Five Dead Canaries

Five Dead Canaries

Book - 2013
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When five female munitions workers on the home front are killed in a suspicious explosion, Marmion and Keedy must get to the bottom of who is responsible for such a horrendous act.
Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2013
ISBN: 9780749013370
0749013370
9780749013325
074901332X
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 350 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 31, 2016

So you think government regulations are tedious and a block to economic progress. The women who are the focus of this story are turning yellow because the government has them working at handling the ingredients for bombs that turns their skin yellow, hence the name canaries. They also are paid a pittance compared to the men who have jobs that do not involve having their bodies warped by their job; and, to add insult to injury, they are looked down on because they are working away from the home. One of the group, Maureen Quinn, escapes the explosion that kills five of her friends, but she is suffering from shock and seems unable to help Marmion and Keedy. She also spends a good deal of time talking to her priest. What is she hiding? As Marmion and Keedy investigate the backgrounds of the five victims, the list of suspects grows. The number of people who know how to make a bomb and possibly have a grievance against one of the victims, makes it difficult to figure out who the murderer is. The reactions and interactions of the five victims' families and the Quinn family are very well portrayed as are some of the minor characters: The pub owner whining about his damaged property, the regulars at the pub snarling about the victims, and the randy truck driver are just begging for character actors. This is a great series.

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