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Crime in the Community [Paperback]

Cecilia Peartree
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: unknown (2011)
  • ASIN: B009ANO5B8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Cecilia Peartree is the pen name of a writer who lives in Edinburgh and works in an art gallery. She writes the Pitkirtly series of quirky mystery novels set in an imaginary town on the coast of Fife, and the Quest mystery/adventure novels set in the early 1950s.
As befits a mystery writer, she lives in a leafy suburb and has three cats.

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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 27 Sep 2011
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It is a bit hard to describe this novel, it is part thriller, part crime novel, and part cosy mystery. Also filled with gentle humour this is a book that isn't full of hardman action, but a nice relaxing read, that will definitely hold your interest.

Christopher is the chairman of the PLIF (Pitkirtly Local Improvement Forum), a small group who meet in a local pub and don't really do anything, after all Pitkirtly is a quiet backwater of a place. When Amaryllis, a retired spy moves to town though things start to get more interesting. With Amaryllis' plans for the local hall to be brought back into use, and Christopher's sister having a full breakdown things are rather hectic. But with a person mysteriously going missing, Christopher being offered a package of money, and even the PLIF supposedly having had council monetary support in the past, which no one knows about, things are getting a whole lot more complex, especially when Christopher is abducted.

Full of quirkiness and with some characters that will make you chuckle this is well worth reading. This would also make a good little mini-series for tv, so if you work in the industry this may well be worth you getting. I will have to check out some more books by this author.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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This is a gem of a book that I would have easily overlooked had it not been on the free Kindle list.

It's a mix of many different things that you so wouldn't expect to have been thrown together in a quiet little village in the middle of Nowhere, Scotland - money laundering, a retired spy moving to the village for peace and quiet - as if! - Iranian bad guys, the all-seeing eye of the Americans, busybodies, the local pub and place where it all happens, a bit of a mystery, a disappearance, council snoops, a touch of Hyacinth Bucket delusions and aspirations of grandeur, and from a man at that...It might sound confusing, but it totally worked, and I found myself chuckling quietly every so often.

The dialogue was witty, it had interesting characters, a well-thought-of plot and gently darkish humour. It reminded me a little of the community in the movie Hot Fuzz, but without the sinister bits. A great little tale.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but good 6 Jan 2012
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Crime in the Community
Cecilia Peartree
Read January 3 - 5 2012

My rating: 3 / 5

This book is billed a mystery, and is set in a Scottish village. I downloaded it as the customer reviews were favourable, and it fit with the genre of book I prefer, ie: crime/mystery/thriller. The front cover also suggested that it might be quite dark and bleak in places which again appealed to me.

Well, I was wrong. The old adage of `never judge a book by its cover' has never been truer! This book is not dark or bleak, and feels a million miles away from the image portrayed on the cover. The story doesn't have a dark or bleak angle and it certainly isn't a thriller, it is much more of a `friendly' mystery. What I meant by this is that the `bad guys' aren't of the type you'll find in a Lee Child, Harlan Coben or Jo Nesbo book, but instead are almost anonymous individuals with no real personal vendetta or malice.

I should note that this is the first of Peartree's books, and it seemed to me that the author had lots of ideas for different characters that she wanted to explore and as such, they all appear in this one book. The result if that you don't actually get to know any one character particularly well and therefore can't build a picture of them, nor feel any real empathy. For example, the lead character, Christopher, seems to have an interesting back story and complex relationships, yet this doesn't really come to light until the end and even then only in brief. I'd hope that future books in this series expand on the characters and we can begin to understand their actions and relationships more.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirkily Amusing Crime Novel 1 Oct 2011
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Here's another book I wouldn't have read if it hadn't been free on Kindle because I thought it might turn out to be rather silly. The writing is very good, the characters come alive in spite of the quirky humour throughout the novel. I really enjoyed it and the crime aspect was interesting enough to make me want to read it quickly to find out the answers to the various happenings. Although the answer didn't astound me, it wasn't blatantly obvious either. Now I'm going to buy the other two novels by the author Cecilia Peartree (surely not a real name!). After reading this, I am happy to pay for them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the wall but fun 31 Dec 2011
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I'm not too sure where to start with this one, to be honest I nearly put it down after the first few pages but am glad I did not.

Is is a thriller, a gentle detective story, a comedy; still not sure as it is a combination of all three with some vivid characters and was fun to read.

The story line is based around the characters on a village 'improvement' committee and their quiet life is rudely interrupted by the arrival of an outsider keen to join them after which life changes dramatically with council officials, spies, foreign agents, the police all taking a keen interest in their efforts to restore the village hall.

As I say, after an uncertain start I really enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars slightly disappointed
I didn't really enjoy this book, I found it a bit difficult to really gather what was going on, I am glad I didn't pay for it as I would have been disappointed by it.
Published 8 days ago by Ann C Beckett
1.0 out of 5 stars Odd book
Not sure what this was really...I read to the end,more out of curiosity than enjoyment
Wasn't really until the last few pages that the story came together, and then had a... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lenka Pike
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Published 17 days ago by ai
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Daughter's order, I cannot comment.
Published 19 days ago by Jackie Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars dont bother
started but soon lost interest
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody, but will suit many
Good for the author coming up with an interesting formula. I wasn't quite sure what age the characters were but it was open enough that quite a wide age range could identify with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elegsabiff
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Published 1 month ago by MARC
5.0 out of 5 stars Also I think the author is pretty plucky to do all this
Have only had a little read so far, and think it's awesomely sassy - I was told about this from another avid reader, and she is spot on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J E
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning
Really enjoyed this book, twisted and turned all over the place. What a joy. Cant wait to download the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs J Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime in the Community.
What a wonderful gentle read. The characters are described perfectly without going over the top and Amaryillis is certainly my type of gal! Read more
Published 2 months ago by t d savage
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