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Published by Galileo Publishing, 25 April 2019. ISBN: 978-1-903385-86-9
Although this is a
sequel to the author’s first novel Half A
Pound of Tuppeny Rice, it is eminently readable as a stand-alone. The
action switches between two very different but equally enticing places,
Cornwall and Mallorca and ends with a sinister denouement one Christmas at a family
reunion at a gloomy manor house in Suffolk. The design of the book cover, by a
woman bearing the same surname as the author, is highly imaginative lending an
aura of mystery and skullduggery.
The death of Ken Stone is the starting point.
By fair means or foul, his daughter Alison has inherited his entire fortune of
£100 million and, craftily eluding disgruntled relatives, holes up with her
lover in Deia, an idyllic village (once the haunt of Robert Graves) on
Mallorca’s north-west coast. Several
years elapse before Grant Morrison, a family friend, decides to seek her out
and establish how she managed to become the sole heir. Other family members and
interested parties get involved in sniffing around and are hot on her trail.
cast of characters is huge and tricky although the author has helpfully
sketched out dramatic personae to which the reader would be well advised to refer
to given the proliferation of individuals with axes to grind and a host of stories
to tell.The author hits the ground
running, the action is chaotic non-stop, somewhat like watching a Formula 1
race: family going head to head, chases over hairpin bends, a dead person
intriguingly resurrected, eastern
European gangsters, kidnappings, disturbing tales of sexual abuse, alcoholism
and violence. In the end the author steps up to win the Grand Prix by doing the
business. If what he has written already is anything to go by, his potential is
David Coubrough founded the specialist hospitality company Portfolio
Recruitment in the 1980s and twice sold it to public companies, on the second
occasion becoming Chief Executive of the PLC. He is on the Board of Governors
of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and is a past Chairman of Bespoke Hotels
and the Castle Hotel at Taunton. He is a Director of Maldon Sea Salt and is on
the Board of Bloomsbury Properties. He co-owns the Beehive pub and Restaurant
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.