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on 11 November 2014
I really enjoyed this humorous whodunnit, which had me laughing out loud several times. It has a similar tone to the writings of MC Beaton and the book is quite skilfully written. It is rare to find a self-published book which is as commercially viable and as free from typos and grammatical mistakes [though I did find one spelling mistake and one typo]. Humour is a particularly difficult genre to write successfully, but Cecilia Peartree does it very well. Of course the story is ludicrous and OTT, but since the author is playing it for laughs that does not matter. The story progresses at a spanking pace and is very readable. It is an ideal choice when one simply wants relaxed, light reading and a bit of a chuckle, though I suspect that whether one likes this story or not depends on whether one share's the author's sense of humour.
Amaryllis Peebles is only 40 or so but she has decided to retire from her job as a spy. She moves to the quiet Scottish village of Pitkirtly and, both forceful and resourceful [and with a secret motive or two] she joins the Pitkirtly Local Improvement Forum. This sleepy committee spends most of its meetings drinking and socialising in the pub. Amaryllis wants the decrepit village hall renovated but the committee, especially chairman Christopher Wilson, are horrified that they may actually have to do something to improve the village. Before long, they are swept up into a situation where nothing is as it seems...