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Death in A Family Way

(2000)
(The first book in the Margaret Spencer series)
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At age fifty, with two grown children, Margaret Spencer lives the placid and vaguely dissatisfied life of a corporate attorney's wife until one more vapid birthday card from her inattentive husband sparks a search for new meaning in her existence. She answers a newspaper ad calling for part-time office help, and finds herself hired on the spot by Nat Southby, former cop and now private eye.An innocuous request to locate a missing cat brings Margaret (who Southby immediately calls "Maggie," much to her prim dismay) and her boss smack into the middle of a vicious murder and a series of unnerving disappearances of Vancouver teenage girls. Beneath the placid exterior of this provincial city, a soon-to-be metropolis, lurks a great deal of evil. In this taut story that starts languidly and slowly gains momentum, finishing with a wild kidnapping and chase on British Columbia's Gulf Islands, first-time British-born author Gwendolyn Southin (who at age 69 just LOOKS the part of a great English crime fiction writer, all sweetness and malice rolled into one) has woven a spell-binding tale that brings us back to a simpler time on Canada's lush west coast, when women's lib was defined as more labor-saving devices in the kitchen and when wives were supposed to know their place. In this novel Southin has created a heroine whose appeal transcends time and place. Maggie Spencer is a woman with a keen sense of humor, an innate understanding of psychology, a terrific memory for detail and a sharp temper. Southin's characters all lend credibility and depth to her tale: Harry, the stuffed shirt of a husband, well-meaning but a total milquetoast where mother is concerned; Southby, a dumpy, divorced private dick with an eye for a well-turned heel but a battered sense of his own self-worth; Violet Larkfield, maniacal cat-lover and human-hater, Phillip Collins, wealthy industrialist married to a young, wandering wife, and Cubby Cuthbertson, man on the make with a taste for the good life and no moral compass. Death in a Family Way firmly establishes Gwendolyn Southin as a fascinating new voice in mystery fiction.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

March 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Death in a Family Way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
ISBN: 1-894898-72-9 / 978-1-894898-72-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
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October 2000 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Death in a family way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
ISBN: 1-55207-029-8 / 978-1-55207-029-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Robert Davies Pub
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death in a Family Way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Death in a Family Way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Death in a Family Way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death in a Family Way
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Death in a Family Way (A Margaret Spencer Mystery Book 3)
Author(s): Gwendolyn Southin
Publisher: Touchwood Editions
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