A Dangerous Deceit
by Marjorie Eccles

The key to unlocking a series of murders in 1920s’ Worcestershire lies in South Africa – and a devastating 20-year-old secret

February, 1927.
The remains of an unidentified middle-aged man are found beneath the snow in the grounds of Maxtead Court, home of the wealthy Scroope family. Meanwhile, Margaret Rees-Talbot is preparing for her wedding to the Rev Symon Scroope – to the disapproval of some residents of the small market town of Folbury, who think it’s too soon after the death of Margaret’s father Osbert, found drowned in his bath a few months previously. An accident – or was there more to it than that?

Before he died, Osbert had been writing an account of his experiences as a soldier during the Second Boer War. But what really happened in South Africa back in 1902? Could there be a connection to his death? Then a second death occurs. And it becomes increasingly clear to the investigating DI Herbert Reardon that at least one Folbury resident has a shocking secret to hide.

Reviews

Stately standalone from Eccles

Publishers Weekly

Good period ambiance, a rich cast of characters, and numerous plot twists make this mixture of period drama and police procedural a gripping and satisfying read.

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Marjorie Eccles

Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast. She is the author of many crime novels, including the Gil Mayo police procedurals – which were adapted for television by the BBC – and the DI Herbert Reardon historical mysteries. She has one grown-up son and now lives in Buckinghamshire.

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Editions

A Dangerous Deceit by Marjorie Eccles is available in the following formats

Ebook97817801045771st December 2013N/A224$10.99
Ebook97817801045771st December 2013N/A224£8.99
Paperback97818475184081st February 2018140 X 215mm224$17.95
Paperback978184751840830th November 2017140 X 215mm224£12.99
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