Out to lunch

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February–March 1991, no. 128

Worse Than Death by Jean Bedford (in collaboration with Tom Kelly)

Collins Blacklist, $9.95 pb

Out to lunch

by
February–March 1991, no. 128

The publisher’s blurb for Worse Than Death notes that the book is ‘a long awaited move across genres for Jean Bedford’. A backhanded compliment, but no doubt sincerely meant. As it happens, the first Anna Southwood mystery is a pretty lacklustre effort – far from the ‘tight and pacy read’ promised by this same blurb.

Anna Southwood, a tomboy type with – you guessed it – unruly red curls – has set herself up as a private investigator after the death of her husband. He has made a quid or two from shady deals, she has time on her hands, a career in mind and a mate with a PI’s licence.

Jane Stephens reviews 'Worse Than Death' by Jean Bedford (with Tom Kelly)

Worse Than Death

by Jean Bedford (in collaboration with Tom Kelly)

Collins Blacklist, $9.95 pb

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