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The Watcher on the Cliff by Mary Tant

The Watcher on the Cliff

Part of the Rossington Series


The Watcher on the Cliff by Mary Tant

Who stalks the cliffs of the remote West Country, mysteriously swathed in cloak and hat? Is there a connection with Lucy Rossington's startling discovery? How do the national papers get the story so quickly? Short-tempered archaeologist Mike Shannon is convinced it's all part of a plot to discredit him. And he can think of plenty of suspects, including Lucy and her husband Hugh, who are staying in the neighbourhood. They fall eagerly on the puzzle, glad of an excuse to evade their boring host. To complete Mike's unhappiness, the lovely actress Anna Evesleigh is working nearby. She and the vicar are producing a community play in an old fishing village, covering centuries of local history. Anna and Mike always strike sparks off each other, and she's probably the only person to enjoy the drama of his find - particularly because he doesn't. Coincidence has brought many of the Rossington circle together again. They can't know that soon they will be drawn into the pageant of death that will stalk the cliffs. This time Lucy's unerring instinct for evil doesn't plumb the full depth of the plot that threatens those she loves. If she can't unmask the villain, is there anyone who can?


From the reviews of previous novels in the Rossington series: Mary Tant carries the narrative forward almost entirely in dialogue and the style suited this country-house murder mystery perfectly. There were plenty of red herrings among the clues as to who had carried out a brutal attack - and plenty of motives too. Of course, it's up to the family to sort it all out - Strong distinct characters, a delightful setting and further books to follow make this a winner - Stow Times - an intriguing tale about familial relationships and friendships with an idyllic pastoral setting and skilfully drawn characters. Miriam Reeves Mary Tant in her first Christie-style classic murder mystery gathers a small group of polite characters in a rundown Tudor mansion and ruined Cistercian priory in the West Country. It has been owned by the Rossington family for generations - in the Christie tradition, murder ensues, followed by a tense denouement Oxford Times * * * * * rating - One to watch. This is very reminiscent of Agatha Christie with its West-of-England country house setting. A good plot, very good dialogue and the first of a series. I can envisage it adapting well to the small screen - Philip Richards,

About the Author

Mary Tant has been a historical researcher for many years, and now specializes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Her interest in history began in childhood with Richard III, Rupert of the Rhine and the young Elizabeth Tudor. Wildlife observation also started early with the plants and creatures in the woodland beside her home. An interest in crime fiction came later, but has proved just as enduring. This is the fifth Rossington novel: the first four are also available in paperback.

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Publication date

28th April 2011


Mary Tant

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Threshold Press Ltd


208 pages


Crime & mystery



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