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Strangers in Company

Strangers in Company [Kindle Edition]

Jane Aiken Hodge
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Marian is in her mid-thirties, and trying to get over the shock of her eighteen-year-old twins leaving her to live with their father in the USA. As a distraction she takes a job looking after a younger woman, Stella, on a coach tour to Greece. It seems to be the answer to all her worries - financial and otherwise - although there is some mystery surrounding Stella's background.

As the tour gets underway, strange things begin happen, including some serious accidents. People become suspicious, and nobody is at all sure whom they can trust. Marion becomes increasingly worried, both for her own sake and for Stella's, and at the same time tries to resist her increasing attraction to a friendly classics professor who is also on the tour.

A suspenseful thriller, tense and concise, that builds interesting characters with ease.

About the Author

Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts to Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Conrad Aiken, and his first wife, writer Jessie McDonald. Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex, where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born. From 1935, Jane Hodge read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, and in 1938 she took a second degree in English at Radcliffe College. She was a civil servant, and also worked for Time Magazine, before returning to the UK in 1947. Her works of fiction include historical novels and contemporary detective novels. In 1972 she renounced her United States citizenship and became a British subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M73D2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as when I first read it 25 Oct 2013
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Read this years ago, as a young teenager, and I actually think I enjoyed it more this time, in my late 50's
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable romp 2 April 2013
By ellis
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A little bit of suspended disbelief needed at the beginning to accept the "job" the heroine takes. Jane Aiken Hodge always tells a good story, and she has a wonderful feel of "place". This was an enjoyable tale, comfort reading at its best. Only four stars because, looked at afterwards, some of the plot lines are a bit tenuous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 9 Sep 2012
By suzatm - Published on
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I hope they bring out all of the author's books in ebook form. I read all of her books when I was younger and in school. This was a great book for reading while it rained. All of the great mystery writers such as Jane Aiken Hodge, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Madeline Brent, Catherine Gaskin.........should have their books brought out as ebooks so these wonderful mysteries are not lost. They do not have the descriptive sex and violence that newer books have an abundance of. I think this makes them more enjoyable because you are actually getting more story content. I read this long enough ago to have forgotten how it ended and found myself caught up enough to read it in one day. Please don't let these classic books disappear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangers In Company 4.5 stars 9 Dec 2012
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I rate this book 4.5 stars. I read this book years ago and was so pleased to be able to read it again on kindle. This author is on par with others of this time and genre, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Michaels and company.

After a long and unfulfilling marriage Marion Frenche becomes the paid companion of a young lady on a bus tour of Greece. After a series of suspicious deaths and accidents Marion comes to the conclusion that it may be unwise to trust her fellow passengers as no one is quite who they seem.

This is a rather dated cozy mystery, more gentle suspense, although it does have a romantic subplot. The mystery component is surprisingly convoluted. It does have an air of foreboding, sinister coziness. The descriptions of the countryside, mythology and history were surprisingly informative.

There were some editing issues but not enough to get in the way of a wonderful cozy mystery that would appeal to all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gothic thriller fan 12 Jan 2012
By Heather Fertig - Published on
I really liked this book - half the time you're questioning the heroine's sanity but still rooting for her throughout. It's a vintage gothic thriller classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense 20 Mar 2013
By M. A. Fish - Published on
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I liked the character development. as the book went on, and the Greek countryside was icing on the cake. I like this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Example Of Jane Aiken Hodge Fiction 24 Dec 2012
By Lynne Fouraker - Published on
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This is set in contemporary Greece and is as entertaining as one would expect from this author. This is a little different in that the "heroine" is the middle-aged woman, Marian Frenche, rather than her young charge, Stella.
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