A Dirty Death

A Dirty Death

Book - 2000
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When irascible farmer Guy Beardon meets a very dirty death in his own farmyard, it seems like an accident at first, despite the fact that he was widely disliked. But when his daughter Lilah slowly begins to suspect foul play, no one is eager to help her investigation. Suspicion becomes certainty when two more deaths occur, both of which are unmistakably murder...

The difficulty lies in discovering who among the farmer's many enemies hated him enough to want him dead and then went on killing to conceal the truth. Could it be the disagreeable vicar? The self-absorbed widow? The crusty Wing Commander? The too-good-to-be-true freelance computer whiz? No one wants to get involved, and even the ubiquitous village gossip seems to know more than she will admit...

Set amidst the muck and mayhem of contemporary farming life, A Dirty Death is an entertaining and authentic crime debut.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.
ISBN: 9780312261443
0312261446
Branch Call Number: M/TOPE
Characteristics: 432p. 24cm.

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Cdnbookworm Feb 17, 2012

This English mystery is set on a farm near a small village. Guy Beardon is the victim of the very dirty death referred to in the book's title, drowning in a slurry pit. At first everyone, including the police assume it is an accident. But when another death occurs, second looks are taken.
Guy's daughter Lilah finds herself suspicious of everyone except her younger brother and the young policeman she went to school with. As she interacts with people from the village, she finds herself looking carefully at their actions and questioning their motives. She is also compelled to look closer at her own relationship with her father and the influence he had on her life.
An interesting mystery, as well as watching a young woman forced to face adulthood with the loss of her father, a very quick growing up.

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