Cut Off His Tale

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Dundurn, 2005 - Fiction - 251 pages
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The starter's gun explodes, and Hollis Grant excitedly begins her very first marathon race, only to stumble almost immediately over a body lying in the road, the body of the Reverend Paul Robertson, her soon-to-be ex-husband. When the crush of runners passes and the medics arrive, it becomes clear that the Reverend has not collapsed from the rigours of the race, but has been brutally stabbed. Although Hollis has emotionally distanced herself from her husband some time ago, her challenge now - before the police make her, as the estranged wife, the prime suspect - is to find out who, among his many detractors, would hate the Reverend enough to stick a knife in his back. Could it be a parishioner at his church who dislikes his activist stance towards gay marriage? Could it be one troubled soul among the many who have sought his psychological counselling and then found themselves laid bare in the Reverend's latest book? Or could it be the angry husband of one of the church ladies whom the charming Reverend has bedded? As Hollis and Detective Rhona Simpson probe the secretive life of Paul Robertson, they discover multiple motives for hatred and murder. As the murderer comes after Hollis herself, the solution to his murder takes on the urgency of life and death.

 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
10
Chapter Three
24
Chapter Four
36
Chapter Five
58
Chapter Six
74
Chapter Seven
87
Chapter Eight
101
Chapter Twelve
155
Chapter Thirteen
166
Chapter Fourteen
174
Chapter Fifteen
181
Chapter Sixteen
196
Chapter Seventeen
211
Chapter Eighteen
218
Chapter Nineteen
225

Chapter Nine
115
Chapter Ten
125
Chapter Eleven
143
Chapter Twenty
237
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About the author (2005)

Joan Boswell has had work published in magazines and anthologies. As a member of the group of writers called the Ladies' Killing Circle, she has had stories in each of their seven anthologies. She has published four Hollis Grant mysteries. She lives in Toronto.

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