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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #32 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Alaska, home to Wisconsin, then off to New Hampshire!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Risky Biscuits (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
by Mary Lee Ashford
Release Date – July 9, 2019
Setting – Iowa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY)
by Julia Buckley
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Illinois
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio
New Series
Release Date – August 8, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Under My Skin
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – October 2, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!
This book completes my Alphabet Soup Title Challenge and
leaves me with just 2 more letters on my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition!

Scheduled Escapes

Thin Ice: A Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – Alaska
Early Review


Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin


A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire

Future Escapes

August 5 – August 11, 2019


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #31 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Iowa, Illinois, and Connecticut!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Murder at Crossways (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
by Alyssa Maxwell
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Rhode Island
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Let’s Fake a Deal (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – June 30, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – July 23, 2019
Setting – Kansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Queen of the Trailer Park (Rosie Maldonne’s World)
by Alice Quinn
Release Date – June 1, 2015
Setting – France
My Flashback Friday Read and the “Q” for my Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Risky Biscuits (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
by Mary Lee Ashford
Release Date – July 9, 2019
Setting – Iowa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY)
by Julia Buckley
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Illinois
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio
New Series
Release Date – August 8, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

These books will be released July 29 – August 4, 2019


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Cozy Wednesday with Miranda James – Author of The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to have Miranda James stop by today! 

For Old Times’ Sake
by Miranda James

(Guest Post Provided by Publicist)

I love old movies. Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray, Rosalind Russell, Carole Lombard, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – these were the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era (and yes I know I’ve left off a lot of names, so you can add your own favorites to the list). My favorite genre of movies from this period is screwball comedy. I love the fast-paced stories, the rapid-fire dialogue, and the subtle ways that sexual attraction is handled.

My favorite screwball comedies, you ask? Well, Bringing Up Baby tops the list, but close to the top are gems like The Awful Truth and Ball of Fire. I have seen my favorites numerous times. I like to re-watch my favorites for the same reasons that I like to re-read favorite books. It’s simply spending time with old friends, particularly old friends whom you can trust not to disappoint you.

There is at least one screwball murder mystery, The Mad Miss Manton, with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. It’s actually a fairly clever plot, and it’s well worth seeking out. So is The Lady Eve with the same two stars; it has crime as part of the plot, and Stanwyck and Fonda are superb in it.

When I was trying to come up with a title for the latest “Cat in the Stacks” novel, I found a list of movies titles that had been changed so that each had some kind of cat reference. The one that immediately attracted my attention was The Pawful Truth. It’s obviously a take-off on one of my favorites, named above, and that set me thinking.

What if? These are the two most useful words for a mystery writer. What if I took elements from the comic movie and used them in the plot of a murder mystery? How would that turn out?

The result was the latest book in the series, The Pawful Truth. If you’ve seen the movie, I hope you will enjoy some of the in-jokes in the story. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you’ll watch it at some point. It’s enormous fun, and I hope you also have fun with the story I have told.

~Miranda

Oh, Miranda, I love old movies too! I haven’t seen The Awful Truth in years. I may have to rectify that soon 🙂

Thank you, for visiting today!

_______________________________________

Keep reading for my thoughts about A Pawful Truth.

 


The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Berkley (July 16, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0451491122
ISBN-13: 978-0451491121
Kindle ASIN: B07JLMQHRF

In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.

Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie’s death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer.

As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another more sinister motive? Charlie races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Grandpa, Dad, Archive Librarian, Landlord, Student, and Diesel’s person, Charlie Harris has a very full life. Being a student is new as he is auditing an early medieval history course at the college taught by Professor Carey Warriner. Charlie is not the only “mature student” taking the class. Nowhere close to his age but older than the rest in the class Dixie Bell Compton is taking the class for credit and offers to be his study partner. Since he is just auditing the class he turns her down. Charlie is very impressed with Warriner’s lecture skills but after overhearing the professor’s after-class conversation with Dixie and the rumors he has heard about him and his wife, Irene, another professor, he is concerned about his other qualities. When Dixie is killed a few days later he truly wonders if Warriner is involved.

Charlie also takes in a new boarder, a man Stewart and Haskell met at the gym. He also has ties to the college. Dan Bellamy teaches history with a focus on Regency England. He is close to Irene Warriner who is also an author with books set in the time Bellamy specializes in.

All the rest of the cast we have come to love over the course of this series return including Dante, Stewart’s poodle, my favorite fictional feline, Diesel, and the new kitten in residence, Ramses. We are also introduced to a large number of people as the story proceeds in Charlie’s effort to investigate. I was thrilled to see Miss Dickce Ducote make more than a cameo appearance.

The first part of the book gives background for new readers and introduces some of the new characters all before the murder occurs. Since Charlie is now known for his investigations people seem to come out of the woodwork to offer their assistance. There are plenty of suspects and Charlie works hard to pare those down as quickly as possible. Diesel also offers his opinions with a variety of chirps and head bumps. Fans of the series realize his talents and in this installment, he gave a clear indication of who he had his sights on earlier than usual.

I do enjoy the way Ms. James constructs her stories. We get to drop in on the entire Harris family and catch up with them. His daughter-in-law was having a hard time in a previous book and we learn that she is still working through something many women deal with and that there is no quick fix. I appreciate the way all the family storylines continue to evolve and are allowed to run their course. She entangles the murder mystery in key and meaningful ways. The pace she sets is very comfortable at first but as we get deeper into the story and clues start to fall into place the pace picks up until we get to the big reveal. At that point, pages can’t flip fast enough and the reader’s heartrates increase.

This entire series is wonderful. Miranda James is an excellent author. Her characters are some of my cozy favorites. Seeing that cat on the cover always brings a huge smile to my face. You truly can’t go wrong with any book by this author.

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Use the search feature to find my reviews for all of the Cats in the Stacks Mysteries.



Coming January 2020

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #30 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Rhode Island and Massachusetts!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Toxic Toffee (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Ohio
My Review will be up on Thursday!


A Genuine Fix (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney
Release Date – July 16, 2019
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – July 16, 2019
Setting – Mississippi
Miranda James will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


The House on Xenia (A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery Series)
by Rita Moreau
Release Date – April 29, 2019
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour will stop here on Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Murder at Crossways (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
by Alyssa Maxwell
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Rhode Island


Let’s Fake a Deal (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – June 30, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – July 23, 2019
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

Release Dates – July 22 – July 28, 2019


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Booking the Crook (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery) by Laurie Cass #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery


It is my pleasure to shine the spotlight on
Laurie Cass’ new book today!


Booking the Crook (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Berkley (July 2, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 044000098X
ISBN-13: 978-0440000983
Kindle ASIN: B07J46C512

It’s all paws on deck as a librarian and her rescue cat track down a killer in the newest book in the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat mystery series.

Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, cruise around lovely Chilson, Michigan delivering happiness and good reads in their bookmobile. But the feisty librarian is worried that the bookmobile’s future could be uncertain when a new library board chair arrives and doesn’t seem too friendly to her pet project.

Still, she has to put her personal worries aside when she and Eddie are out on their regular route and one of their favorite customers doesn’t turn up to collect her books. Minnie, at Eddie’s prodding, checks on the woman and finds her lying dead in her snow-covered driveway. Now it’s up to Minnie and her friends–feline and otherwise–to find the perpetrator and give them their due.

About The Author

Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. She and her husband live on a lake in northwest lower Michigan. When Laurie isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, yanking weeds out of her garden, or doing some variety of skiing. Find out more on her webpage here and sign up for her Newsletter.


Written as Laura Allen

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #29 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Indiana, Mississippi, and Ohio!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed

 

Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
Release Date – July 1, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Guilty as Charred (A Cook-Off Mystery)
by Devon Delaney
Release Date – July 1, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Wednesday!


Gore in the Garden (A Washington Whodunnit)
by Colleen Shogan
Release Date – May 21, 2019
Setting – Washington D.C.
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Scheduled Escapes

If you read my post yesterday, you know last week wasn’t the week I had planned and my reading suffered because of it.
I am pushing this book from last week to this week.


Toxic Toffee (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Ohio
For Review


A Genuine Fix (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney
Release Date – July 16, 2019
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – July 16, 2019
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

July 15 – 21, 2019 – in addition to the 2 books above this book will be released this week. 


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Bewitched and Betrothed (Witchcraft Mystery) by Juliet Blackwell #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery


This book releases tomorrow!


Bewitched and Betrothed (Witchcraft Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Berkley (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0451490614
ISBN-13: 978-0451490612
Kindle ASIN: B07J47LDPM

A supernatural force on the loose in San Francisco and a family reunion keeps witch and vintage storeowner Lily Ivory on her toes as she prepares to walk down the aisle…

When Lily Ivory stumbles on the uniform of a former prisoner from Alcatraz and SFPD inspector Carlos Romero’s cousin is kidnapped, Lily suspects something dangerous has been unleashed on the ghost-ridden island of Alcatraz. She’ll have to sleuth out the culprit—when she’s not busy entertaining her visiting relatives and resolving romantic conflicts as her wedding date approaches. Could recent omens be pointing to the magical threat in her adopted city? If so, she’ll have to line up her allies to change the fate of the Bay Area. Because no matter what, Lily’s determined to celebrate her marriage with her friends by her side—even if it means battling a demonic foe before she can make it to the altar.

Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany. While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla’s seminal work, Endangered Cultures. Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was a producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California, she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade.

In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, she wrote the Agatha-Award nominated Art Lover’s Mystery series. She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America. Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.

Find out more about Juliet Blackwell on her webpage here.

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Thanks to the publisher I have 1 copy to give away!
The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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something you like here and become a follower.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #26 2019 – Check Out My Escapes

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Indiana and Pennsylvania!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery
by Melinda Mullet
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Scotland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath
Release Date – June 21, 2019
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Death by Dissertation (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff
Release Date – April 22, 2019
Setting – Nebraska
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Bite Club (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Mistaken Identity Crisis: Death On The Cable Car (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – June 30, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Strangled Eggs and Ham (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Next Wednesday!

Layover
by David Bell
Release Date – July 2, 2019
Setting – ???
For Review

Future Escapes

June 24 – 30, 2019


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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death in Kew Gardens (A Below Stairs Mystery) by Jennifer Ashley @BerkleyMystery



Death in Kew Gardens (A Below Stairs Mystery)
Historical Mystery/Cozy
3rd in Series
Berkley (June 4, 2019)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 039958790X
ISBN-13: 978-0399587900
Kindle ASIN: B07H73KSQT

From the New York Times bestselling author of Scandal Above Stairs

Kat Holloway steps out from beneath the stairs and into international intrigue, where murder and stolen treasure lurk among the upper echelons of Victorian London.

In return for a random act of kindness, scholar Li Bai Chang presents young cook Kat Holloway with a rare and precious gift—a box of tea. Kat thinks no more of her unusual visitor until two days later when the kitchen erupts with the news that Lady Cynthia’s next-door neighbor has been murdered.

Known about London as an “Old China Hand,” the victim claimed to be an expert in the language and customs of China, acting as intermediary for merchants and government officials. But Sir Jacob’s dealings were not what they seemed, and when the authorities accuse Mr. Li of the crime, Kat and Daniel find themselves embroiled in a world of deadly secrets that reach from the gilded homes of Mayfair to the beautiful wonder of Kew Gardens.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, mysteries, and historical fiction as Jennifer Ashley; paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James; and mysteries as Ashley Gardner. Jennifer’s novels have won RWA’s RITA and RT Reviewer’s Choice awards among others.  Find out more about Jennifer and her books on her website here.


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< The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
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#Review / #Giveaway – Those People by Louise Candlish

Those People
Psychological Thrillers
Setting – South London, England
Berkley (June 11, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489144
ISBN-13: 978-0451489142
Kindle ASIN: B07HDR77YL

From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of twisty domestic suspense asks, “Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?”

Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.

But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing.

Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying—and everyone has something to hide.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lowland Way is a fantastic neighborhood especially if you have children. Nice homes, good schools, and friendly neighbors. The entire street is closed off on Sundays so that the kids can play in the streets like their parents did when they were youngsters. Those Sundays have brought the neighbors together to support each other.

Then the woman at the start of the street passes away. The neighbors are all hoping for a nice family or elderly couple to move in. Instead, they get Darren and Jodie. The first day Darren breaks down a wall the entire neighborhood had fought the council to keep. Then the loud music starts and the cars start to pull in taking up the limited parking on the street and fill Darren’s yard. Trash and debris from a renovation project litter the lot. The Sunday Play-Out has to be canceled when one of the children is hit by Darren moving one of his cars. The police are no help, saying it is a council issue. The homeowners tried to reason with Darren and Jodie, but all that does is make them rachet up their behavior.

Things don’t change until someone dies. The crash brought everyone out of their houses. The police finally have to do something, but it is the neighbors who are suspect. Everyone is shocked and their stories don’t add up.  Could someone on Lowland Way be a killer??

_____

The story opens just after the horrendous crash that left one person dead and one injured, then it takes us back in time eight weeks to detail what events led up to the crash told from several points of view. What we quickly learn is everything is not as idyllic as it seems, but when “THOSE PEOPLE” move in people band together.  Meanwhile, whatever cracks that were already present in the resident’s lives continue to erode.

All these characters are flawed and most, not that likable, but they earned my sympathy. Here in the States, police would have stepped in to handle Darren and Jodie. Things that were sending them over the edge just wouldn’t happen here. I also felt the one idea the residents came up with near the end should have been thought of much earlier, avoiding much of the conflict, but that would have eliminated the story.

The setting was interesting to me because I remember playing outside with my friends. The same for my children. Sadly that is not the case for my grandchildren. The days of “be home when the streetlights come on” and neighbors keeping an eye on each other’s children are over. This affluent neighborhood did an excellent job of creating a child-friendly environment until THOSE PEOPLE arrived.

The drama was high but the pace was a little slow. The complexity of the story was peeled back in layers filled with tension and conflict. I did enjoy the varied points-of-view. It gave an added depth to each of the characters and exposed the interpersonal relationships for what they really were.

Even with the unlikable characters, I was drawn into this book. I wanted to know what happened next. With its well-plotted twists, the ending really took me by surprise.

In my opinion, I could see a movie made of this story or a television series like How To Get Away With Murder, so easily. The author has written a story with a dark twisted theme many people would enjoy.

Note- There is a fair amount of profanity in this book which may put off some readers.

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About the Author

Louise Candlish attended University College London and worked as an editor in art publishing and as a copywriter before becoming a novelist. She lives with her husband and daughter.


Also by this Author


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