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Fate Worse Than Death (Inspector Quantrill #5)

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The flavor is delicious said Publishers Weekly about this fifth in the Inspector Quantrill series, set as always in a small Suffolk town, and concerning, in roughly equal measure, Quantrill's investigation of a vanished young woman and the efforts of his deputy, the uber-Yuppie Martin Tait, to persuade a rich old relative to rewrite her will in his favor.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1985 by Constable
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Damaskcat
Jan 09, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
Beryl Websdell’s garden gnome has been kidnapped and she has received a ransom note demanding jelly beans as payment and the gnome will be returned to her. At the same time her daughter disappears, three days before her wedding. Has her daughter been kidnapped as well? Beryl doesn’t believe so and the police are puzzled but not unduly worried.

DI Tait is getting on well with both his flying and his courtship of DCI Quantrill’s daughter, Alison. He is currently on leave and staying with his wealt
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Jul 06, 2013 Ant Harrison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fate Worse Than Death is as easy-read mystery from little-known author Sheila Radley. The story concerns the abduction and death of a village girl in a close-knit east Anglian community. The police, led by recurring characters Quantrill and Tait, struggle to find a motive for the apparently senseless crime. Tait's personal life forms one of the sub-plots as he tries to come to terms with his ageing aunt's failing health, as well as perusing Quantrill's daughter as a potential wife.

The central m
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Tracey
Aug 06, 2008 Tracey rated it liked it
I just started reading this book. I recently discovered the author Sheila Radley. As a fan of British police procedurals I am happy to have discovered another author. This will be the third Radley book I've read. It alternates between a kidnapped young woman and the village and police story, a different approach than the other two books in this series featuring Detective Inspector Douglas Quantrill and Inspector Martin Tait.
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Jun 20, 2010 Sandybjork rated it really liked it
the fifth Inspector Quantrill Mystery reissued by Felony and Mayhem Press.....liked the whole series
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Jan 31, 2010 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries-read, 2010
An underrated author. I'll leave to a Brit to say whether the depiction of ye olde country village is accurate. The characterizations of the actors are excellent.
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Good solid mystery, although with a host of unpleasant characters, and almost the only nice people end up dead or in trouble. I hate that. Oh well, at least the rotten people don't flourish too much.
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Sheila Mary Robinson was born and brought up in rural Northamptonshire, one of the fortunate means-tested generation whose further education was free. She went from her village school via high school to London University, where she read history.

She served for nine years as an education officer in the Women’s Royal Air Force, then worked variously as a teacher, a clerk in a shoe factory, a civil s
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