Characters - Alphabetical
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JeanBurdenBurden's wife.
JohnBurdenMike's son.
MikeBurdenThe police inspector. Wexford's colleague.
PatBurdenMike's son.
ClareClarkeA member of the teaching staff. Margaret's classmate.
MissClementsOne of the lipstick customers.
Mrs.CreaveyThe farm's cook and caretaker.
Dr.CrockerThe post-mortem doctor.
Mrs.DarellOne of the lipstick customers.
MargaretDolanMargaret's former classmate.
JohnDraycottMr. Prewett's farm manager.
DudleyDruryMargaret's former boyfriend.
KathleenDruryDudley's wife.
IrisDrusillaMargaret's mother.
MissFowlerThe school's headmasters.
ArthurGodfreyMargaret's father.
Mrs.GriswoldThe chief constable.
ThomasHoodA publisher. Poet and Humorist.
Anne MaryIvesMargaret's cousin. Ethel and Geoffrey's daughter.
Ethel MaryIvesIris's sister. Margaret's aunt.
GeoffreyIvesEthel's husband.
Mrs.JohnsonMargaret's next-door neighbor.
Mrs.JonesBurden's neighbor.
AnneKellyMargaret's former classmate.
HelenLairdMargaret's former classmate.
DymphnaMissalHelen's daughter.
HelenMissalOne of the lipstick customers.
PeterMissalHelen's husband.
PriscillaMissalHelen's daughter.
Mrs.mortlockThe school's secretary.
Margaret IrisParsonsMurdered. Mr. Parsons's wife. Aka: Minna, Meg.
RonaldParsonsMargaret's husband.
DiPlunkettClare's companion.
Mr.PrewettThe owner of the farm where Margaret's body was found.
Mrs.PrewettMr. Prewett's wife.
DouglasQuadrantA solicitor. Helen's family friend and lover.
FabiaQuadrantDouglas's wife.
FabiaRogersMargaret's former classmate.
Mr.SpellmanOwner of Spellman's nursery.
DianaStevensMargaret's former classmate.
WilburtStobart-KatzAnne's husband.
DorothySweetingMr. Prewett's land girl.
JanetTippingThe girl at the swan.
JimmyTraynorMr. Prewett's pig man.
IngeWolffHelen's nanny.
Bryant One of Wexford's police.
Bysouth Mr. Prewett's cow man.
Camb The police sergeant.
Doon The mysterious man who wrote letters to Margaret/Minna.
Edwards Draycott's companion.
Gates One of Wexford's police.
Martin One of Wexford's police.
Wexford The chief inspector. Protagonist.