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A sunset touch : a mystery featuring Superintendent Gil Mayo
Eccles, Marjorie.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001.

Physical Description:
208 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Thomas Dunne books."

"First published in Great Britain by Constable, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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A terrible house fire is feared to have taken the lives of two children, but when the building is searched only the body of a man is found along with definite signs of arson. Abigail Moon investigates.Meanwhile, Inspector Martin Kite looks into a vicious attack on a vicar's wife. Mayo is frustrated by the cases and no headway is made until a stolen art treasure leads both detectives down the same path, one that takes them from Poland to wartime England and on to present-day tragedy.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Eccles' latest British mystery combines deft descriptions of police procedure, a bit of wartime romance, a touch of history, elements of the psychological thriller, and plenty of unexpected twists. The charred remains of a man's body are found following a house fire in which arson is suspected. The wife of the local curate is taken to the hospital in critical condition after being viciously attacked by an intruder. With few clues but plenty of pressure to solve the two cases, Detective Sergeant Gil Mayo has his hands full. The two cases end up being linked, with an illicit World War II love affair and a stolen painting by Paul Klee igniting, decades after the fact, a wave of violence, death, and destruction. Eccles has a keen eye for the flaws and foibles of human nature and pulls no punches when it comes to showing the dark side of humanity. Her clever plotting and complex characters are thoroughly compelling, and the startling twist at the end will leave even the most experienced mystery buff utterly gobsmacked. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

A mysterious fire, a vicious attack, stolen art and two displaced Polish children all figure in to the complex, layered plot of A Sunset Touch, by British mystery pro Marjorie Eccles. Detective Superintendent Gil Mayo oversees two different cases investigated by two different inspectors, until a Klee painting leads him to a different country and a common thread. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Two cases on Superintendent Gil Mayo's turf, one of arson (in which a man dies) and one of assault, turn out to be connected to a stolen art treasure. Solid prose and skillful storytelling make this a prize among British police procedurals. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.