Murder at the Altar

Murder at the Altar

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When recently widowed Ellie Quicke realizes that she lives across the street from a homicide crime scene, she becomes concerned that the murderer might suspect that Ellie was a witness to the crime.

Blackwell North Amer
Ellie Quicke is struggling to re-establish her place in life after her husband's death.
As she begins to come to terms with her circumstances a brutal murder takes place in the church opposite. Is this something to do with the fighting couple next door? Or are the police as mistaken in their enquiries as she suspects? Ellie's mind is fogged by sleeping pills, but she's sure she saw something important that night.
In the meantime, her relatives are vying for their share of her husband's will, and more than one potential suitor is already on the scene.
Ellie begins to weigh up the strange goings-on in the neighborhood. Does the boy next door know more than he's saying? The murder victim's mother is missing. And something is happening to Ellie. A personality more astute and capable is emerging from her unassuming past. Perhaps there is more to her than people imagine after all. But soon her own life is under threat.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2000
ISBN: 9780002740739
0002740737
Branch Call Number: M HELEY
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 29, 2017

This is the first book in the Ellie Quicke series by Veronica Heley. Ellie's husband has recently died, she seems to have been using her time and energy to help everyone in her church community plus volunteering at a charity shop. She leads such a sheltered life that she cannot drive or use a computer. Her husband took care of the finances and earned the living as well as being on church committees. This seems to have given her husband's aunt and her own daughter the impression that she's incapable of taking care of herself and can be bullied into doing whatever they want. When a ne'er-do-well, who runs a business buying and fixing up old cars to sell at a profit, is murdered and left at the altar of Ellie's church across from her backyard, her neighbor is the prime suspect. Ellie does not believe it, and befriends the young woman. Heley uses inserts from the bad guys to let us know that they think she has seen something that will incriminate them, and they are trying to kill her to be sure that they will not be caught. Unwittingly, she foils every plot against her, which results in a few laughs at their expense; however, they are in deadly earnest and the reader keeps turning the pages hoping that they will not manage to maim or kill her before someone discovers their evil deeds. Heley's characters pulled me in and kept me captive until I finished the book. She is a great suspense writer.

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