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The Benefits of Death

The Benefits of Death

(1963)
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Death waits for no one...

Charles Leithan has been unhappily married for years.

Under normal circumstances, he would have long since divorced his wife for his beloved mistress, but these are not normal circumstances.

Leithan has inherited a significant sum of money, but the conditions state that the instigator of a divorce would forfeit the entirety of the money to the other party.

Unwilling to try to make a living through his mediocre writing, Leithan suffers his corpulent wife and her obsession with pedigreed dogs, sneaking in visits to his mistress whenever she goes out of town.

When Mrs Leithan suddenly disappears, Charles calmly assures the police that he is certain his wife has simply gone away on another visit and there is nothing to worry about.

But the police are suspicious and they're sure that Charles Leithan knows considerably more about his wife's disappearance than he is letting on.

The fact that there is a great deal of money involved, and the conditions set upon the possession and use of it, would be damning enough.

And with Charles's visits to his mistress becoming less and less secretive, it is clear that he is no longer scared of getting caught by his wife, or anyone else for that matter.

The police are certain that Charles is behind his wife's mysterious disappearance and it's not long before they think they're got the case cracked.

Believing they have solved the mystery, the police bring a murder charge before a jury.

The only problem is that there is no body...

The Benefits of Death is an unputdownable thriller with an almighty twist in the tale.

Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and went to sea in 1943. Six years later he left that trade to become a lawyer. He again changed profession to become a writer. Since 1951, he has written over one hundred and sixty novels under his own name and several other pseudonyms. He began his career by writing books featuring his father's character, Blackshirt, a popular detective whose adventures have appeared in print for many decades. In time Jeffries branched out and began to write a variety of mystery novels under his own name and several pen names, including Peter Alding and Jeffrey Ashford.

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Hardback Editions

January 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Benefits of Death, The
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 0-7540-8655-0 / 978-0-7540-8655-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gunsmoke
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August 1990 : UK Hardback
Title: The Benefits of Death
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-85389-221-1 / 978-1-85389-221-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dales Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Benefits of Death
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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