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To kill a wife
Gregson, J. M. (James Michael)
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 1999.
Physical Description:
220 pages ; 23 cm
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It is a will-known fact that most murder victims know their murderers -- usually very well. So when Verna Hume is found strangled in her own home the police immediately turn to her husband, and when it becomes apparent that the couple did not get on, they arrest him.

But one man is unconvinced. Detective Inspector Peach finds it hard to believe that the mild-mannered Martin Hume is capable of killing anyone, and sets out to prove it. With the investigation reopened, it soon becomes evident that Verna Hume had a talent for making people dislike her and was universally loathed, especially by her close family and friends. Now, Peach is faced with six suspects, all with motives, all with the opportunity and all with something to hide...

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Booklist Review

Martin Hume, an English accountant, is savoring a plan to murder Verna, his mean, two-timing wife, but someone beats him to it. Detective Inspector "Percy" Peach and Detective Sergeant Lucy Blake use imagination and dogged legwork to find Verna's murderer in a field of six equally suspicious suspects. This third Percy Peach mystery is a fine police procedural boasting brisk pace, vividly drawn characters, and a big school of red herring positioned strategically near the book's climax. Both Gregson's villains and his cops are full-bodied, strikingly individualized characters who will delight fans of such other hard-nosed British cops as Harrod-Eagle's Bill Slider and Robinson's Alan Bates. Peach himself makes a memorable hero, as distinctive as Inspector Morse but less brooding. --John Rowen

Library Journal Review

Originally published in England, this sequel to Missing, Presumed Dead (Severn House, 1997) showcases the fractious relationship between Detective Inspector Peach and his boss, Chief Superintendent Tucker. In this case, Tucker has too quickly arrested Martin Hume for murdering his wife, Vera. Peach believes the man innocent and sets out to prove it with his attractive partner, Lucy, easily finding that the conniving, hateful, and mean Vera had many enemiesÄespecially her husband (who, ironically, planned to kill her but did not), sister, lover(s), father, and business partner. Well done, suspenseful, and engaging. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.