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Lunching The Girls [Kindle Edition]

Martin O'Brien
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lunching The Girls is about greed and vanity, truth and deception, trust and betrayal. Set in New York, it tells the story of one man's rise to social and professional prominence. And how one of his closest friends conspires to bring him down.

Meet Cully Mortimer. In his early fifties, pompous, patronising, and blind to his own many shortcomings, Cully is a celebrated food writer and newspaper columnist living in Manhattan whose lonely, resolutely single life revolves around the restaurants he reviews, and the women – always women – who join him for lunch and dinner.

These companions – elegant wives, scheming mistresses, and steely career women – provide Cully with all the gloss, glamour, and social standing he desires. But he is neither as popular nor as dearly loved as he so fondly imagines, his celebrity and connections no defense when his carefully-constructed life is turned upside down.

When one of his lunch companions is found dead, a bizarre set of coincidences and a cleverly-laid trail of evidence lead to Cully's arrest for murder. Realising he's been framed, he narrows down his list of suspects to four of the women he 'lunches'.

Four very different suspects, with four very different motives.

But which one of them framed Cully?

How can he trap them into confessing?

And what does he learn about himself in the process?

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: MobukPress; 1 edition (16 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V0PS0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in South Devon, educated at The Oratory School, and at Hertford College, Oxford, Martin O'Brien lasted five days as a graduate trainee with an American investment bank before leaving the City to pursue a career as a writer and journalist.

Following a raft of would-be writer's jobs (short-order griddle-chef, waiter, cocktail barman, removals and demolition man), Martin joined Condé Nast Publications as a copy-sub and later became Travel Editor at British Vogue, a position he held for a number of years.

After leaving Vogue, he wrote a book about hookers and whorehouses around the world ("A classic among travel books" - Auberon Waugh, Books & Bookmen), and freelanced as a travel and life-style writer for a number of international magazines.

When marriage and fatherhood put an end to his travelling days, Martin settled down to write the Daniel Jacquot detective series ("Rich, spicy, and served up with unmistakeable relish" - The Literary Review), and straight-to-paperback thrillers under the name Jack Drummond ("Big, high-pitched disaster novels don't come much more thrilling than this" - The Daily Mirror).

Martin's books have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian, Turkish, and Hebrew. He also writes stand-alone e-books, the first of which, Lunching The Girls, is now available for download.

His latest book, Knife Gun Poison Bomb, is Jacquot's eighth outing, and a first-draft follow-up - Talking To The Sharks - is nearing completion.

After more than thirty years on the road, Martin lives in the Cotswolds with his wife, two daughters, and a spaniel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous who dunnit! 31 July 2012
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I personally am a fan of Martin O'Brien's books having read all of the Jacquot detective series which are set in Provence.

In Lunching the Girls, we are transported to New York and testament to this writer's skills find, feel, and smell the city in as vivid and different detail as Marseilles for Inspector Jacquot.

Very very good read, very different but just as exciting with a plot that twists and turns and leaves you guessing (wrongly) who the murderer is until the last chapter. Good food, restaurants, characters and sex from a book that you can as easily read on the beach as in bed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another captivating Obrien 13 Jun. 2013
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I have to say I approached Lunching The Girls in a rather negative frame of mind, but having read all the Jacquot books I was desperate for something, anything, more to read from the pen of Martin Obrien. In fact 'Lunching' is entirely different but superb. Highly original loads of atmosphere and well drawn characters.

And, just when I was starting to forgive OBrien for killing off Marie-Ange he gives us the captivating Roo. Just read what happens - you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sizzler 6 Feb. 2013
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Just when the beginning of this story was getting a little long the book completely took off like a rocket and I couldn't' put it down, I don't want to give anything away so just read it.... And have you read the Jacquot books by the same author?? if not you are in for another treat...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jacquot it isn't. 12 Aug. 2014
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I love the Jacquot books and thought I'd try something different. O'Brien is a highly engaging writer, but this one failed to keep my attention this time round. Perhaps when I pick it up to try again I'll wonder why I didn't care for it the first time around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very different Martin O'Brien 9 Oct. 2013
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Completely different style from Martin O'Brien in an unusual setting but a good plot made a good read and i enjoyed the foody bits
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