- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2622 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Publisher: Annie McDowall (20 Oct. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005YR0OD2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#273,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #328 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Detective
- #813 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
- #12631 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Women's Fiction
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Top Customer Reviews
If this is a first novel then it's a cracker. Can't wait for the next one.
The characters are deeper than you usually find in this kind of book and you really care what happens to Nikki: her concerns are bang up to date and I've enjoyed reading about her world. The violence is not graphic which I also like and the dialogue snappy: think a streamlined Caroline Graham with a bit more swearing. The book's not verbose - the author makes every word count.
Witty, fun, and so far I can't guess who done it: more of Nikki, please, Ms. McDowell, and thanks for a great read.
I really enjoyed this. It was original, warm, funny and well-written. It was great to have a different set up to the usual police/private investigator/Miss Marple style book.
Why only 4 stars, rather than 5? I only give 5 star reviews to life-changing books (e.g. Don Quixote) but, if I could give 4.5, I would.
On the whole though, I found this story about Nikki Elliot, harmeless light reading. I thought her friend Benjamin, another homosexual who was always looking for The One, was a right pain in the proverbials and he had too big a part in the story!
Nikki was kicked back to work at a local South London charity as some kind of admin assistant. She and a competent coloured girl called Geri semed to run the place between them. Everyone else drifted in and out or got killed. The centre held various classes for disadvantaged people- Grannies for peace, a yoga class for pregnant women and another for stressed people, art classes and a group of delinquent boys, 2 of whom tried to kill Nikki at the behest of someone who thought her to be finding out too much about the financial shenanigans going on a Action in Care.
The book contains a motely group of characters, mostly gay or coloured, and lots of murders and our Heroine Nikki helps to solve them all with the help of said motely crew. She ends up with one of the investigating Policewomen in her bed.
The next book has poor reviews and even the author suggests that this is her best book (of two) so I won't spend £1.80 to find out. This one was the perfect price - free!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a good read. Fairly light-hearted despite the murders and mystery. Warm characters carefully sculpted by the author. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mick Perry
I loved the sense of having a hero(ine) who actually doesn't get everything just right in every circumstance. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
superb first book. i couldn't put it down and read it as quickly as i could to find out who done it! great characters and believeable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by nowtsoqueer
A fair read but not one I would call gripping. Not really my kind of book. Perhaps I prefer more of a thriller.Published 22 months ago by Iris Hilliard
The story gets better as it goes on, I'm glad I stuck with it to the end. The beginning is rather plain and basic, but the story had so much potential. Read morePublished on 28 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
I found this to be one of the best reads of the last few months. A well thought-out (and believeable) plot lines made for an engrossing read. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Shaun Peare
I was attracted to the book by the backdrop. Community Centre and charity work with whodunit storyline.
I liked the easy-going writing style. Read more
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