As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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by Quercus, 4 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78206-309-4 (HB). 978-1-78206-310-0 TPB)
Janice has received a phone call
to tell her of her brother’s sudden death, but the real shock is the caller:
the daughter she gave up for adoption back in the sixties ...
empathetically written novel mostly follows Janice’s head as she copes with her
hostile daughter and the memories of her sixties self, a bands groupie in love
with star-turned-recluse, Joe Vincent, who now lives in the same village as her
brother. Suzie sees her mother as selfishly abandoning her, but while we
understand her point of view, Janice retains our sympathy – we too understand that
‘things were different then’, and the sixties ethos of acid and ‘cool’ is
vividly evoked and re-judged from a modern standpoint. Janice has also aquired
a grand-daughter, Suzie’s daughter Molly, who is the third-person focus of the
novel’s other plot strand, of missing Phoebe – could Molly be that lost child?
The plots are woven together deftly, with a neatly entwined solution.
slow-burn character-centred novel, with action taking second place to the
a satisfying read.
brought up in London and has degrees in English literature from Somerville
College, Oxford, and UCL, London. She lives in Islington, London, where she is
currently working on her twelfth novel. She is the crime fiction reviewer for
the Guardian newspaper, and teaches on the City University Crime Thriller Novel
Creative Writing MA course.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.