Thursday, April 11, 2013
Serious Intent by Margaret Yorke
Description from goodreads: Tom, an invalid World War II veteran, lives with the help of his housekeeper Ivy in The Willows. No one knows his son is in prison for murder. Richard Gardner lives down the road with his second wife, Verity, and her two sons. No one knows she is seriously disturbed. Young Mark Conway is learning some nasty lessons while in the care of his baby-sitter Ivy, old Tom's housekeeper. No one knows Ivy's teenage stepson, Steve, has some very dangerous tendencies. No one except Marigold Darwin. Marigold Darwin, a retired civil servant, has returned to Haverscot, the village where, as a child, she lived in Richard Gardner's house. As she house hunts, she meets Mark and one of Richard Gardner's hostile stepsons ... and is drawn into the lives of the boys and their families, gradually becoming aware of the conflicts, fears, and serious intents among them. Marigold makes some plans of her own. She realizes that tensions are building to the breaking point, some of the children are violent, and lives may be at risk - even Marigold's own.
I really enjoyed this book. I got right into the story. I really felt for Richard who has a seriously messed up wife. I think she was bi-polar. Mark was a great kid. I like these stories where you "meet" different people in a town and see how they come together in the end. I will be reading more by Margaret Yorke.
Researching this book, I found that Margaret Yorke died in November 2012 at the age of 88. She was chairman of the Crime Writers Association in 1979-80. She was awarded the 1999 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, and the 1982 Martin Beck Award from the Swedish Academy of Detection for The Scent of Fear. from wikipedia.