Instead of a party, she finds a deserted apartment except for Asa Bloch, her mother’s new assistant, who explains that Frances has just gotten married for the fourth time and is away on her honeymoon.Meg visits Edgar, her mother’s long-time agent and the closest to a parent Meg ever had, in the hospital where he is dying.
Asa has contacted Dorothy, who is willing to talk to Meg.
Desperate to make a life independent of her manipulative mother, Meg agrees and travels to Bonny Island to stay with Dorothy in the now-closed hotel.
When he’s not working or assisting the police, Gus helps his friend Beatice Vossenheimer expose fake psychics with the help of Beatrice’s 82-year-old secretary, and tries to evade Bridget Mulroney, the police PR liaison who has decided to interpret his disinterest in her as a challenge.
This well-plotted series opener features interesting characters, witty banter, and a vivid setting.
This intense debut psychological thriller delineates Carmen’s mounting paranoia, intensified by an isolated setting that echoes that of Daphne du Maurier’s , Alan Conway’s latest novel, home to work on over the weekend.
Conway’s series, an homage to golden age British mysteries, stars Atticus Pünd, a half Greek, half-German private detective in the 1950s.She takes a tattered paperback copy of from her mother’s bookshelves with her, realizing she must finally read the novel she has always avoided.Kim’s troubled mother was believed to have killed her own daughter, but Frances’s book blames eight-year-old Kitten, painting her as a psychotic killer.Gus is sure that the killer is also watching the woman on the news, and targeting her.Though his day job is working at Valley Imaging doing mammograms and sonograms, Gus has a reputation for helping to solve crimes.Elizabeth Heathcote Undertow (Park Row Books 2017, UK 2016) is the story of Carmen, a free-lance London journalist happily married to Tom Cawton, a divorced father with three children.