The desperation that Jackson Rich felt in the face of his beloved wife, Candice’s terrible illness was keeping him awake at night. Without the surgeryThe desperation that Jackson Rich felt in the face of his beloved wife, Candice’s terrible illness was keeping him awake at night. Without the surgery she needed she would die – the cost was over $74,000 as they didn’t have medical insurance; the waiting list was long and he knew if they had to wait until her name came up, she would definitely be no longer with him. His outrageous plan; the only thing Jack could think of to make the necessary money to pay for Candice’s surgery – to rob a bank in Brisbane city on Melbourne Cup Day – at the time the race was running; the streets would be empty of people and cars…it would work; it had to work!
Contacting his old friends, including his brother Jimmy for help, Jack had no idea if they would meet with him. But they all owed him a debt; admittedly it was a long standing debt, but Jack hoped they would show up. And show up they did; their planning went well – it seemed that everything would fall into place. But little did they know that young boys Trent and Max were underneath the building they were in, listening…
When Detective Montgomery Steel was faced with a person telling him and other detectives about a planned robbery on Melbourne Cup day, they were sceptical. But there were elements of what they were told that rang true. Short on man-power they did the best they could under the circumstances; after all, they were sure to catch the perpetrators with the information they were given – weren’t they? What could possibly go wrong?
Double Take by Aussie author Kendall Talbot was an extremely different take on criminals, a crime and the consequences of what was done when it seemed there were no other options. I felt for Jack; understood his desire to do everything he possibly could for Candice. Even knowing it couldn’t possibly work, I wondered how the author was going to add the intrigue needed. And one of the characters! Oh my goodness – what a piece of work! Double Take was a thoroughly enjoyable crime novel with a difference, and one which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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Lisa found herself enjoying the company of her friend Liam on the day she turned twenty one – all her friends had taken her out to dinner and danc4.5★s
Lisa found herself enjoying the company of her friend Liam on the day she turned twenty one – all her friends had taken her out to dinner and dancing for the evening; but her surprise was great when her father and his secretary greeted her as well. Lisa’s father had sent her from Sydney, Australia when she was fifteen, to live with her grandmother in London. She had been seeing a young man her father disapproved of, and Lisa felt the banishment keenly. She still felt bitter toward her father after all the time that had passed.
As Lisa felt her friendship with Liam deepening, she was content. But the telephone call from her father, who was back in Australia by this time, announcing that he and his secretary were getting married, and he needed Lisa there as a bridesmaid, shocked her. She didn’t want to leave her studies or Liam for Australia at all…
With the beaches of Cronulla the main thing that Lisa had missed, she found herself enjoying the sea and surf; the sand and sunshine, which she immersed herself into on her second day back. But she felt uneasy – what would happen to her? Would she be able to return to London and Liam?
I very much enjoyed this sweet little romance from Aussie author Margaret Lynette Sharp. Lisa was easy to get to know; easy to like. The characters were well defined and I liked seeing Lisa digging for her inner strength. I have no hesitation in recommending Sharp’s latest novella, Whatever It Takes to all.
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