Death ...and taxes Willow King, civil servant, and Cressida Woodruffe, author of sweeping romances, are one and the same. But it is the former who's called into play when she is asked to probe the case of Fiona Fydgett, a famous art historian whose tax affairs are under investigation by Inland Revenue. By all accounts, Fiona killed herself--and ...
Death ...and taxes Willow King, civil servant, and Cressida Woodruffe, author of sweeping romances, are one and the same. But it is the former who's called into play when she is asked to probe the case of Fiona Fydgett, a famous art historian whose tax affairs are under investigation by Inland Revenue. By all accounts, Fiona killed herself--and whispers of harassment by the tax office needs to be explored. But when Willow's police officer husband is mysteriously shot, and a fire in the tax office kills the investigator on the Fydgett case and nearly kills Willow, a simple case turns both urgent and very personal ...'A strong heroine, an inventive plot with an unexpected climax ...' Booklist '...clever, unpredictable and thoroughly absorbing.' Publishers Weekly 'An elegant sleuth.' Cosmopolitan
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-06-05 In her fifth appearance (after Festering Lillies), London's Willow King-civil servant by day; romance writer by night; sleuth by necessity-takes on both death and taxes. The late Fiona Fydgett, an art dealer, was driven to suicide, according to her sister, by an overzealous Inland Revenue agent. Willow, who lives like the pampered heroines of her novels, is asked by the squeaky-clean Minister for Rights and Charters to help investigate possible agency abuse. Whether sketching Willow's mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Rusham, who manages to be caring while keeping her distance, or describing plodding, idiosyncratic bureaucrats, Cooper deftly sketches her characters, lacing the charm with plenty of menace. Just as Willow's inquiry is picking up steam, someone sets a fatal fire in her office building, and Tom, her detective husband, is shot while on duty. Exerting her iron self-control nearly to the breaking point, Willow triumphs and finds the killer. Material that might have been overwrought in less sure hands becomes, under Cooper's direction, clever, unpredictable and thoroughly absorbing. (July)
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