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Cross Dressed to Kill [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Lucas
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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A TORRID TALE of love, loss, blackmail, revenge, and serial MURDER... Gripping - Funny - Thrilling - Compelling.. SET SNUGLY in middle England, in a small town just like yours, where nothing nasty should ever happen, 'Cross-dressed to kill' is a darkly comedic thriller, telling a torrid tale of love, loss, revenge, and murder. Lying somewhere between Niall Johnsons and Richard Russos 'Keeping Mum' and CBS televisions 'Dexter' (a serial killer hero - should you love him or hate him?). Cross-dressed to kill picks up the story of a likeable rogue, a gently camp hairdresser, who, disappointed with life and disillusioned with his once glittering career, after he begins chatting neurotically to his antithetical reflection in a salon mirror, starts culling his most irritating elderly clients. Cross-dressed to kill follows its 'hero' through the course of one turbulent year, charting half a dozen unfortunate deaths, a gender-ambiguous love interest, an arrest and conviction, a thrilling escape, and ultimately devastating revenge....... andrewlucas.co.uk/. ---- 'Easy reading at its very best, a captivating writing style'. Petra Kitto - CGD July 2011. ----'Fab holiday reading, had me laughing on the sand and on the edge of my bed last thing before sundown'. ---- 'In 'Cross dressed to kill' Andrew Lucas presents us with a baddy indeed, but a nicer, more appealing villain, a serial killer to love, a Sweeney Todd for the 21st century' . Max Southwell - Read/Write, May 2011. ---- 'CROSS DRESSED TO KILL is what Graham Greene used to call 'an entertainment'. It is not quite a traditional literary novel, although the style of writing is literary, and it makes no pretentions to changing the face of the cultural history of our century. It sets out to amuse, surprise, and entertain, and in this it succeeds. It is pleasingly amoral. The novel is driven conventionally by plot, character, and situation, but also by a very sure hand with dialogue, inner thought, and both mental and physical landscape, which effectively advances the narrative. While it is a well paced, escapist, witty read and can be enjoyed on that level alone, there is more than a whisper, a resonance, of social comment, which - without wishing to sound too pretentious - I think gives the manuscript bite. I read this on a fine cold afternoon in my conservatory in Oxfordshire with a glass of Chardonnay at my elbow, and it the novel was well suited to that function. Andrew Lucas successfully creates in the reader the suspension of disbelief, which has been the task of the novelist since the first storyteller unrolled his mat in the market square, and gives him or her a few hours of escapist pleasure. The reader is inextricably involved in the happenings. I am sure that I will not be the only person to appreciate this well structured, blackly comedic thriller. In particular, it has an original plot, which, these days, is not all that frequently encountered. I don't think there has been murderous hairdresser since the demise of Sweeney Todd.' Bryn Blackthorn PP and E.

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Andrew Lucas was born in Hampshire in 1958, writer, businessman, and father of four, Andrew attended St Michaels School in Aldershot, and Farnham school of art & design, before graduating as an adult through UOB(Eng Lit) in 1996. During the years between college and university Andrew trained as hairstylist and later as a photographic stylist and make-up artist through Vidal Sassoon, the Lauder Group, and Essanelle (Harrods & Selfridges). During the late eighties and early nineties Andrew left London to build and manage the successful hair & beauty group 'Mirror Mirror', before moving to Isle of Wight to set up and run Andrew Ross H&B. Always a storyteller at heart, in March 2008 Andrew retired from business to concentrate on writing full time. Among other credits: - Observer 1978 'Running home' Gold. Magazine & journalistic credits - Woman - Womens own - Tatler - Daily mail - The New Englander (Historical 'faction'). Short stories - 'The count of Monte Cristo died here' (Boston tell-a-tale 2005 winner - 'Ryan Chillerton was not my mate' - 'Aspic and an old face' New York 'A day in a book' winner. Books -'Cross dressed to kill' UK No.1 bestselling ebook, summer 2011. 'Reunion' 2008 (Re-issue due Spring 2013). 'The final cut' 2000 (Pied Piper). Poetry - first and last Home Counties Lit-Fest Poetry prize. 'Summat to fink abaht'. A 'Save the Children' collection of poety, yarns, and sillies. Andrew Lucas loves the Arvon foundation and is currently working on 'Undressed to Kill' a follow-up (but not necessarily a sequel) to CD2Kill, due for publication autumn 2012. http://www.andrewlucas.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1627 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: YeS Press; Revised edition (17 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WF3ZB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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http://www.andrewlucas.co.uk

Writer, businessman, and father of four, Andrew Lucas was born in Hampshire in 1958, and attended St Michaels School in Aldershot and Farnham school of art & design before graduating as an adult through UOB(Eng Lit) in 1996.
During the years between college and university Andrew trained as hairsdresser and as a photographic stylist and make-up artist through Vidal Sassoon, the Lauder Group, and Essanelle (Harrods & Selfridges). During the late eighties and early nineties Andrew left London to build and manage the successful hair & beauty group 'Mirror Mirror', before moving to Isle of Wight to set up and run Andrew Ross H&B. Always a storyteller at heart, in March 2008 Andrew retired from business to concentrate on writing full time.
Among other credits: - Observer 1978 'Running home' Gold. Magazine & journalistic credits - Woman - Womens own - Tatler - Daily mail - The New Englander (Historical 'faction'). Short stories - 'The count of Monte Cristo died here' (Boston tell-a-tale 2005 winner) - 'Ryan Chillerton was not my mate' - 'Aspic and an old face' New York 'A day in a book' winner. Books -'Cross dressed to kill' UK No.1 bestselling ebook, summer 2011. 'Reunion' 2008 (Re-issue due Spring 2013). 'The final cut' 2000 (Pied Piper). Poetry - first and last Home Counties Lit-Fest Poetry prize. 'Summat to fink abaht'. A 'Save the Children' collection of poetry, yarns, and sillies.
Andrew Lucas loves the Arvon foundation and is currently working on 'Undressed to Kill' a follow-up (but not necessarily a sequel) to CD2Kill, due for publication autumn 2013.
http://www.andrewlucas.co.uk

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've just spent a week getting very cross with all the people who kept interrupting me when I was lost in this book. The house is a mess, but who cares? From the first sentence, I was drawn into the life of the main character. I was intrigued, I laughed, I was hooked on the plot and absolutely loved the little sub-stories within the book. Andrew Lucas is a great observer of body language, and the reader can instantly "see" the characters from his insightful and often amusing descriptions, whilst never quite knowing the answer to a couple of questions until the very end of the book. An absolute joy, and I hope very much that there will be more from this talented author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 29 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended to me by someone who knew the author, and pronounced it very funny - I like humour in books and decided to give it a go. She was right - it certainly is funny and actually quite a compelling story.

It features a hairdresser, struggling to keep his failing salon afloat who becomes depressed and mentally unstable after the sudden death of his mother, to the extent that he kills one of his clients when she upsets him. Several other murders follow, most of them unintentional, driven by circumstances. His life spirals drastically out of control as he endeavours to stay one step ahead of several people who suspect him, but justice finally catches up with him, although even then his ingenuity saves him eventually.

It's a black comedy, which I would have enjoyed much more if it had only been subject to some serious proof reading - I have never read a book with more errors than this one. I read the Kindle version, which may possibly explain it, but was nevertheless extremely irritating. I know that Andrew Lucas has other works in the pipeline and would suggest that he engages the services of a good proof reader - I'd do it for him myself (at a price).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading? 25 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is long-winded and tedious. It took me about 50 times as long to finish as any other book in recent memory and only because I assumed, wrongly, that it must get better to have received such high ratings from others. I normally find Amazon ratings to be spot on but in this case either I completely missed the point or others' ratings were bumped up by the fact that it is "award-winning" and interestingly titled!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy fiction 20 Aug. 2014
By Penny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
first half of the book was ok but the whole thing didn't work for me . Total fiction couldn't even begin to picture this , didn't find at all funny and wanted the book to finish. Nearly gave up but pursed to the end. Waste of time reading it. Glad I only paid 77p..
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1.0 out of 5 stars High hopes but sorely disappointed 10 Mar. 2014
By cag
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Hoping for an effortless read with some laughs I found this dull and disappointing. The descriptions droned on and I found no humour. One of the handful of books in my entire reading life (approx 40years!) that I eventually abandoned without finishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great find! 10 Jun. 2013
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I was reading another book at the time when I saw this book on an Amazon recommendations email. I hadn't heard of the author before but I like crime books so as it was only 77p I thought I would give it a go. As a different genre to my other book the idea was I'd read both of these as one a traditional book and this one on my kindle. I had a bit of a dip into this book and just couldn't put it down. It's got murder in it and at times is quite funny. I know it shouldn't be but it was just some of the quirky obsessive ways the murderer has you couldn't help but chuckle and had to find out what happens next. Some reviewers haven't got the point saying that it's not funny- it is- just not to be taken too seriously. Enjoyed it and would read the follow up when it is released.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Dec. 2012
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Started off really well and looked forward to picking it up whenever I could until I got to halfway when it started going downhill. Became repetitious, I was bored and couldn't be bothered finishing it. What a shame after such a good start.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cross dressed to kill 11 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I echo all of the previous one star reviewers. In the past, I have always managed to finish even the dullest of books but this one beat me. The numerous grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and missing words which were mildly annoying to start with, made my blood boil by the time I was half way through. On top of that, the constant name dropping of 'Starbucks' and 'Marks and Sparks' does make me wonder if there is a sponsorship deal involved. The plot is tedious and humourless, the characters are all very dislikable and corrupt. I have no good things to say about this book and can't urge you enough to save your money and time by choosing something/anything else.
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