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Risking it All (A Fran Varady Crime novel) [Paperback]

Ann Granger
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Book Description

4 Mar 2002

When Fran Varady is approached by Private Investigator Clarence Duke, she mistrusts him on instinct. But she can't ignore what he has to tell her. Her mother, Eva, who walked out on Fran when she was only seven years old, has hired Clarence to find her daughter. And for good reason. Eva is dying.

Within days, Fran is reunited with the mother she hasn't seen for fifteen years, and is soon to lose again. But the biggest bombshell is still to come. Eva has another child - a daughter she gave up soon after her birth - and she wants Fran to find her.

Matters aren't helped by the fact that slippery Clarence Duke seems intent on discovering what she's up to. But it's when he's found dead in his car outside Fran's home that the trouble really begins ...

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Headline, London (4 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747268010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755344659
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is married, with two sons, and she and her husband, who also worked for the Foreign Office, are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

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The reader can expect a treat. [Fran Varady] is as fresh and vital as ever...Lively, different and fun (Yorkshire Post)

A fascinating tale... Highly recommended (Mystery Women Newsletter)

A clever and lively book (Margaret Yorke)

A very believable pair of sleuths (Oxford Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fran Varady finds that reuniting families can be dangerous in her fourth electrifying mystery

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as M&M, but still enjoyable 10 April 2002
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This series is not as enjoyable as her Mitchell and Markby one, and yes, if i had the choice (and the power) i would say that she should only write that series.
Nonetheless, this is extremely enjoyable, and a ncie, light, read. If you want a break from the harder kind of fiction we are getting today (see, Mo Hayder in particular, an excellent writer) then this is a good candidate.
The plot is good, and it's great to see the introduction (and exuent) of Eva, Fran's mother. It really has injected something into the series, and is nicely different to much in fiction today.
The writing is lively and fun, and Fran is a very likeable character. The plot is a cracker, at heart a traditional detective story with a nice contemporary twist. However, the only thing which lets it down is the fact that the identity and motivation of the killer struck me as a little unlikely. However, that does not detract from the high-quality of this mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars STILL HIGHLY RESOURCEFUL 15 July 2012
Fran Varady, 21, clothes courtesy of charity shops. Her days in a squat had seemed over, but now she is again down on her luck - present residence a shop's garage, courtesy of friend Ganesh and his Uncle Hari. She is the very last person one would expect to be a detective, yet here is her third case. A dying request from the mother who walked out fourteen years ago leads to revelations and a body or two....

Fran is refreshingly different, she so familiar with Camden's seamier side - the colourful characters somehow eking out a living amidst the graffiti, discarded needles and unpleasant smells. It sounds a bit grim, but Fran narrates with perky, self-effacing humour. This is her world, she able to discover what more conventional investigators may not.

Some readers may feel the deathbed plea which sets everything off does not really ring true. Fran's mother seeks peace of mind, but must know any attempt to carry out her wishes can only cause major upset for others. Why not simply let things be? A 300+ page novel surely needs more convincing foundations? On the plus side is the character of Fran herself. Likeable too is Ganesh, his patience yet again sorely tried. Always he proves loyal and this comes across movingly.

Fans may be happy, but this particular adventure seems unlikely to create converts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another anne granger great 20 Jun 2014
By carly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love the Fran Varady series, keep them coming Ann. Read all the series and enjoyed them all there anymore in the pipeline,
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