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Scarlet Women (Annie Carter Series) by [Keane, Jessie]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews

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Praise for Jessie Keane:

‘This is a riveting story, with gutsy, gritty characters and a genuine feel for the period.’ Books Monthly

‘A cracking story from a great new writer’ Mandasue Heller

‘Sensational, thrilling…the pace never lets up, not for an instant.’ Books Monthly

‘Gritty and powerful, Martina Cole fans will love this addictive novel.’ Closer

‘A fast-paced thriller. Three stars.’ Star Magazine

From the Author

When did you start writing?
As soon as I could crawl. I drew little figures with balloons floating above their heads, and stuffed the balloons full of words – mostly rubbish words, but it was a start. I then progressed to throwing big words I didn’t understand into any sentence I wrote – ‘mutation’ was a favorite. My English teacher concluded that I was either a talented writer, or slightly disturbed.

Where do you write?
At home, in a tiny corner under the eaves, or in the kitchen while cooking - anywhere the mood takes me, really. What are the pros and cons of being a writer? Pros – getting paid for something you are compelled to do and absolutely love to do. Cons – working-alone anxiety and driving yourself crazy over little details you think you’ve missed.

What writers have inspired you?
Shakespeare, Sue Townsend, Lynda La Plante, Dick Francis. How important is a sense of place in your writing? Extremely important. It sets the tone for the whole book. My first book Dirty Game is set in 1960’s East End London, my second Black Widow in 1970 in the same area. That strong sense of place (and time) is essential.

Do you spend a lot of time researching your novels?
Only after the first draft’s written. Then I go back and research and embellish until it’s perfect.

Do your characters ever surprise you?
Not too often. I’m the referee, they’re the players – I’m there to keep them in order.

How much of your life and the people around you do you put into your books?
Very little. I have a wildly vivid imagination!

How did it feel when you saw your book in print for the first time? Deeply weird, and very delightful. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing now? I’d either be in a proper job, or banged up, but I guarantee that I’d still be scribbling away and trying to get those scribbles published!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 547 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TU1QM0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jessie Keane has produced a trilogy of books. They are all running along the crime/thriller end of the market with a strong female lead. We have yet to experience what else she has to bring.

This book is the follow up from book 1 (Dirty Game) and book 2 (Black Widow). Once again Annie Carter is back in London and trying to run her husbands business. It's now the 70's and her arch enemy's the Delaney's are still around and running the brothel that her good friend Dolly runs. When prostitutes start getting killed Annie gets involved, wanting to know who is involved. In doing that she gets herself caught up in the middle of a war and puts her own life at risk. One of close friend's Chris Brown ends up being framed for the murders and Dolly want's to do everything she can to clear his name. Not only does she have to find the culprit, but she is working against her own boys who don't like answering to a woman. She is working at having to prove herself as the Boss and also manage looking after her business along with her young daughter Layla. When Constantine Barolli turns up it complicates the situation even further. He is a dangerous Mob Boss and Annie finds herself fighting off her real feelings for him in an attempt to keep her business at the top. Can she find the real killer before it is too late or will she end up having to identify another young girl?

This book was an absolute corker and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well worth the wait for the final instalment in the Annie Carter books. I didn't put this down once I'd started. The writing style and the fact that you know this is the conclusion keeps you turning page after page. The only negative is what to expect from Jessie Keane next. With her last three books being as good as they have been there are high expectations for the next one. I can't wait!
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As good as Martina Cole or your money back - that's what it said on my copy although the date for claiming has now run out. Well I wouldn't have needed to claim because I thought it was a corker of a book. Almost like Martina Cole, almost like Mandasue Heller but also quite a lot like Gilda O'Neill's trilogy (Sins of Their Fathers, Make us Traitors & Of Woman Born) which is also well worth a read.

Jessie Keane has a very good way with words and can tell a terrific tale of naughty women and even naughtier men. I'm not going to say anything of the storyline because if you are potential readers of books one and two of the series then you shouldn't know anything of book three ! This story is well planned and well written and I am only sorry that I hadn't read the first two books of this series. If you do like the style of Cole, Heller, O'Neill etc then there is no reason for you not to be totally at home reading Jessie Keanes books. Yes there's a lot of swearing and yes there's lots of violence and disgusting behaviour but that's all part of the excitement of this gripping story. For anyone wanting to read all three in this series in the correct order the first is Dirty Game, the second is Black Widow and the third is this one - Scarlet Women.
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I ordered this off Vine, started to read it and then discovered that it was the third book in a trilogy so got hold of those first and then started again.

Very gripping and totally unputdownable. Jessie Keane writes at a cracking pace and really absorbs you into the book. It's a contrast of good and evil and, whilst I keep reading that Ms Keane is similar to Martina Cole, I think there is definitely room in the book world for the pair of them.
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Jessie Keane nails it again. I didn't think Annie could face more heartache but she does, not only does she overcome it she also proves that determination can get you what you want. It's bloody brilliant that she's found love again BUT only Max Carter will truly hold her heart.
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Well Annie is some woman and hard as nails widowed and trying to run a empire plus raise a daughter all on her own girl power.

Annie hunts down her friends killer by never giving up and always looking for the good in people. Set in gang war times she finds herself in some scrapes but always comes out of it just a bit shaken. Dolly her long time friend well makes things a little hard for her but she has her problems too.
Its a good read I have enjoyed the other 2 books as well but will continue to read the rest of the books as the story unfolds.
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Yet again another master piece by Jessie Keane. The last in the series of three books and each 1 as good as good as the 1st. A suspense thriller you won't want to put down until you've finished reading
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Annie is back home in London and ready to establish her businesses and as head of the Carter cartel. Before she can cut her teeth into all that needs done she gets a call that her friend has been killed and her associate is the prime suspect. Annie is torn between fixing her business, finding out who killed her friend, keeping the Delaney's at bay and keeping her mind off Constantine Barolli. Before too long Annie is in the deep of it and could lose everything she has worked so hard for and her life is in danger. You can't tread on so many toes without making enemies and Annie has many, could this be the end for Annie Carter?

The book starts on a cliff hanger, Annie is in a life threatening situation, death is imminent and she goes over the recent past to how she got here. She has a blast from the past she needs to try and protect which brings her to the wrong side of the Delaney twins. The police aren't looking for anyone else for her friends murder but Annie knows they have the wrong guy and that is just scratching the surface. There is lots going on in this book and a lot of action to keep your interest however this book feel a bit short for me compared to others in the series. For example in the last book Annie went through hell with her little girl yet in this book she is passed off to others whilst she deals with business. I just felt that whilst she wouldn't want her in the path of what was going on, you wouldn't just put her to the side to deal with all the dangerous stuff she does throughout this book.

The issues with the silver fox Don from America also annoyed me a little, it was very, I felt, almost teen angst. Not how an established woman like Annie would react really and especially, how it transpires much later in the book.
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