Eric Wright is the author of four detective series. The first Charlie Salter book won the Arthur Ellis Award, the John Creasey Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award. Wright has also written a comic novel and an engaging memoir of growing up in working-class London, England.
Death on the Rocks
When private detective Lucy Trimble is retained by Greta Golden to find the identity of the ominous lurking stranger who Greta is certain is following her, it doesnâ€™t appear to be too challenging a mystery. Lucy has no trouble learning who her clientâ€™s pursuer is: a British investigator has been engaged to probe into Gretaâ€™s life. But the question of what he is trying to discover about Greta, and why, begins to truly complicate the case. This revelation soon opens up further questions about Gretaâ€™s own identity and, more specifically, the identities of her mother and father.
Lucyâ€™s investigation leads her to Cornwall, England, where there still live witnesses to Gretaâ€™s birth and her fatherâ€™s death. Lucy slowly begins to put the fragments of the puzzle together, but it is only when Greta joins Lucy in England that she is able to find the missing piece, and begins to confront her own rapidly evolving and more complicated personal life.
As in Wrights other novels, there is plenty of wry humour here, and an intriguing storyline supported by interesting secondary characters, lots of local colour, and many promising subplots.
Death on the Rocks has all the ingredients for a good mystery...a good read for an afternoon in a deck chair!