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Sunday, 26 June 2011
A Quiet Death by Marcia Talley
Severn House, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7278-8041-3
When she is discharged from hospital she finds in the sack from the hospital containing her clothes and other effects, the Garfinkel bag. Her enquires at the hospital for someone called Skip meet with a blank. In an effort to trace him Hannah opens his bag and finds a number of letters. The fascination of uncovering someone’s life from letters reminded me of Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert when the background to a mystery was solved from the contents of the accumulated documents held by the solicitors over a period of years. To say that this is a fascinating mystery is an understatement, I was riveted. Couldn’t even put it down to make a sandwich.
I have long been a fan of Marcia Talley’s books and have read them all, and can say that this is the best. Mystery apart my favourite sentence in the book is ‘No scientific instrument yet invented is sensitive enough to measure how little I care about football’. – way to go girl!
Marcia's first book Sing it to Her Bones, was published in 1999. Since then she has published eight further books in the series featuring breast cancer surviver Hannah Ives. Titles are: Unbreathed Memories, Occasion of Revenge, In Deaths Shadow, This Enemy Town, Through the Darkness, Dead Men Dancing, Without A Grave, All Things Undying.