(From the publisher):
You, the reader, are about to watch a murder committed. The killer is an extremely ordinary person, a woman whom you will know well….Perhaps, in fact, too well...
For if you have ever tasted frustration, or desire, you will understand her crime. You will feel, deep within yourself, her heightening compulsion to kill.
You will know, too, the increasing pulse-beat of terror, as a web of suspicion tightens around her and you will pity her.
Hanna Blake was a woman in her fifties who had never married. She was far from an embittered old main, however, for she took an active part in the municipal affairs of Campbell’s Cove: Hannah was cashier of the bank, a member of the library board, and a leader in the Civil Defense program. Nevertheless, she was not as successful in these matters as she would like to have been, and the thorn in her side was her childhood friend, Maria Verlaine. Maria, apparently without effort, remained the true power in Campbell’s Cove - until the night she was strangled.
With wonderful skill, Mrs. Davis tells what effect Maria’s death and the search for her murderer had on the town - on the old prominent families, on the Irish Front Streeters, and on Hannah Blake. When the whole truth was finally pieced together the townspeople were shaken with horror and indignation and, in a few cases, with pity for the murderer.
Original title: A Town of Masks
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense