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Lady's Slipper: when past and present evils intertwine (Abby Foulkes Mysteries Book 2) by [Gray, Alison]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514250063
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alison Gray; 1 edition (4 Sept. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01259IU64
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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Much as I enjoyed reading Abby Foulke's last mystery, Hibiscus Fruit, I loved seeing Abby in her native environment even more. Abby is still recovering from the events of the last book and still in mourning for her husband, but with her family around her and a new case to get stuck into, she's getting through life.
The new case has all the vibes of a Broadchurch mystery and I loved it for that. An old case with questionable evidence; a new witness; remote settings, all made for a confident coherent story, full to the brim with atmosphere.
There are enough suspects to keep you guessing until the end and with a growing sense of unease building in the last half of the book, I read the last half in one sitting.
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I really enjoyed Alison Gray’s first Detective Abby Foulkes novel, Hibiscus Fruit so was really looking forward to her next appearance. I wasn’t disappointed. Far from it - I was enthralled from the first page. Lady’s Slipper is a cracking tale, mixing a cold case with an active investigation and playing to the strengths not only of Abby, but her colleagues as well. The pace was fast, the plot had lots of twists and turns and at no time did I want to put this book down. The police characters are fully formed, the detective herself far from any stereotype and the story was full of intrigue. I hope that Gray plans a long series with Abby. I can’t wait to read the next one.
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DS Abby Foulkes is back in police work full tilt for the first time since her partner, her son Johnny’s dad, was murdered. Her first case should be an easy one, a cold case dating back 20 years.
Convicted murderer Albert Croft, who has been incarcerated for 20 years, is scheduled for release on a technicality. Moreover, a vulnerable witness, Netty Blackburn, has come forward with an alibi which would prove Croft’s innocence and get his sentence overturned.
It should be easy. But Abby is already juggling the care of her son and her career when Netty Blackburn disappears. Now she is working countless extra hours that take her further away from Johnny.
To complicate the case more, Caileigh Watson also disappears. She was only two at the time of her mother’s grisly murder, but she witnessed the killing and if her memory ever returns—she can name the killer.
Everything about this mystery-thriller, including the missing pink slipper, is both mysterious and thrilling and the characters are well developed and convincing.
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The opening chapter draws you in to the story immediately, with its atmospheric insight into the world of rough sleeping. From there, the story unfolds at a cracking pace as we meet DS Abby Foulkes and get to know her personal challenges as she struggles with returning back to detective work after the murder of her husband. Lady’s slipper is a police procedural with a heart and is reminiscent of a softer Scott and Bailey as Abby tries to support Rachel, the rookie cop assigned to help her. It is set around Northumberland and as an occasional visitor I loved the descriptions of the rugged countryside and empty roads. It has a great sense of place. With themes of contemporary issues like miscarriages of justice, working mothers and child mistreatment Lady’s slipper is a satisfying read. Whilst it is the second in the DS Foulkes series, I hadn’t read the first and found it reads very well as a stand-alone novel. Now I'm going to read the first book in the series, while I wait for the third.
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I hadn't read 'Hibiscus Fruit,' the first in a series of crime novels featuring DS Abby Foulkes, but this didn't spoil the enjoyment of reading this the second one. There are very few crime novels these days that I can truthfully say "I couldn't put it down", but this was one of them. Set in the North East of England, around the Newcastle upon Tyne area, this was an engrossing, police procedural novel, highlighting the pressures and stresses of modern policing. There is also the human element in this story with Abby having to juggle not only a very demanding career, but also the realities and pressures of being a single parent, still recovering from the death of her partner, Rafe. I won't spoil the plot for readers, which has Abby having to review a 20 year old murder case, when the man convicted of committing the crime is released from jail. Excellent story with lots of twist and turns and a tense and dramatic ending.
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The second outing for Alison Gray's DS Abby Foulkes is a darker affair than its predecessor, Hibiscus Fruit. Gone is the claustrophobic but somehow tranquil Greek Island setting. Here we have the harder, more spacious interior of Newcastle's cityscape, with harrowing crimes and a protagonist who, like the author, is really hitting her stride. But it's not just the current mystery that holds our attention. If the subtext of the first book was the anger and denial stages of Abby's grief for her murdered partner, this now gives us glimpses of a move towards acceptance - and readers will be waiting impatiently to accompany her on the next stage of this journey. Whether it's good murder mystery or three-dimensional human interest you enjoy, this is a book that will deliver a great read.
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