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The Body of a Woman

The Body of a Woman

A Superintendent Mike Yeadings Mystery

Superintendent Mike Yeadings Mysteries (Volume 16)

Clare Curzon

Minotaur Books

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Clare Curzon sets her crimes in the leafy Thames Valley, a lovely enough part of old England where one of the old villages seem right out of a nineteenth-century painting. But people are the same mix of good and bad whatever scenery surrounds them, and Superintendent Mike Yeadings has as much human dissolution to deal with as if he policed the London streets. Searching for a killer in The Body of a Woman, the superintendent and his sergeants, Beaumont and Rosemary Zyczynski, encounter as diverse a group of involved citizens as could be found anywhere.

The victim herself is a puzzle. The corpse, clad in carnival dress and with a huge bird's-head mask hiding her face, is revealed to be a respectable, conservatively behaved woman of the town, a woman whom no one would ever have imagined made up and dressed so bizarrely. How did she come, not only to be brutally murdered, but done up so garishly? Yeadings and his team must look in every direction, starting with the dead woman's womanizing professor husband and her distressed teenage stepdaughter. How is the star-crossed mathematician (who studies chaos theory at the roulette table) connected to the dead woman? Through his drug-damaged son? Could she have been close to---have even known the successful bookie, his family, his bodyguards? The police have good reasons for looking at all the people in this psychological merry-go-round, and another attempted murder only complicates their work, spreading the suspicion to touch even more of the town's kaleidoscope of citizens.

As always, at the center of Curzon's suspenseful and puzzling story is the likeable, reliable Yeadings, as genuine a police officer as any you might find in the English countryside. He goes after his villains armed with a mix of experience and common sense---and real-life personal problems that only add to his believability. Readers can be certain that Inspector Yeadings and his sergeants will get their prey---if only after overcoming highly suspenseful odds.

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The Body of a Woman

The Body
Chapter 1
Friday, 2 July


'Beautiful,' he whispered, watching himself slit-eyed in the tilted cheval glass. With one long forefinger he traced the wingspan...

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Praise for The Body of a Woman

"Curzon is at her best portraying very different characters, all of whom seem very real, even the sickest of the group." - Booklist

"The best sort of British police procedural. ... Can be read as a stand-alone." - Reviewing the Evidence

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About the author

Clare Curzon

Clare Curzon has written and published more than thirty novels, under that name and as "Rhonda Petrie" and "Marie Buchanan." Her previous work has taken her to many European countries, but now she lives and writes at her home in Buckinghamshire, England.

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