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Food of Ghosts (The Scottish Lady Detective mysteries Book 1) by [Wheelaghan, Marianne]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Scottish Lady Detective Mystery (2 Book Series)

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'Set against an exotic backdrop, this thriller has a complex heroine who's as fragile as she is feisty - and who must tackle culture clashes and family ties as well as crime if she's to survive.' Karen Campbell --Karen Campbell

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Edinburgh-born writer, Marianne Wheelaghan, has travelled extensively. She now lives back in Edinburgh with her family. When she is not writing, she is managing her online writing school (writingclasses.co.uk). Food of Ghosts is her debut crime novel, and second novel, the first being The Blue Suitcase. The Blue Suitcase was published in 2010 to great acclaim and is an historic fiction, partly based on a true-life story, which tells the remarkable account of a teenage girl growing up in Nazi Germany. Food Of Ghosts is the first in a series of crime novels set in the Pacific and featuring the exciting new, feisty fictional detective DS Louisa Townsend. The second Pacific crime novel is due out in 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
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  • Publisher: Pilrig Press (4 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2AAG1G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy a well written crime thriller, and this certainly fits the bill. DS Townsend is a complex character with her weaknesses as well as strengths - weaknesses that are particularly tested in her posting on Kiribati. The local atmosphere is very well established and maintained with plenty of references to local sites, institutions, characters and culture. I spent a week or so on Tarawa en route to and from the island of Banaba to shoot a BBC documentary: I found Food of Ghosts evoked many of the aspects of life that I remember from my visit. But while knowing a bit about Tarawa and Kiribati enhanced my enjoyment of the novel, I am confident that it stands well on its own as an intriguing crime thriller set in an exotic (but by no means paradisical) location. Highly recommended.
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Louisa, a Detective Sergeant, goes to the Gilbert Island of Tarawa as a European Commission trainer. She was born on the island and lived there till she was eight, when she moved with her family to Edinburgh. While there, she is face with a murder and a huge amount of frustration. The police have no radios, there is no SOCO service and the mortuary freezer's broken, still awaiting a part. Her frustration is compounded by the archaic views of her male colleagues and the cultural differences between people in her Scottish home and those on the island. She is faced with bullying, monstrous injustice and some very nasty expatriates.

This is one of the quirkiest detective stories I've ever read. The situations Louise finds herself in are funny, infuriating and completely gripping. There's the magic of the island with its family centred culture and the mystery of the increasing body count. The character of Louisa, with her deep sense of justice, her mild OCD and her extended island family to complicate matters, is surely one we must see again. Marianne Wheelaghan is a great story teller and she's created a potential series here. This is a hugely enjoyable book, complex and engaging, and I hope there will be more of the same to come.
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In her latest book Food of Ghosts Marianne Wheelaghan deftly switches genres to create an inventive and satisfying murder mystery set in the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa. The main character is Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend who has recently returned to the place of her birth. After many years in Scotland she is now an I-Matang, an outsider who struggles to make sense of a culture she left when she was eight years old. Brought in to act as a consultant to improve local police methods, circumstances place her in charge of a gruesome murder investigation.

Wheelaghan's earlier book The Blue Suitcase made me a fan. I waited eagerly for Food of Ghosts and was not disappointed. There is much here to please the reader. The murder mystery is inventive and keeps you guessing until the end of the book. As appealing is the sense of place and culture that Wheelaghan weaves into the story. Once again Marianne Wheelaghan demonstrates that she is up to the task. I read the book in one day. I think other readers will find it as compelling.
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Food of ghosts by Marianne wheelaghan.

I have just finished Food of ghosts. I thought it was really well written and kept me guessing to who murdered who right till the end. I thought Louisa was very interesting the way. She fought her own inner demons with needing to be clean and bad thoughts, while being sounded by mess and dead people. When she found the dead guy with missing eyes, it made me want to vomit there was enough mood setting and deception though out this book to make you feel like you were seeing it for yourself .

I love the brief manhood nudity. It made me laugh so much. I think this book takes you on a journey through the Island and made you want to find the murderer. I so wanted to bang Nicole's and Christine's heads together by the middle of the book they defiantly were entertaining with their gossiping bitchy ways.

I had best stop there or I will end up giving away the story and I don't wanna do that.
This book is one to read on a cold night and you won't be able to put it down till gone 1 am. I couldn't and will likely read it again it was great.

This book is a huge credit to Marianne. She should be super proud of herself on a gut churning sensitive, gripping keeping you on the edge of your seat novel.

I had to stay up just know how it ended. And it definitely didn't disappoint.

Congrats.
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Food of Ghosts is the first in a series of books about DS Townsend. I haven't read anything by this author before but I really enjoyed this book.
The book is set on the tiny island of Tarawa, Louisa is originally from the island but she is visiting from Edinburgh where she now lives and works. Her job is to teach local police basic detecting skills but when a man is found dead with his eyes gouged out, she is put in charge of a full blown murder investigation. However, this is not Edinburgy; Louisa really has her work cut out, there is no forensic unit and her colleagues don't have a clue how to investigate anything. As more bodies begin piling up, Louisa is majorly under pressure.
I found this book really interesting, the island setting adds a totally different element to the standard detective story; it adds a lot of humour due to Louisa finding herself in so many bizarre situations. Her OCD makes her job even harder but makes her character more interesting, her problem is quite individual, it was a breath of fresh air compared to the drink problem or recent divorce that most fictional detectives are experiencing.
Food of Ghosts reminded me a little of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. As with those books, the case being investigated is interesting but it is the setting and the characters which make the book.
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