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Digging in the garden, builder and current owner, Bill Maynard, discovers some old bones. He worries that the discovery will upset his plans for renovating and selling the house. Fortunately, his neighbour tells him the whole area was a burial site at the time of the Black Death and finding bones is commonplace. "Well, as they're so old and the museums have enough bones al ...more
Paperback, 1, 224 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by Against the Flow Press
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Yawatta Hosby
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this contemporary fiction book. I loved that the house, Orchard View, was actually a character. Giving the home human characteristics was interesting.

The story foreshadowed that Etta may know a dark secret about those buried bones. The mystery motivated me to keep reading. Once the suspense built up with that twist…chapter four presented a backstory of Etta’s marriage and their neighbors. Then chapter after chapter showed the different residents of Orchard View. Some
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Karen
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
After purchasing the once grand Orchard View, builder, Bill Maynard, has his heart set on making a profit by converting it into bedsits. What he doesn’t bargain on is the discovery of human bones under the patio. After being told that the area was a burial site during the time of the Black Death, he has a decision to make – inform the police of his findings and risk losing money or cover the remains up and pretend they were never there. Whatever he decides to do, the discovery has set in motion ...more
Samantha Henthorn
My overall view of this book was that it gave me that wonderful feeling of wanting to carry on reading. The house, Orchard View tells her own story of people that have lived within her walls, judging their various misdemeanours whilst revealing her own quirks - who doesn't love a mention of crazy paving? I enjoyed being taken back to 1980s aspiring suburbia here! Deborah J Miles has an intriguing and wonderful style, some of the chapters were almost stories within the story (I love that), chapte ...more
Marina Johnson
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, well written book with a distinctive, slightly retro feel to the writing. Good characters and storyline, would recommend and read more by this author.
Brenda
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting little suspense that spans decades.
I've always thought houses had personalities, and this one certainly does.
Give it a read and discover the secrets.
Dave Holwill
Very different approach to a surprisingly dark tale of jealousy and murder, in which the houses themselves get to be characters.
Really liked it.
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Deborah Miles is married with three grown-up children and lives in Kent.

She has worked in banking, tourism, education and social services, and has hosted international students for over 30 years.

Her interests include: genealogy, self-improvement, home computing, web design, D.I.Y/gardening, pen friends and writing.

Deborah is independently published and created the imprint Against the
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