Twenty-five years ago Livia Claughton was sentenced to life
imprisonment for killing her husband and his mistress. The
trial judge called her a harpy while passing the sentence.
The moniker stuck and when Livia was paroled at seventy-
five years of age after serving her full sentence, the
tabloid press covered the event.
Cass Evesham, a high flyer stockbroker never even knew that
Livia was her grandmother until the media tracked her
down. Out of curiosity and a sense of family, Cass visits
her grandmother in Cumbria, a meeting that is fraught with
tension and other suppressed emotions. It is only when
Livia's life is placed in danger does Cass come to realize
how much she truly does care about her grandmother.
Clare Layton, known to mystery fans as Natasha Cooper, has
written a poignant drama about people and their
expectations. The heroine of this tale is an elderly woman
who has come out of prison as a kind and strong person who
won't back down for anyone when she believes she's right.
CLUTCH OF PHANTOMS is a novel that takes you two steps
beyond the edge.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 30, 2002