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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 February 2013
I'm an unashamed fan of Beverley Carter's novellas. You don't always want to be reading War and Peace and it's great to have something lighter you can read in an evening. If you've read The House on Tremawney Hill, you'll have met some of these characters. Alison owns the estate agency where Laura, main character for the earlier novella, and Denise, Alison's step daughter, also work. Denise and Alison have a lovely, bantering and believable relationship and these characters are nicely drawn.

When you tell your kids not to get mixed up with the wrong sort, you don't usually mean the well-to-do! Denise's new boyfriend introduces her to his rich but unpleasantly dysfunctional family. She is later asked by his mother to sell one of their properties and finds a body there. Within the limits of a novella it's hard to give minor characters much depth but still, the bland Mallowry, the waspish Victoria and the drunken, lecherous Toby made an impression on me and on the story. I didn't predict the ending, which had another layer of surprise too. From the fact that there is an unresolved sub-plot, I assume there's a possible further visit to Tremawney in store. I look forward to it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
Having previously read and enjoyed The House on Tremawney Hill I found this a real page turner, too. It was great to be reacquainted with Alison, Lorna and Denise. The character of Denise has really developed and matured in this story in a very surprising way. The members of De Vere family, with the exception of Rupert, were truly vile, each in their own despicable way and very well portrayed.

I don't want to give too much away so just buy it and read for yourself!

These short stories leave you wanting more so I'm going to find another Beverley Carter novella straight away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
It started reasonably well, but towards the end it was if the author just wanted to finish as soon as possible. It was totally unbelievable that e police inspector would hand over a murder investigation to a 19yr old estate agent clerk! And the final scene where she solves all the murders is just stupid. There were also many ends left untied as the ending was so abrupt. Not impressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
Superb book but not long enough. I could not put it down. Well done and keep them coming. I love the Cornwall theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2014
A good read very easy book to stop and pick up again, twists and turns kept you guessing to the very end didn't expect the e being it had so this just added to the enjoyment and sadness that my little journey into the lives of the Dr Ceres had ended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
I did enjoy the book and its worth reading, but I found it was too short, and therefore was a little simplistic in its content and conclusion. If you want a quick read its a good choice though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
An excellent read following on from the previously published short story. I look forward to a longer novel featuring these characters in the future
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2014
really enjoyed this book, couldn't stop reading it, wanted to get to the end to find out who "dunnit" then was sad the book had finished!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
This was a nicely written book . full of intrigue, twists and turns. I enjoyed it very much I would recommend it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
easy holiday read that didn't require too much thinking !!!! Good to see the links with characters from previous books .
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