Miss Franklin (the mysterious housekeeper); Detective Inspector Frank Curtis (ex-London copper); Janie Summers (famous Shakespearean actress); Lady Sarah ('Her Ladyship'); Jack Summers (famous film producer); and Lynne Cramer (businesswoman...or is she?)
By Way of Murder is a classic thriller with a generous splash of humour.
Lady Sarah’s stately home of Baxford Hall is the setting for this tale of murder, kidnap and deceit.
Film producer Jack Summers, and his actress wife Janie, have taken refuge at the Hall to escape death threats that Jack has been receiving. A visit by Detective Superintendent Beveridge puts Jack’s shady dealings under scrutiny, and when Jack’s bodyguard and one of Lady Sarah’s employees are murdered, and Janie is kidnapped and held to ransom, no one is sure who they can trust. It’s up to Beveridge to solve the crimes. Meanwhile, what is Miss Franklin – the Hall’s mysterious housekeeper – up to?