A Load Of Old Bones
Published in hardback July 2007 by Constable & Robinson Ltd
ISBN: 978 1 84529 581 3
Introducing a rather unusual vicar and his most singular cat and dog.
A Load of Old Bones takes a nostalgic romp through a mythical 1950s Surrey, where murky deeds and shady characters abound. Moving from the inner city to the country, the Reverand Francis Oughterard is anticipating an easy life and a bit of peace and quiet. Instead he becomes entangled in a nightmare world of accidental murder, predatory females, officious policeman, wrathful parishioners and a drunken bishop. As the vicar's life spirals out of control it is up to his supercilious cat and bone-obsessed hound to take the initiative and save his skin.
'Suzette A. Hill's clever and laugh-aloud tale brings a whole new slant to the world of murder mysteries.'
PUBLISHED FORMATS: Hardback, Paperback, eBook, Audio (with veteran comedy actor Leslie Phillips reading the part of the cat - Joyful Productions and www.audible.co.uk)
'Oughterard, it has to be admitted, isn't really a detective - just a murderer. But he is such an entertaining character that I felt he just had to be included here! . . . all written with verve and humour, and is great fun to read.'
'. . . this novel delights in turning the detective fiction yarn on its head. The characters are unlikably lovable, the plot hilariously improbable, and the prose crafted to perfection. "A Load Of Old Bones" is laugh-out-aloud funny, and there aren't many whodunits you can say that about!'
Sarah Mayo, Waterstones, Godalming.
'An intriguingly quirky read! And Maurice the cat is a very clever puss indeed!'
Leslie Phillips CBE
'To be read while eating strawberries and listening to a brass band'
'This leisurely thriller is as eccentrically English a story as can be imagined: E.F. Benson crossed with Jerome K. Jerome'