THE MARRIAGE HEARSE.
London: Piatkus, (2006) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The tenth mystery featuring Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson and his boss Gerry Heffernan. An interesting series both for its combination of historical mysteries which parallel the contemporary story and for its protagonist: Peterson is the son of two Trinidadian doctors who emigrated to England, a university graduate with a degree in archeology and a young married father trying to balance the demands of his job with the needs of his family. "Kirsten Harbourn is found strangled and naked on her wedding day. . At Morbay register office a terrified young girl makes her wedding vows. And a few days later her bridegroom is found dead in a seedy seaside hotel. . . . Meanwhile the skeleton of a young female is found buried in a farmer's field - a field that once belonged to the family of Ralph Strong, an Elizabethan playwright whose play, 'The Fair Wife of Padua' is to be performed for the first time in four hundred years" SIGNED on the title page. 297 pp. ISBN: 0-749907835.