Joyce Holms - Hidden Depths
Here is the newest Fizz and Buchanan adventure. This time, Fizz's best
friend from art school has disappeared, as has a Rubens painting she was
cleaning. Irene's boyfriend, Ken, asks Fizz and Tam for help because he
is very worried and the police don't seem to be efficient.
Irene and Ken were working at a manor house, Abbeyfield, so off go our
intrepid lawyer/sleuths to solve the probIem. Of course, if they are seen
to be interfering with the police in any way, they could lose their jobs.
Tam worries more about this than Fizz who tends to dash off at the sound
of an idea.
They meet Sir Douglas Fergusson and his sister, Lady Marjory, the staff
at the estate, and the elderly Nanny.' Tam is attracted to the head
gardener, a lovely woman named Eddie. (Fizz does not find out that Eddie
is female for some time.) An unpleasant and spiteful woman tells them
that Irene left the estate when Ken was away for hours, intimating that
she was having an affair. While Fizz doubted the affair part, they have
to track her movements to see if they could find Irene. They also tramp
through the woods and fields trying to find her or her body. They have
all lost hope of finding her alive. The police are searching for the Rubens
painting which seems to have disappeared completely.
Along the way, we learn more about what makes, Fizz tick. Her grandfather
who raised her warned her about getting too close to anyone, and she tries
to keep a tight leash on her emotions.
This is a delightful book in the series I thoroughly enjoy. Published
in Britain, I ordered it from Alibris.com. The publisher is Allison and
Busby, hard cover ISBN: 0-74908-317-4
Sara Berger Editor, Mysterious Women