasant spinster in peaceful Kent, Inspector Thanet is perplexed. But it seems that everyone has underestimated this most unlikely corpse. She was a keeper of secrets: a surprising amount of her own and a quite astonishing amount of everyone else's.
As Thanet digs deeper, all sorts of things emerge from the shadows: an alcoholic pianist, a wardrobe of disguises, forbidden love affairs - there is a lot more to this tranquil town than meets the eye. And just as Thanet convinces himself he's found the answer, he stumbles upon the true explanation; something more bizarre and tragic than he could ever have contemplated . . .
Simpson can disinter the past with the best of them, and her portrait of a small community is matchless - The Times
Dorothy Simpson is a contemporary Agatha Christie, renowned for weaving murder mysteries round credible characters in very English settings - Annabel
Thrillers that are both well written and crisply plotted do not come along every day, so a Dorothy Simpson novel is a welcome and engrossing treat - The Lady
All the traditional home comforts of English village murder, with a final twist - Observer
A Triumph - Literary Review
Deft double-plotting - Washington Post
Masterly . . . holds the reader's interest not merely on every page but with pretty nearly every word - Eastern Daily Press