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A New British Edition from The Womens Press
Introducing Stoner McTavish, private eye.
Stoner McTavish is reluctant to leave her fledgling travel business and turn detective. Eleanor Burton is convinced her granddaughters husband is a dangerous fortune-hunter and that Gwens life is in jeopardy. Against her better judgement, McTavish bows to the pressures of old family ties and agrees to investigate. only to discover that Eleanors fears are far from unfounded and that shes about to fall in love with the newly wedded bride...
`Full of humour, spiced with suspense...Stoner McTavish is a treat.' Washington Blade
'A unique private eye with mystery adventures that are sure to please any devotee of the genre.' Midwest Book Review
First British Publication The Womens Press See Review
Bad Company is the second novel to feature Stoner McTavish, an entertaining and likeable amateur sleuth created by Sarah Dreher. Stoner is intelligent, quirky, funny and at times insecure woman who, when pushed will fight for her hard won security, in this instance her relationship with her partner Gwen.
Stoner and Gwen are invited to a women-only hotel to investigate a number of minor incidents that leave the owner, Sherry Dodder worrying that the yearly play in rehearsal is being sabotaged. The incidents in themselves seem inconsequential enough - lost equipment, scripts misplaced, clothing ruined, but taken together Sherry's finding it hard to believe that there's nothing going on. Once Stoner and Gwen arrive things take a more serious turn but Stoner finds it difficult to pin down the precise cause of her concern. When her own relationship with Gwen begins to show signs of stress, it takes a while for Stoner to realise that she has also become a target of maliciousness. The sense of fellowship among the women is in danger of being shattered, and the story underlines how all too suddenly, minor eccentricity or tendencies in an individual can escalate into unpredictable and dangerous behaviour. What started as a simple investigation into petty mishaps suddenly turns into a desperate attempt to stop the culprit before murder is committed.
The pace and style of Bad Company is initially sedate and low-key. The emphasis of the novel is firmly on personalities, relationships and motivation. Concerns about everyday problems within the women's relationships builds a sense of security which makes the story all the more effective when Stoner is confronted with the real motivation behind events.
Bad Company is filled with appealing and often unusual characters. There's Stoner's Aunt Hermione who is a medium, and in common with one of the other women at the hotel, is a follower of the Wiccan religion (it's worth reading the book just for the fascinating descriptions of Wiccan principles and ceremonies - something I knew nothing of before this). Stoner's business partner's mother, Edith Kesselbaum, is a psychiatrist. The wonderful variety of characters give a warmth to the book, and there's a feeling of community and sisterhood among the women. But as Stoner herself points out, however tempting it may be, it can't be assumed that a group of women is immune to wickedness!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Dreher is a clinical psychologist and award-winning playwright. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.