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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

THE AFFAIRS OF MAGGIE TRENTER by Thomas Villiers

The Affairs of Maggie Trenter
Thomas Villiers
Authors Online Ltd
19, The Cinques, Gamlingay,
Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 3NU
www.authorsonline.co.uk
www.thomasvilliers.com
Genre: Detective/Crime
ISBN 0755200306, 153 pp, 2001

AFFAIRS is certainly an apt title as Maggie Trenter had one with just about every man in the book, with the exception of the police department and possibly the landlord, Jim O'Reilly.

Maggie was one of George Black's agency girls hired out to local companies to fill in as background at promotional and social events. This was where she met and seduced her men.

Six such men, who met regularly at the Victoria Inn for camaraderie, were the prime suspects because they all had been blackmailed by this beautiful temptress. The stories of how each man became involved with Maggie unfold in flashbacks and then it's time for Detective Inspector Pierre L'Villiers's interrogations. There were a few clues here and there about Maggie's Irish background, but who could have guessed the rest?

If you like detective-type mysteries, you'll probably enjoy this book. It's a fast read and the book has a great cover. However, this is my take: 1) Nothing was revealed to make me believe Maggie cared an iota about anything other than herself; 2) I don't care to be led through six men's flashbacks and murder interrogations to an end with no connection--why not just read the last chapter? and 3) How sad the condition of man, but . . . if it were not so, we'd have no story, would we?

Thomas Villiers is married with a son and two daughters plus three grandchildren and lives in Sands, High Wycombe, Bucks, England. Other books by the author include: For the Love of Marie, a fantasy relationship novel, Nightshield and The Mind Readers', science fiction novels.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - April 4, 2006 - Copyright

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