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A Necessary End

(The second book in the David Webb series)
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At a New Year's Eve party in their hotel in Frecklemarsh, the guests can sense an uneasy tension between their hosts, Oliver and his second wife Nancy Pendrick.

Growing resentment in their marriage, caused by Nancy's independence and commitment to her London-based catering business, is evident in the fraught family relationships which extends to two wilful stepchildren.

To add fuel to the fire, old flames are returning to the sleepy village, memories of Oliver's first wife, the beautiful yet troubled Avis, refuse to fade and gossip flies around the small community.

All in all, when the festive season is over and Nancy returns to London it is a relief... until she doesn't return...

When a female corpse is discovered on a lonely road in Chedbury and eventually identified as Mrs Pendrick, there is universal shock, horror and multiple unanswered questions.

With all the guests at the New Year's Eve party potential suspects, CID Webb has his work cut out to track down the killer, and when he fits the pieces of the puzzle together, it forms a picture he would never have expected to see...

A Necessary End is a gripping crime thriller from bestselling author Anthea Fraser.

Praise for Anthea Fraser

'Ms Fraser is her dependable elegant, guileful self, withholding the killer's identity till a dying fall.' - Sunday Times

'A well-mannered, well-plotted and well-told story.' - Birmingham Post

'Sympathetic, well-executed book, in which full attention is paid to human feelings and failings.' - Yorkshire Post

'A superbly crafted, riveting, page-turner of a read.' - Booklist

Anthea Fraser has written all her life but did not begin to take it seriously until after marriage, when she found herself at home with two small daughters and embarked on a correspondence course with the London School of Journalism. She wrote short stories before turning to novels of the supernatural, and then to crime. Her novels include The Seven Stars, The Ten Commandments, Death Speaks Softly and Pretty Maids All in a Row.

Genre: Mystery    

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Used availability for Anthea Fraser's A Necessary End

Hardback Editions

December 1986 : UK Hardback

Title: Necessary End
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
ISBN: 0-7089-1555-8 / 978-0-7089-1555-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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May 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: A necessary end
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
ISBN: 0-8027-5641-7 / 978-0-8027-5641-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker
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May 1985 : UK Hardback

Title: A Necessary End
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
ISBN: 0-00-244391-0 / 978-0-00-244391-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker and Company
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April 1985 : UK Hardback

Title: A Necessary End (The Crime Club)
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
ISBN: 0-00-231975-6 / 978-0-00-231975-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

January 2016 : Paperback

Title: A Necessary End
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
ISBN: 1-5232-7192-2 / 978-1-5232-7192-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Audio Editions

January 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: A Necessary End
Author(s): Anthea Frasier
ISBN: 1-84283-739-7 / 978-1-84283-739-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Necessary End (DCI Webb Mystery Book 2)
Author(s): Anthea Fraser
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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