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Review by Kerrie Smith
Ladies of Class
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The fact that Laura Clayton is about to die comes
as no surprise – in fact we are told that it will happen right from the beginning of LADIES OF CLASS. The reason for
her death however is not clear. Laura has lived in the English village of Burshill
for thirty years. Widowed for five years, she is a pillar of the community, highly regarded by the vicar and his wife, and
an old friend of the Chief Constable. She shouldn’t have had an enemy in the world, but her death proves that she did.
When two more women die, both of whom knew Laura, then the police need to look for more links.
Newly promoted Detective
Chief Inspector Richard Hayward broke his leg, not in the course of his duties, but by slipping on a patch of ice. So his
mother Ella is helping him move into his new house at Burshill. The Chief Constable requests that Richard make an early return
to work to take on the Laura Clayton case. Richard’s New Zealand
born wife Kate has gone home to visit her sick father and Ella becomes his sounding board in an increasingly complex and tricky
LADIES OF CLASS is written very much in the style of the village cosy, with many of the hallmarks of Golden Age
writing. Despite the fact that three deaths occur in quick succession, they are presented in that peculiarly flat, almost
bloodless, style characteristic of the period. Dialogue dominates the structure of the novel, and the author tends to underline
the importance of certain events and statements, presumably to ensure that we don’t miss their significance.
me there were things that didn’t quite work given the period of the setting, which I thought was the late 1960s. Long
distance telephone calls have to be booked, in keeping with the times, while long distance aeroplane journeys seem to be accomplished
in very short time. The author’s attempt to render cockney speech verbatim was just a little irritating too, but she
attempted it, thankfully, with just one character.
Despite these minor annoyances, the plot is well woven, the characters
carefully drawn, and there was just enough to trouble “the little grey cells.” There are plenty of readers who
will find this a satisfying read. The first chapter of LADIES OF CLASS can be read online at http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/200...
Marjorie Owen died at the age of 93, leaving four handwritten books, and
over fifty short stories. She wrote for her own pleasure and never had any of her work published. Her daughter Dee Owen is
attempting to transcribe all her works and attempting to get them published.
smik | Nov 2, 2007 |