Death in the Family

Death in the Family

By Jill McGown

Fawcett Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345458490, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2004

When Dean Fletcher fell for a blonde nymphet named Kayleigh Scott, he managed to ruin his life. Kayleigh had told him she was eighteen. In truth, she was not quite thirteen and poor Dean was soon off to prison, a convicted sex offender, still smitten with his adolescent lover.
Now he's finally free again, only to be ensnared by two crimes that have Chief Detective Inspector Lloyd pulling out what's left of his hair. One is an infant kidnapping; the other is the murder of Kayleigh's mother on the very eve of the family's sudden move to Australia. Lloyd thinks he hears the ring of truth in Dean's declarations of innocence. But with his partner Judy out on maternity leave, he ll have to pick his way alone through this minefield of birth, death, murder, and domestic evil.

Praise For Death in the Family

Mystery Scene

“McGown’s expertly crafted, fast-moving plot contains enough red herrings to keep even the most astute readers on their toes. . . . This is a stellar must-read, bound to delight existing fans and send newcomers seeking the rest of the series.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Complex . . . Intense . . . Engrossing . . . McGown conjures up an abundant array of suspects, all with credible motives. Their lives intertwine in clever and often ironic ways, and the author’s writing style smoothly shifts the point of view between these characters.”
The Mystery Review

“Both fans and mystery lovers just looking for a good read will savor McGown’s rich, detailed character studies and dead-on dialogue.”

“McGown weaves one of her most tangled webs until a climactic revelation bares the ugly truth in a single masterstroke.”
Kirkus Reviews