Killing a Unicorn

Marjorie Eccles

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A family with secrets---is murder one of them?

Membery Place has been the home of the Calvert family for over one hundred years. Below it, set in a forest clearing, is a modern, award-winning house designed by architect Mark Calvert, one of Alyssa Calvert's three sons.

Mark's wife, Francesca, has been conscious of an intriguing element of mystery surrounding Bianca Morgan ever since Chip, the eldest Calvert brother, brought her and her child to live with him at Membery. No one, except possibly Chip, knows anything about her previous life. Bianca remains an enigma---and then one day her body is found in a pool beneath a waterfall on the estate.

The three brothers have always been very close, but the subsequent inquiry now reveals that they all had their own secret connection with Bianca. Could one of them have had reason to kill her? Perhaps Jonathan, to save his career as an international cello soloist; Mark, to save his marriage---or even Chip?

The focus of the inquiry shifts dramatically when Bianca's nine-year-old son goes missing. Has the child too been killed, or has he been abducted because he saw his mother's murder? The fruitless search for Bianca's killer and the kidnapper forces Francesca to take matters into her own hands, determined to resolve the mystery of the Calvert family.

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Killing a Unicorn
Chapter OneLondon. A stifling early September afternoon, the sun beating down. Oxford Street and a million shoppers. Sheer hell.Overnight bag and briefcase in one hand, handbag over her shoulder, Fran plunges down into the arguably worse hell of the Underground at Oxford Circus. Everything conspires against her, but what's new, when you're in a hurry? Jostling her way through the shuffling crowds, she steps on to the down escalator, where a couple of tourists very nearly cause a major pile-up by stopping dead at the bottom and opening their map.

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"Keen insight into all her characters, primary and secondary, plus realistic settings, make this one of Eccles's best."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Marjorie Eccles

Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire, England. She spent her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast. The author of over twenty novels, she is also a writer of short stories and her books have been translated into many languages and serialized in British and foreign magazines.

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Killing a Unicorn
Marjorie Eccles

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
January 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312324117
ISBN10: 0312324111
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$22.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
January 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466822696
ISBN10: 1466822694
240 pages
$7.99
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