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Presumed Dead

Presumed Dead [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Wells
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Dylan Scott has problems. Dismissed in disgrace from the police force for assaulting a suspect, he has no job, his wife has thrown him out and—worse luck—his mother has moved in. So when Holly Champion begs him to investigate the disappearance of her mother thirteen years ago, he can't say no, even though it means taking up residence in the dreary Lancashire town of Dawson's Clough for the duration.

Although the local police still believe Anita Champion took off for a better life, Dylan's inquiries turn up plenty of potential suspects: the drug-dealing, muscle-bound bouncer at the club where Anita was last seen; the missing woman's four girlfriends, out for revenge; the local landowner with rumored mob connections—the list goes on. But no one is telling Dylan all they know—and he soon finds that one sleepy Northern town can keep a lot of secrets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0G6QU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shirley was born and raised in the Cotswolds, where her headmaster wrote on her school report--Shirley is content to dream her life away.

Years later--as an adult living in Cyprus--it dawned on her that this wasn't necessarily a bad thing and that fellow dreamers, in the guise of fiction writers, had been getting away with it for centuries.

A move to the Orkney island of Hoy followed and, during the twelve years she spent there, she wrote short stories as well as full-length romantic fiction for UK women's magazines.

She's now settled in Lancashire, where the Pennines provide the inspiration and setting for her popular mystery novels. She and her husband share their home with an ever-changing selection of deranged pets, who often insist on cameo roles in Shirley's novels.

When she isn't writing, Shirley loves reading (anything and everything), listening to live music, watching TV, eating chocolate and drinking whisky--though not necessarily at the same time. She's also a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club and can often be seen in the biting wind and pouring rain cheering on her favourite team.

And she's still content to dream her life away.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New man in my life 1 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a lot of crime/mystery books but it has been a long time since I discovered a character that I would fall in love with right from the start. Presumed Dead is a great story and the author misled me a couple of times before finally letting me know who the real murderer was. I like that! It's also well written, with some great lines that made me laugh. I do like a bit of humour between the dastardly deeds! I was so caught up in the story that I read it in two sittings and that was only because I had to put it down once to do something else that could't be put off. The real treat for me though was being introduced to the somewhat reluctant private investigator, Dylan Scott. I took to this man right away and now I want to know more about him. Will he get back together with his wife? Will his mother move out? Will he move to Lancashire and be rid of them both? I hope the author will soon produce another in the series because I can't wait to find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Dead 11 Aug 2013
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Very well written and an excellent read. One of those you can't put down once you've started. The characters in the book were very much brought to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five More Stars for Shirley Wells 1 Nov 2011
By Donna
Format:Kindle Edition
Shirley Wells is a delightful, reliable writer. You can relax with one of her books knowing you're in for a good read: Well-crafted plots, vivid characters, well-developed backgrounds and all with a touch of humor. Down-on-his-luck Dylan Scott is an immediately likeable hero. He's also tenacious, even when he doesn't want to take the case. The thing is, he cares about people--his client, the victim, even some of the suspects. And he cares about justice--even when he doesn't want to. I was pulling for Dylan all the way through and I wasn't disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery 17 Oct 2011
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I really loved this book. I enjoyed all the characters and the way the plot fit nicely together without any cliched action. I can see Dylan Scott being a regular in my TBR pile.
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Private investigator Dylan Scott bites off rather more than he would like to chew when he takes on the task of findng out what happpened to Anita Chapman a gorgeous Lancashire lass who vanished years before. The search takes Dylan to Dawson's Clough, a town in the back of beyond where the men like to speak their minds and the beer is unpredictable. We are introduced to an array of characters all of whom are lightly but vividly sketched. And whilst the search goes on we gradually learn more about Dylan's wife Bev and his zany mother who is outstaying her welcome at his house. In time Bev becomes reluctantly involved in the search and in doing so allows the reader to get to know the hero from a new viewpoint - and become very worried for Bev's safety.
This is a racily told story, and in the typical British detective mould where the tension is gradually cranked up. There are no gruesome passages, no forensic analyses, no offloading of boring information onto the reader. This is a book based on characters and the way in which people betray themselves. The reader is drawn into Dylan's investigative adventure and one feels rather like a parrot sitting on his shoulder and seeing everything from his view. But at the end we gain other viewpoints and there are not one, but two twists in the tale, making for a highly satisfying read.
I was very much drawn in by the warmth and humanity running through this story, something which can be lacking in modern writing when a kind of brittle cleverness seems to be the writer's main concern.
Bring on the next Dylan adventure, I'm looking forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Good Read! 1 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What starts with a simple missing person case soon unfolds into a story that will keep you gripped until you turn the final page.
An excellent read that I can't recommend highly enough. I can't wait for the next Dylan Scott mystery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 1 Mar 2011
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Presumed Dead is a fantastic book with a brilliant story line that kept me turning the page to solve the mystery. The characters are portrayed well, and the mystery is well detailed, meaning that I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this stunning book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is as good as the 9 July 2014
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I am reading all of Shirley wells books and they are all so far unputdown stories. This one is as good as the rest
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The first novel in a series this book is about a missing persons investigation in rural Lancashire. The tracing of the events to its conclusion was well written and enjoyable to... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
Really good, interesting book, kept you guessing right to then end and then tied up all the loose ends about the local gangster
Published 1 day ago by margaret howlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoying reading a new writer to me anyway. Keep enthralled and reading. Now getting all her books.
Published 6 days ago by Carolann
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Wells (Dylan Scott) has a great lively style . . .
Shirley Wells (Dylan Scott) has a great lively style that makes each successive book continue Dylan Scott's life.
Published 11 days ago by John Aspin
4.0 out of 5 stars presumed dead
Another good book by Shirley Wells. I shall have to read more of the books in the series very soon.
Published 29 days ago by Valerie Dorey
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Published 1 month ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
4.0 out of 5 stars It's always a good sign if I look for other books
First book by this author. It's always a good sign if I look for other books.
Published 1 month ago by trisue
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it highly
I could not put this book down. It certainly kept your suspence buds going. I would recommend it highly.
Published 1 month ago by R C FULCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Totally brilliant and was captured by the plot in this book and couldn't put it down and looking forward to the next book.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another real mystery, kept me guessing until the end of the story. Would recommend this one to all who like to be kept wondering til the last page.
Published 2 months ago by Annabelle
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