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Monday 8 January 2024

‘The Narcissist’ by Anne Wedgwood

Published by The Book Guild Ltd,
3 October 2023.
ISBN: 978-1-15853-47-9 (PB)

Billie an aspiring young actress finds Vanessa Forsyth, a famous film star shot dead in her theatre dressing room. She panics, knows she should report it to the police but has a supply of drugs in her bag that she had obtained for Vanessa. Needing to escape unseen, Billie climbs out the window convincing herself it will be okay not to report the death as it was suicide anyway, wasn’t it? After all Vanessa’s gun was there by her chair on the floor. Next, to be on the safe side, she goes to the library next door and flushes the drugs down the toilet.

Billie is living temporarily with her family next door to Vanessa, her husband Dean and their two children. Later that day after Billie has returned home and is enjoying a barbecue with her family and Dean, a Detective Inspector Ronnie Twist and her Sergeant Luke Carter arrive with the bad news.

Dean is adamant Vanessa would not have killed herself as she cared too much for the children.

The police soon come to the conclusion that he is right, so now it becomes a murder inquiry. All the family are taken in for questioning. Should Billie tell Inspector Twist about finding Vanessa, she is in a dilemma as to what to do.

Meanwhile she does some questioning of her own. It is soon revealed that although on the surface all her family seemed good friends with Vanessa and Dean, none of them seemed really keen on the couple. When incriminating evidence is discovered in Billie’s father’s garden shed, she is at her wits end and cannot decide who or what to believe. Everyone it appears has a secret to hide and when she hears of some of them, she is shocked to the core.

A story of jealousy and regret that eats into the soul, providing the plot for an intriguing murder mystery. Thoroughly recommended.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Anne Wedgwood began writing in her later years, having spent her working life in education. Her first written works were a series of musicals for primary aged children, including adaptations of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. Anne is most strongly influenced by the work of authors such as Barbara Vine, where the protagonist is not necessarily ‘the law’, and she writes from this perspective in her ‘Twist in the Tale’ series. ​Anne's murder mystery books are all set in her home town of Beverley, East Yorkshire. Whilst connected through their setting and DI Ronnie (Sharon) Twist, they are standalone novels, and can be read in any order.

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Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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