Dreaming of Water - Belinda BrettPiatkus, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.
From the cover: “Towards dawn a tidal wave, sleek and bright, rose to engulf her. She awoke, drenched in sweat.
The strange peace of the East Anglian coast seems to be invading Frances Lambert’s dreams. Her father drowned here many years before and Frances is still numbed by the recent loss of her mother. But everything else about her new life in Fressenworth has worked out as if ordained; her lovely, dilapidated farmhouse, Mark’s friendship, even her job in an antique shop — they might have been waiting for her.
Of course the job is only temporary; Margaret, the proprietor’s usual assistant, is away for a while. But when days stretch into weeks with no word of her return, Frances becomes curious. No one else seems to think it odd, not even the shady dealers who frequent the shop — like Vie Howden who appears to have some special relationship with Margaret. Howden is a devious character if Frances has ever seen one and when he tricks her into joining an illegal dealing ring her suspicions are confirmed. Still, she can’t help finding him strangely attractive, to the annoyance of her new friend Mark.
So life in her new surroundings isn’t going to be as simple as it first seemed — and before long Frances realises that it is not only in her dreams that something dark and strange is happening.
Belinda Brett’s debut mystery novel is a compelling psychological study of a crime — one that may or may not have already occurred.”