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by Avenue Press, Scarborough, 30 November 2014 . ISBN: 978-0-993080807
Hannah Poole is training to be a
counsellor at the Scarborough Centre for Therapy. Late one evening she
discovers the body of Dr Themis Greene, the Centre's founder. Dr Greene has
been murdered. Hannah has been fighting her own emotional demons: her failure
in the past to successfully complete any career training and her fear that she
will never do so; her desperation to have a meaningful relationship; and her
tense relationship with her parents now that she has returned from London to
live with them. This new trauma brings her to the brink of emotional
Sergeant Theo Akande is the Senior Investigating Officer on the murder case. He
has just transferred to Scarborough and is desperate to prove himself. He is
also determined to keep the truth about his sexuality private, certain that a
black, gay police detective would have a hard time in the conservative Scarborough
force. Theo is very lonely in Scarborough and is grateful for the friendship
and support of Suze Irvine, the DI's secretary. Although crippled and requiring
crutches, Suze is a strong, intelligent, no-nonsense woman and, born and bred
in Scarborough, she is a valuable source of knowledge about the town's
and his team discover that a lot of people have good reason to hate Themis
Greene. There are many colleagues and lovers whom she has cheated and hurt, and
it becomes clear that, at her core, Themis Greene was self-centred,
manipulative, deceitful and greedy.
door to Hannah lives heavily pregnant Aurora Harris. Aurora is depressed before
her baby arrives, and after his birth she wavers into post-natal psychosis.
Because of the irrational things Aurora is saying, it is easy to miss the vital
piece of information that she possesses. However, in the end, Hannah slots the
pieces of the mystery together and discovers who killed Dr Themis Greene.
The Art of the
is a beautifully written book with wonderful descriptions and powerful use of
language. It is not a straightforward murder mystery, it is an account of the
central protagonists' actions and thoughts as they struggle to achieve
emotional equilibrium. The use of the Present Tense gives the story a feeling
of tension and urgency that is, at times, almost claustrophobic. It is clear
that the author is well acquainted with the world of counselling and her
descriptions of The Scarborough Centre for Therapy are totally convincing. The
Group Therapy sessions that Hannah has to endure as part of her training are
particularly disturbing. Her fellow students all have their own emotional
problems and play cruel, manipulative mind-games, watched with apparent
amusement by the therapist in charge.
Art of the Imperfect is not a simple murder mystery. It is a compelling,
exquisitely written, psychological study.
a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing
Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on the
Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus. Her
crime fiction is inspired by Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Ann Cleeves. She
is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. She loves walking by the sea and
afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the
poetry of Edith Sitwell.
Carol Westronis a successful
short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May