Christopher Townsend, Development Officer of Bartlemas College, was reportedly drunk when he plunged from the top of the Tower of Grace.
His tragic death does, however, lead to an offer of work for novelist Kate Ivory - finishing Townsend's preparations for the 'Gender and Genre' study fortnight.
Kate is doing Bartlemas a favour by taking his place - so why do her new colleagues seem so hostile towards her? And who left the note on one of Christopher's files which reads CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT?
When Kate receives some threatening messages of her own, she begins to wonder if Christopher's death was an accident after all.
Perhaps he had stumbled on to something he shouldn't have. And perhaps, by stepping into his shoes, Kate has now put her own life in terrible danger...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 07/11/1996
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780747255130
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Review by edwardsgt
My first Kate Ivory novel and it didn't leave me wanting to read more, despite the respectable reviews of her books on the cover of this one. I certainly think that there is no chance of Morse being knocked of his pedestal as the premier Oxford detective series, based on this sample. Kate Ivory, a less than successful writer is desperate to earn some money between books and steps into the shoes of an Oxford College's Development Officer, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, to manage a summer school. It seems that her presence is unwelcome and a number of people have something to hide and don't want an unwelcome light shone on their activities. The book doesn't seem to take itself very seriously and the plot is pretty thin and doesn't provide much meat for keen crime readers. It may have some limited appeal for those familiar with Oxford and academia, who may recognize some of the stereotypes portrayed, but it left me expecting and wanting more. I also didn't like the style of interspersing the main story with a recap of events by the deceased, supposedly in heaven.