Bea Abbot is asked to find the man or woman who laid a booby trap for Sir Lucas Ossett, the powerful head of an international company, in his own black of flats. She finds Sir Lucas’s wife in a state of fear, while gossiping elderly ladies cast doubt on the probity of their neighbours; these include a ‘therapist’, an ex-employee of Sir Lucas’s, and a cross-section of yuppies and oddballs with life-threatening problems. Call-girl cards have been left in tenants’ letterboxes, a cat has met an untimely end, and snow is forecast. Sir Lucas’s influence reaches out to touch and perhaps corrupt even those nearest to Bea, while trivial incidents escalate into violence and death.
Veronica Heley will celebrate the publication of her 69th book this summer, having been in the business for over 30 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Bea Abbot detective stories. She also produces some short stories for The Methodist Recorder and other Christian magazines. She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time. She has been a member of a book reading club for 40 years, but has decided that life is too short to read depressing literature any more.