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A Question Of Guilt

By Frances Fyfield

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Part of Frances Fyfield's stunning newly released digital backlist. The first in her phenomenally popular Helen West mysteries.

Eileen Cartwright is a woman who knows how to get what she wants. And she wants her handsome solicitor, despite the fact that he is already married.

She plots the murder of his wife with chilling ease - but chooses an amateur for the job. He is quickly caught, but proving Eileen's involvement is tougher for the police as meticulous planning and influence put her seemingly above the law. Brought together for the first time, Helen West, crown prosecutor, and Geoffrey Bailey, detective superintendent, are faced with this woman's defiant evil. And when she enlists the help of a young psychopath, they are pulled inexorably towards a tense climax of frightening and frenzied violence.

Biographical Notes

Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practising as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed crime novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series 'Tales from the Stave'. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.

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  • ISBN: 9781405521130
  • Publication date: 04 Oct 2012
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  • Imprint: Sphere
Her knowledge of the workings of the human mind - or more correctly the soul - is second to none — Ian Rankin
Undiluted brilliance — The Times
Fyfield's writing is always elegant and precise, her characters are finely drawn — Sunday Telegraph
Fyfield at her best is compelling, disturbing, but always elegant — Minette Walters
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When the naked body of a woman is found near the Essex commuter village of Branston the locals are as baffled as they are shocked. A crime of passion? Surely not here. But when Crown Prosecutor Helen West and Detective Superintendent Geoffrey Bailey scratch at the thin veneer of gentility they discover a hidden world of passion, envy and betrayal - primed and ready to explode . . .

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