The suburban area of Bankhill is a seemingly quiet, affluent area. But when Detective Chief Inspector Hunter is drawn into the secrecy and deception surrounding the prominent Mannering family, his preconceptions are sorely challenged. Floy Mannering, a wealthy and charming survivor of a forgotten age, is temporarily cared for by Daisy, the daughter of her best friend. But Daisy’s devotion to Floy and the need to protect her from the claims of the appalling Skinner family lead to desperate measures. As a shocking murder sparks more manipulation, suspicion and danger, DCI Hunter finds himself sorting through his allegiances to see if his vision has been blurred by personal involvement.
©2005 Meg Elizabeth Atkins (P)2006 Soundings
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"Stereotypical classist story"
This was written in 2005 but fits better in the genre of the 1950's. The authors characterisation of working class (feckless and dishonest) and upper middle class (to be shielded and protected and can do no wrong) are shockingly stereotypical.
I found the main character (Daisy) irritating and not at all convincing. The plot depended on some very insecure suppositions and obscure relationships.
In all I did not have much sympathy for any of the characters and only listened to the end in case there may have been a twist which tried to switch my nonexistant sympathy towards the working class characters.
Peter Wickham did a valiant job, switching his accents skillfully but it didn't save the story for me.
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