Heather Collins was extremely happy to be heading back home for the holidays – a month off to relax in her old home town of East Trimley in the co4.5★s
Heather Collins was extremely happy to be heading back home for the holidays – a month off to relax in her old home town of East Trimley in the company of her dad Patrick and with the hopes that her brother Jasper would turn up; she couldn’t think of anything she would like better. Christmas had always been a family affair, filled with happy memories; but when their mother Sally had died both Heather and Jasper were hit hard. Heather knew her dad had found it hard to cope as well, but now that six years had passed, their grief was easing. But for Jasper, they knew he still hadn’t accepted his mother’s death.
Kate Summers, who was now Heather’s dad’s new partner, met her at the station. Kate owned the Constable Country Tearooms which was now very successful – she had installed “Bruno” (her coffee machine) and it had made a difference in the town to have delicious coffee on hand. Including the talents of chef Polly, they had all the makings of a very successful business. Kate had known the family for quite some time, and Heather approved her dad’s happiness. But when Patrick took his dog for a walk through the woods the following morning, and discovered the body of his financial advisor Ken face down in the semi-frozen pond, the lives of East Trimley’s residents was set to change once again.
Detective Vicky Allard, an old school friend of Kate’s, was in charge of the case and when discrepancies and secrets were discovered, no one knew who to believe. Then their disbelief turned to shock as more secrets and lies were uncovered – it just went to show that knowing a person didn’t necessarily mean what you thought it did! Suddenly Kate found her questions meant she was in danger…
I thoroughly enjoyed Still Waters by Aussie author Clare Havens, which is the second in the Constable Country Mysteries cosy series. The novel has a great plot with mystery woven through a story of family, hope and love; and entwined with greed, secrets and lies. I am really looking forward to the third in the series and have no hesitation in recommending Still Waters highly.
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With Linda going about her day to day work – a typist in a busy office – her life at home with her Mum and Dad was a happy one. Her younger brother JiWith Linda going about her day to day work – a typist in a busy office – her life at home with her Mum and Dad was a happy one. Her younger brother Jim was only a teenager; her sister Tessa was engaged to be married. But Tessa had always worried Linda; she was a flirt and had stolen Linda’s boyfriends in the past. Her fiancé was once Linda’s boyfriend. So with Linda’s fledgling relationship with Harry feeling more serious, she was worried about him meeting Tessa…
Linda’s Mum and Dad approved of Harry – her Dad and Harry both had a love of carpentry; there was much to talk about. But when Tessa turned up unexpectedly while they were all eating dinner, Linda once more felt apprehension ripple through her. Once again Tessa was flirting – her engagement to Tom seemed not to cross her mind. What would Linda do? Her uncertainty caused her to wonder about Harry – did she trust him? She certainly didn’t trust her sister…
Sisters and Rivals is a delightful romance by Aussie author Margaret Lynette Sharp, and set in the mid 1950’s in Sydney Australia. All the heartache, lack of confidence and frustrations of young love are here in this novella; love, friendship, tensions and rivalry all vie for attention. I have no hesitation in recommending this sweet romance to all lovers of the genre.
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When Emily Tempest arrived back in her old community of Moonlight Downs after ten years away, she could see that not much had changed. But she sti4.5★s
When Emily Tempest arrived back in her old community of Moonlight Downs after ten years away, she could see that not much had changed. But she still felt a sense of not belonging – she’d always felt pulled between the two worlds; Aboriginal and white. But when her childhood friend Hazel turned up again it didn’t take long before they were relaxing in each other’s company. But a few days later a dear friend was found murdered; mutilated in the nearby bush – the terror of the locals caused a mass exodus from Moonlight Downs; the abandoned air, the shock and grief was traumatic.
With the only suspect long gone and the local police unable to track him down, Emily decided to take matters into her own hands. She was determined the death of her long-time friend would be avenged. The questions Emily was asking found her in all sorts of trouble though – Jack, her father reminded her that trouble always followed her around. But it appeared that this time she was in the biggest mess she had ever been in – and still she continued; doggedly and with extreme grit. What would be the outcome? And would she find the answers she sought?
Diamond Dove (also called Moonlight Downs) by Aussie author Adrian Hyland is a great Australian mystery – blended with Aboriginal folklore; the dreaming and the people of the (fictional) Warlpuju tribe, the story is based north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The epic descriptions of the bush, the birds (including the diamond dove) and the inhabitants are such that it is easy to visualise it all. I thoroughly enjoyed this crime novel and would recommend it to all. ...more
When Julia Scott disappeared at nineteen years of age, the family was devastated. Mum Helen, Dad Sam and sisters Lydia and Claudia’s lives were changeWhen Julia Scott disappeared at nineteen years of age, the family was devastated. Mum Helen, Dad Sam and sisters Lydia and Claudia’s lives were changed the instant Julia didn’t return home. The family was torn apart and twenty years on, Lydia was estranged from her remaining sister, as well as her mother. Lydia’s life had been a constant struggle to survive and as a single mother to seventeen year old Dee, and Rick, an ex-criminal as her partner she felt bitter as barely a day went by without thoughts of Julia entering her mind. When the news of yet another missing teenager blanketed the news, Lydia felt all the emotions come rushing back…
Claire’s fortunes had been completely different - married to a millionaire, she wanted for nothing. But she too missed Julia deeply and never felt complete. And when suddenly, shockingly, Claire’s husband was murdered in front of her eyes, her heartbreak and devastating loss came crashing back around her. Claire’s nightmare became worse when she returned from the funeral to find her home had been burgled – as her life crumbled around her, Claire had one thought; she desperately needed Lydia by her side.
When the two sisters came together after so long apart, the bond was still there – but the trust wasn’t. But they needed to find the answers – they needed to find out what had happened to Julia; the puzzle of both tragedies needed to be solved. Was it possible or were their lives irreparably damaged forever? Would they be able to unearth secrets which had been buried for so long?
Phew! What a breathtaking ride! Author Karin Slaughter is completely amazing – she’s taken me to places I hope I never have to experience other than in fiction! With her usual style and finesse, Slaughter has written a standalone novel which is filled with grit, tension and terror; but also love, hope and redemption. Pretty Girls is a harrowing psychological thriller which is powerful and intense; the plot twists are fabulous and unexpected – the evil is monstrous! I have no hesitation in recommending Pretty Girls extremely highly to all thriller lovers. It’s definitely a keeper!
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When Chief of Police at Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder was called in the early hours of the morning to the Amish bishop’s home, she certainly didn’t eWhen Chief of Police at Painters Mill, Kate Burkholder was called in the early hours of the morning to the Amish bishop’s home, she certainly didn’t expect what she found. Accompanied by her partner, Agent John Tomasetti they discovered the bishop’s wife cradling a newborn baby in her arms. The bishop had heard knocking at around 4am and when he opened the front door and found the basket on his front step, he was shocked. But the baby girl seemed healthy and was obviously only a few hours old – she was wrapped in a quilt with a wooden rattle beside her – both of which Kate was sure were Amish…
With few clues to help them out, Kate began the search for the mother of the infant. But would she find her? And what would be the story behind the abandonment of a healthy baby girl – why would anyone do such a terrible thing?
Absolutely loved this short story by Linda Castillo! Another Kate Burkholder mystery and even though quite short it was complete. I was excited when I saw this was out, and grabbed it straight away. Love this author’s work and can’t wait for the next full length book in the series. Highly recommended. ...more