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Published by Allison &
Busby, 18 May 2017. ISBN: 978-0-74902-107-8
Fans of Rebecca Tope know that what they get in her
books is a lot of character and this very readable novel didn’t disappoint. Much
more than a crime novel, the focus was on several themes; how contemporary
encounters and experiences can both change how past relationships are perceived
and shed new light on them; and how the sins of the fathers affect the children
in ways that couldn’t have been guessed. I enjoyed both these aspects and found
The characters were
interesting and I particularly liked Simmy, the main protagonist. Also Bonnie, Ben and Moxo, who had obviously
appeared in previous books in this series, books that I’ve not read. We were
given plenty of information about them, and hints about their past adventures. These character's came over strongly, taking active roles in the story.
Although the storyline developed slowly, it
was enjoyable, and the solution was credible, too. Cosy this novel certainly is, and aficionados of that
style will find much to admire.
The setting was
terrific. I am quite familiar with Bowness, Windermere, Troutbeck and the surrounding
area and it was a pleasure to be transported to those lovely places, which are
described deftly. The author has obviously researched the area well and her
fondness for it came over nicely. I also enjoyed the fact that Simmy runs a
flower shop. Aspects of her business, and the other Lake District businesses we
get glimpses of too, an auction house and a B&B, contributed to the
readability, as did the romance element which helped me to empathise with the
heroine and root for her success.
Rebecca Tope is
the author of four popular murder mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon
police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker, Thea Osborne, house sitter in the
Cotswolds, and more recently Persimmon (Simmy) Brown, a florist. Rebecca grew
up on farms, first in Cheshire then in Devon, and now lives in rural
Herefordshire on a smallholding situated close to the beautiful Black
writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. Rebecca
is also the proprietor of a small press - Praxis Books. This was established in
Dea Parkin is an
editor with her consultancy Fiction Feedback and is also Secretary of the Crime
Writers’ Association. She writes poetry and occasionally re-engages with The
Novel. When she isn't editing, managing or writing she is usually to be found
on the tennis court – or following the international tour at home on TV. Usually
with several books on the go, she entertains a penchant for crime fiction,
history, and novels with a mystical edge. She is engaged in a continual
struggle to find space for bookshelves and time for her friends and her cat.