Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       June 27, 2013

 

Author  Mary Higgins Clark

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781849837064
Publisher:         Simon & Schuster
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Website:    http://www.simonandschuster.com.au 

The Queen of suspense is back with an intriguing mystery set in the world of Antique Furniture Reproduction. Who would ever have thought this often dry and frequently dusty world could hold all the elements of murder, hatred, jealousy and family violence.

An explosion during the night, which levelled the family owned and run business of Connelly Fine Reproductions sees up and coming designer Hannah Connelly’s sister Kate hospitalised and in a coma, become the prime suspecting the devastation fire.

Hannah starts to question some of the assumptions being made, mainly what could have been the cause of Kate being in the Factory at the time of the fire.

The further she digs the more becomes revealed about the family history, that the accepted stories about a boating accident claiming the life of her Uncle, while the man she knows as her Father survived, may not be correct. Old tragedies and deep superstition as are bought to the surface and do not survive the light of modern day scrutiny. 

The further Hannah investigates the fire the more danger she is placing herself and her sister Kate into as she discovers all is not as it seems at Connolly’s Fine Reproductions.

Who is trying to kill Kate and what is the family secret that is worth protecting by murder? What is the message Kate whispered into her Fathers ear in a moment of lucidity? And what does the recluse who has lived at the rear of the Factory for years have to do with the Factory fire and the Connelly family.

All these questions and more rise to the top in a ways that could only uncover a deadly secret someone is prepared to go to great lengths to keep hidden.

For all you amateur armchair Detectives, look out for the twist in the tail. Just as you thought you had solved the mystery and found the killer – have you really? And no reading the last page!