by Julie HaleAugust, 2002
The Dearly Departed
When small-time actress Margaret Batten and her boyfriend Miles Finn are found dead in Margaret's house, rumors fly around the town of King George, New Hampshire. Were they murdered? Were they married? Investigating this mystery is Margaret's daughter, Sunny, who returns to King George for the first time since high school only to learn that her mother was not the timid wallflower she believed. The arrival of Miles' son Fletcher Finn a cantankerous 31-year-old bearing an uncanny resemblance to Sunny sets the town speculating further about the pair's parents. Lipman has created an amusing whodunit set in a small community populated with familiar, likable figures from Dot, the waitress at the local diner, to the hapless police chief Joey Loach. This lighthearted comedy raises important questions about the nature of family and community. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.vintagebooks.com/read.