Backstage at the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society's production of Amadeus, nerves are fraying. On top of the fractious cast hierarchy imposed by Harold Winstanley, director and would-be impresario, cast member Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man. And where better to settle scores than the stage? On opening night, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby attends, purely as a member of the audience. But when someone turns Esslyn's final grand gesture into a very gruesome coup de theatre, Barnaby suddeny finds himself centre stage...
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 193 x 135 x 23 mm
A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud... A beautifully written crime novel The Times Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes ... lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues Mail on Sunday Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery Sunday Telegraph A witty, well-plotted, absolute joy of a book Yorkshire Post A treat ... haunting stuff Woman's Realm Wickedly acid, yet sympathetic Publishers Weekly Swift, tense and highly alarming TLS Lots of excellent character sketches ... and the dialogue is lively and convincing Independent Hard to praise highly enough The Sunday Times Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right -- Julie Burchill Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters Birmingham Post Read her and you'll be astonished ... very sexy, very hip and very funny Scotsman The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight ... do not miss this book Family Circle One to savour -- Val McDermid