MYSTERY

The Glass Room

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781250135728. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107374. M
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Cleeves's latest is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie mystery: a murder takes place at a country house where the guests are all suspects and no one seems to have a motive, but a little investigation finds more connections than first appear. Vera Stanhope is asked by her neighbor to find his missing wife, and she tracks the young woman to a writer's workshop at a country house owned by a semifamous author. When a workshop leader is murdered, the attendees fall under suspicion. Vera and her team are called in, but with her neighbor as one of the prime suspects, she is forced to keep herself at arm's length. Cleeves's characters are richly drawn, their motives are believable, and the plot is engaging and with enough surprises that readers will be guessing until the very end.
VERDICT Published for the first time in the United States, this fifth Vera Stanhope mystery (after Silent Hope) makes a satisfying addition to the series.

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