The five-star Riverside Hotel has been holding murder-mystery weekends since its opening, but this is the first that security consultant and part-time detective Billie Oliphant has ever attended. Yet, despite its opulent luxury, the hotel has a bloody history it omits to mention in its glossy brochures. On its opening weekend a young employee, Annabelle Wilder, was found dead in a walk-in freezer. She was naked, bound and gagged - and pregnant. The police had never come close to charging anyone with her murder, despite the fact that the hotel only had a dozen or so guests, and security tapes showed that no-one entered or left the building during the time when the murder was committed. Billy has been hired by the dead woman's husband to finally find Annabelle's murderer. Opening a cold case is never easy but Billy has a plan. The company that owns the hotel, Amaigam, has arranged for its directors to attend yet another team-building murder weekend. Though some of the faces have changed, many of the personnel were there the weekend Annabelle died. Billy gate-crashes the Amaigam team and offers them the chance to solve a real life murder, knowing full well that any one of these would be detectives could also be a cold-hearted killer.
"Terrific story telling." - Campbell Armstrong
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February 2005 : UK Hardback
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