Picks and Pans Review: Cool Repentance

updated 02/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Antonia Fraser

Fraser is best known as the author of a series of historical biographies (Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell). But she has also written four mysteries featuring the English TV interviewer and detective Jemima Shore, including this pleasingly droll exercise in whodunit literature. The victims, all done away with at a drama festival, include a young actress drowned while wearing clothes intended for an older, more famous performer, and a vociferous elderly woman who hangs around the festival making nasty, often funny remarks. The prime suspect is the older actress's husband, but there are plenty of other likely murderers as well. Fraser raises enough motives to keep most readers guessing until the culprit is finally revealed. As detective fiction goes, this is a trim, cool, admirable specimen. (Norton, $12.95)

From Our Partners