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the former lady mayoress of torquay is found murdered in a hotel room, apparently by the man with whom she was having a secret affair. but di stafford paulson is unable to find any suspects. however a local journalist called julian brace discovers that a similarly rich lady has died in mysterious circumstances at about the same time each year for the last five years. as the sixth summer holiday period approaches panic rises in the local society.
meanwhile susannah blake, a lonely former tv leading lady married to a big london businessman who is away most of the time, finds herself becoming friends with richard harris. it gradually deepens into an affair.
at police headquarters the deputy chief constable has borrowed a bright young university graduate from new scotland yard to show the provincials how it’s done. dci charlotte faraday is twenty-nine, clever, attractive and independent. she has developed a new computer programme which can rapidly search a huge amount of historical dat... (Read more) the former lady mayoress of torquay is found murdered in a hotel room, apparently by the man with whom she was having a secret affair. but di stafford paulson is unable to find any suspects. however a local journalist called julian brace discovers that a similarly rich lady has died in mysterious circumstances at about the same time each year for the last five years. as the sixth summer holiday period approaches panic rises in the local society.
meanwhile susannah blake, a lonely former tv leading lady married to a big london businessman who is away most of the time, finds herself becoming friends with richard harris. it gradually deepens into an affair.
at police headquarters the deputy chief constable has borrowed a bright young university graduate from new scotland yard to show the provincials how it’s done. dci charlotte faraday is twenty-nine, clever, attractive and independent. she has developed a new computer programme which can rapidly search a huge amount of historical data to throw up links for the detectives to follow. paulson and his team are instructed to co-operate with her.
faraday and paulson start looking for connections between the five deaths. information on another suicide provides the link. from that they discover the name of the man they are looking for. but where is he? who will he choose this year? is susannah blake in danger? the gigabyte detective is under pressure to find the murderer before he kills again.
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