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Title:
Eleven that went up to heaven
Author:
Fraser, Anthea.
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Publication Information:
Sutton, [Eng.] ; New York : Severn House, 1999.
Physical Description:
218 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727854025
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Book

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Summary

Summary

When Richard Vine, wealthy businessman and proprietor of Beckworth Grange, organises a publicity event with twenty guests who all share his name, he little imagines that a few hours later nine of them would be dead. A fatal road accident leaves DCI David Webb with a bewildering array of 'Richard Vines' to be traced, accounted for and investigated.

The other victim was the minibus driver, John Bainbridge, a man apparently admired, respected and loved by all. Webb and Sergeant Jackson find it hard to believe he could be that saintly and start to dig for the truth behind the image. Meanwhile, an amateur Writing School opens at Beckworth Grange with its army of would-be sleuths and eccentrics all doing their best to help -- or hinder -- police inquiries. But for 'their' Richard Vine, the unwelcome news is that this was no accident, that his name may well be the key, and that he might still be the target for murder...


Author Notes

Anthea Fraser's mother was a published novelist who encouraged her to write. She didn't start writing seriously until after she was married and took a course with the London School of Journalism. Before she had completed the class she had published short stories in the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, and South Africa, Her first major success was "Laura Possessed". She has since published forty-seven novels covering the supernatural, romantic suspense, and crime. She has sixteen novels in the DCI David Webb series and ten in the Rona Parish series (the latest being "Retribution" (2017).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Richard Vine, the wealthy owner of a conference center, throws a party for 20 Richard Vines--men who share his name--as a publicity stunt. On the way home from the party, 10 guests die in a bus crash, and shortly afterward, a woman is murdered while attending a writing seminar at the conference center. Detective Chief Inspector David "Spider" Webb and his Shillingham CID colleagues must follow a quickly cooling trail to determine a motive and find the killer. This straightforward police procedural has a good pace, is fluently written, and offers a competently developed plot. Fraser is a genre veteran who turns out a steady stream of solid if rather ordinary British crime novels. This one is typical of her oeuvre: mainstream genre fare that sticks close to formula but connects the dots with skill if no particular flair. Recommended where the author's many previous works are popular. --John Rowen


Library Journal Review

A bizarre conference center publicity stunt backfires when a minibus wreck kills ten people, half of them with the same name, Richard Vine. When police discover sabotage, Detective Chief Inspector David Webb gets the case. Despite thorough background searches, his investigators fail to find any motive until the owner of the center (another Richard Vine) receives a threatening letter and phone calls, and another suspicious death occurs. Life goes on, meanwhile, for a neglected wife, a dissatisfied secretary, a sensitive writing instructor, and others. More excellent procedural work from a British mystery author in fine fettle. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.