A Case to Answer

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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The day Jerry Hunt meets Charlotte Frost is the day he decides to abandon his rebellious, criminal ways. Despite the fact that Jerry's been to prison and has vowed never to return, he continues to run a successful scam with his friend Pete in which Jerry sweet-talks a homeowner at the front door, while Pete breaks in at the back. But the day Jerry enters Charlotte's house, he sees something in her smile that makes him determined to stay clean.

In many ways, Charlotte, too, would like to leave her past behind and start over. Widowed after two years of marriage to Rupert, she is faced with the distrust and suspicions of her departed husband's family. But when Rupert's troubled granddaughter, Imogen, needs a place to stay, Charlotte agrees to take her in. Jerry soon befriends Imogen, and with her help he persuades Charlotte to let him renovate her garden. As their lives become more and more entangled, lies and deceits from both their pasts begin to surface, and on a night none of them will ever forget, Charlotte disappears.

A novel of subtle suspense and creeping tension, A Case to Answer is effortlessly crafted crime fiction, in which human weakness and vulnerability lead to secrets, lies and tragedy.

 

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User Review  - tina1969 - LibraryThing

This is really one of those books that doesn't match it's cover. I purchased three Margaret Yorke books because of the genre being crime, and the covers are typical for crime novels. I haven't read ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

Every Margaret Yorke I pick up is another good escapist mystery, steeped in the English country village Agatha Christie genre with a little psychological edge of Ruth Rendell. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
16
Chapter 3
26
Chapter 4
46
Chapter 5
60
Chapter 6
73
Chapter 7
90
Chapter 8
108
Chapter 14
183
Chapter 15
194
Chapter 16
208
Chapter 17
220
Chapter 18
234
Chapter 19
245
Chapter 20
260
Chapter 21
271

Chapter 9
122
Chapter 10
135
Chapter 11
151
Chapter 12
164
Chapter 13
176
Chapter 22
284
Chapter 23
300
Chapter 24
311
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About the author (2007)

Margaret Yorke, who "may be the mystery genre's foremost practitioner of the classic cozy British tale" (Booklist), is the author of many novels of suspense, including The Price of Guilt, False Pretences, and Act of Violence. She is a former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and her outstanding contribution to the genre has been recognized with the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She currently lives in Buckinghamshire.

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