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by Janice Brown
At the turn of the year, in a village in Central Scotland, several people come together at the funeral of Mrs Crosthwaite, a dominating woman famed for her fruit scones. Meanwhile, out of everyone's sight, something terrible is about to happen.
Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Sandstone Press
(first published September 20th 2012)
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The close-knit village of Hartsend gathers for the funeral of Mrs Crosthwaite. Her daughter, Lesley, is now free from her domineering mother and draws the attention of Duncan Crawfurd, who is still under his mother’s thumb. Other members of the community – old, middle aged and young – face changes in their lives too. Various relationships bloom, struggle and wither. The threatened return of one character from the past has unforeseen consequences, and that’s not the only threat to this quiet ...more
You know that something bad is happening in the village of Hartsend, you are presented with a number of characters who might plausibly be the offender, and ultimately the mystery is resolved - a bit like a detective story without a detective. Along the way, Janice Brown avoids many of the cliches of village fiction to tell a positive story of a middle-aged man and woman who suddenly realise they have lived too long in the shadow of their mothers.
Janice Brown lives with her husband and three children in Scotland. A former teacher, she now divides her time between writing, bringing up the family and her favourite pastime of listening to music.More about Janice Brown...