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Published by Allison &
Busby, 18 October 2018. ISBN 978-0-7490-2330-0
Judith Cutler is a consummate storyteller.
I find myself compulsively turning the pages to find out about the imbroglio
that is forming which won’t be explained until the end of the book. The
heroine, Jane Cowan, is the headteacher of two primary schools in Kentwho
is enormously busy but still finds time to help a neighbour stranded by the
effects of a serious storm. Jane is in a rented house while her own is
being rebuilt and the storm has already increased her own problems.
the quiet village where she is currently living there is some unusual traffic
which arouses some suspicions in Jane. She is an indomitable lady who has
experienced traumas in her earlier life and in Kent as described in two
previous adventures. The story develops apace and really deals with
current police problems in an area like Kent which is so easily accessible from
the conclusion is reached and Jane’s qualms about sounds like foxes screaming
in the night are justified. This is an exciting, if grim, tale, well
told. If you enjoy the character of Jane, you might prefer to read the
three books in order - though this book can be read on its own the depth of
characterisation of Jane and other characters is developed through the series.
Head Start and Head Count are the preceding books.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Cutler has written many crime fiction series - some about the police and others
featuring different protagonists such as a pub owner and a College lecturer.
in the Black Country, just outside Birmingham, later moving to the Birmingham
suburb of Harborne. Judith started writing while she was at the then Oldbury
Grammar School, winning the Critical Quarterly Short Story prize with the second
story she wrote. She subsequently read English at university. It was an attack
of chickenpox caught from her son that kick-started her writing career. One way
of dealing with the itch was to hold a pencil in one hand, a block of paper in
the other - and so she wrote her first novel. This eventually appeared in a
much revised version as Coming Alive, published by Severn House. Judith
has seven series. The first two featured amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers (10
books) and Detective Sergeant Kate Power (6 Books). Then came Josie Wells, a
middle-aged woman with a quick tongue, and a love of good food, there are two
books, The Food Detective and The Chinese Takeout. The Lina Townsend
books are set in the world of antiques and there are five books in this series.
There are two books featuring Tobias Campion set in the Regency period, and her
series featuring Chief Superintendent Fran Harman (6 books), and Jodie Welsh,
Rector’s wife and amateur sleuth. Her most recent series features a head
teacher. The first book is Head Start.
Judith has also written two standalone’s Scar TissueandStaging Death.
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.