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Smoke alarm / Priscilla Masters.

By: Masters, Priscilla [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Masters, Priscilla, Martha Gunn: book 4.Publisher: Sutton, Surrey, U.K. : Severn House, 2012Description: 214 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780727881991 ; 072788199X .Subject(s): Gunn, Martha (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Coroners -- England -- Shrewsbury -- Fiction | Shrewsbury (England) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery stories.DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: CRIME & MYSTERY. A deadly fire reunites coroner Martha Gunn with Detective Inspector Alex Randall in the fourth book in this successful series. On a freezing February night, firemen are called to an intense blaze at the Grange in Melverley, a picturesque village just outside Shrewsbury, where the bodies of Christie Barton, her daughter, Adelaide, and father-in-law, William, are discovered, along with evidence that suggests the fire was started deliberately. Detective Inspector Alex Randall enlists the help of coroner Martha Gunn, but the puzzle deepens when a second house fire occurs and the occupant, retired nurse Monica Deverill, who answered the appeal for information about the Melverley fire, is missing. What does Monica know about the fire at the Grange, and where is she? As Martha attempts to find the answers, the investigation will lead her to a secret buried in the past.
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A deadly fire reunites coroner Martha Gunn with Detective Inspector Alex Randall in the fourth book in this successful series. nbsp;- When firemen are called to an intense blaze at the Grange in Melverley, they find the bodies of Christie Barton, her daughter, Adelaide, and father-in-law, William, along with evidence that suggests the fire was started deliberately. Detective Inspector Alex Randall enlists the help of coroner Martha Gunn, but the puzzle deepens with a second house fire - the occupant, retired nurse Monica Deverill, is missing. Where is she, and what links the two fires? The answers lie in a secret buried in the past . . .</p>

CRIME & MYSTERY. A deadly fire reunites coroner Martha Gunn with Detective Inspector Alex Randall in the fourth book in this successful series. On a freezing February night, firemen are called to an intense blaze at the Grange in Melverley, a picturesque village just outside Shrewsbury, where the bodies of Christie Barton, her daughter, Adelaide, and father-in-law, William, are discovered, along with evidence that suggests the fire was started deliberately. Detective Inspector Alex Randall enlists the help of coroner Martha Gunn, but the puzzle deepens when a second house fire occurs and the occupant, retired nurse Monica Deverill, who answered the appeal for information about the Melverley fire, is missing. What does Monica know about the fire at the Grange, and where is she? As Martha attempts to find the answers, the investigation will lead her to a secret buried in the past.

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Three members of a family die when an arson-generated fire engulfs their home. A teen son survives, as does the father who was out of town on business. Leads are slim to none. Some want to blame the deceased grandfather who had Alzheimer's and who started a house fire just six months earlier, but DI Alex Randall doesn't buy it. Coroner Martha Gunn (his sounding board) doesn't either. But when a second house burns down, the force is puzzled as to how the cases might be connected. They cannot find the second house's owner, a retired nurse. Randall suspects the teen son knows more than he's letting on, but he wants to let the boy grieve. It's not until Randall learns the grandfather had been a firefighter that the case-a sad and troubling one-breaks open. VERDICT The fourth entry in this solid procedural series (after Frozen Charlotte) showcases coroner Martha as muse for DI Alex Randall-but it's really not her case this time. Randall does open up more, suggesting more personal revelations in the future. A must-pair with Kate Ellis's recent Watching the Ghosts. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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