Snatch Crop by Gerald Hammond
Gerald Hammond’s latest romp through the Scottish Highlands proves that a Calder can take a new name, but she can’t lose the investigative instinct that courses through the veins of this first family of amateur sleuthing.
When Keith Calder’s daughter Deborah weds Inspector Ian Fellowes, she hopes to luxuriate for a while in matrimonial bliss. Her plans evaporate, however, as she assumes the management of her godfather’s pheasant packing company at his behest.
She soon has the company running at peak efficiency, despite the twin annoyances of Mrs. Thrower, her arrogant and unreliable secretary, and Delia, the obnoxious woman’s unruly daughter. Finding herself wishing that the two would simply disappear, she is nonetheless shocked when one of them actually does.
Inspector Fellowes is assigned to the kidnapping, and Deborah tries to piece together the case from the questions her husband asks her. He’s not giving anything away, though, much to Deborah’s consternation. The Calder in her begins to assert itself, and she decides to launch an investigation of her own. Deborah soon finds herself swept up in a terrifying chain of events – including a perilous cross-country chase with the ruthless abductors – plunging her life into grave danger.
Born in 1926, Gerald Hammond lived in Scotland, where he retired from his profession as an architect in 1982 to pursue his love of shooting and fishing and to write full time. After his first novel, Fred in Situ, was published in 1965, Gerald became a prolific author with over 70 published novels. Most of his novels were published under his own name, but he also wrote under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.