Mark Treasure has no idea that accompanying his actress wife on location to a picturesque West Country town could possibly lead to murder ...The merchant banker is asked by Chiversley's area bishop to become involved in the financial affairs of the local convent -- a convent with only three nuns left in residence and assets worth eleven million ...
Mark Treasure has no idea that accompanying his actress wife on location to a picturesque West Country town could possibly lead to murder ...The merchant banker is asked by Chiversley's area bishop to become involved in the financial affairs of the local convent -- a convent with only three nuns left in residence and assets worth eleven million pounds. But this simple challenge develops into a double murder mystery when it becomes clear that one of the people already responsible for managing the convent finances has died in suspicious circumstances, and when a second is found half-naked and strangled soon after leaving an important dinner party. And what of a callous arson attack on the convent itself? Convinced that the police are about to arrest the wrong suspect, Treasure must use all his experience and ingenuity to uncover important evidence and unravel a complex web of deception. But time is against him and a killer is on the loose ...'As always, Williams maintains suspense while keeping the masks of comedy and tragedy spinning like tops.' Sunday Times
Publishers Weekly, 1992-01-01 Investment banker and amateur sleuth Mark Treasure makes his 14th appearance in this uncharacteristically tedious tale. Asked to serve as a trustee for a convent in England's West Country, Treasure soon learns that all but one of the shareholders on the board support dissolution of the 11 million assets of the convent, where only three nuns reside. The demanding historical and legal intricacies of the trust overshadow a mugging that fells the convent's elderly organist, which is followed by a suspicious fire that destroys the convent. When one of nuns, who has been printing copies of rare colonial British stamps, dies, Treasure must discover who was supplying her with ink and motivation. The trust remains a red herring, the scent of which grows stronger when the one hold-out shareholder is murdered. Unfortunately none of the players warrants great suspicion, so the resolution unfolds with little power. Williams's earlier exploration of troubled churches, Holy Treasure! , was more successful. (Feb.)
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