In the fourth Polly Deacon mystery, pregnant and grumpy, Polly yearns to escape the increasingly annoying advice of family and friends. When an opportunity comes up to travel to England to attend a puppetry conference, she jumps at it, in spite of her "delicate condition". The trouble starts when someone tries to steal her luggage at the airport, and by the time she arrives in Canterbury, she knows someone’s stalking her. When another woman is found dead, a mangled puppet nearby, the question arises - is Polly next? Set against the backdrop of the ancient town where Thomas Becket was murdered, this fourth Polly Deacon mystery places puppet-maker Polly in the middle of a pea-souper fog, eluding a persistent thug, refusing to cooperate with the police and desperately trying to stay out of trouble. This is hard to do - when you’re sleuthing for two.
About the Author
H. Mel Malton was born in England and emigrated with her family to Canada in the 1960s. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and her first mystery novel, Down in the Dumps was short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her first young adult series, The Alan Nearing Mysteries, began with The Drowned Violin, and was followed by Pioneer Poltergeist. She lives in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's always fun as a Canuck to read a book based on geography and cultures that I'm familiar with :D. The heroine, Polly, was an absolute hoot, and I loved the way the story wove around her impending pregnancy, mishandled relationships, and rather trying times with luggage!I haven't seen a female character in a mystery novel this fun for a long time, and I appreciated her tough candor and bull-headed plunge into life. The mystery was well developed, though I think I would have preferred a bit more realism in her reaction to the death of an acquaintance. I also didn't think her character wouldn't have clued in far earlier, but still, the writing was so much fun, and I finished this book in an afternoon. Very good read.