"A romantic mystey"
Deputy Chief Inspector John McLeigh is unhappy when his
wife Francesca hosts several Faraday Trust School students,
including a member of his own household. Though musical
talent abounds amidst the group, John still fails to
appreciate the singing of one of the visitors unlike his
grateful wife. John especially finds the sole female of
the quartet, Catriona Roberts, quite distasteful due to her
dark outlook on life to include the scars that indicates
she slashed her wrists in the past.
Not long afterward, Catriona is found dead, an apparent
suicide. This should not surprise John who felt the girl
was self-destructive when he first met her. However, John
quickly reassesses his initial reaction as he begins to
wonder if someone murdered the coed and made it look like
Catriona finally killed herself. To his chagrin, several
people at her school, including some close to the DCI, had
motive and opportunity.
O GENTLE DEATH is an entertaining English police procedural
that returns readers to the enchanting McLeigh series. The
investigative story line succeeds because the cast seems
genuine, especially the varying valid emotions displayed by
John during the course of the novel. Janet Neel shows why
she is a Creasey award winner with a tasteful tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 5, 2001