This week’s new addition to my shelf, was an ebook download win, from a giveaway competition hosted by the lovely Jo, over at ‘Writers and Authors’.
Whilst I have yet to read any books by this author, hers is a name which has been on my list for some time, so this win will certainly encourage me to make a start.
Similarly, whilst this particular book comes in mid-way through the popular ‘Lake District Mystery’ series, it is almost certain that the stories work well as stand alones, so I shall have no worries on that score and not feel the need to become locked into starting a lengthy series – although I might well want to 🙂
‘THE CONISTON CASE‘
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and business at Persimmon “Simmy” Brown’s flower shop is booming. But when Simmy fulfills a string of anonymous delivery orders, she is startled to realize that each contains a secretly menacing message for the recipients. When one of the people who receives a bouquet disappears, it seems that her worst fears have been confirmed.
As if that isn’t enough, Simmy’s friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who she fears has grown too close to one of her university tutors. When Kathy attempts to reason with her daughter she finds that Joanna’s older lover may be even more dangerous than she had imagined. With both Kathy and Joanna in peril, Simmy and her friends find themselves caught up in a web of deception, blackmail and murder . . .
Rebecca Tope was born in the Midlands, raised in Cheshire, then moved to Devon with her farming family. The farming life with its cruelty, death, frustration alternated with idyllic summer days, the teamwork of the harvest and the delight of the young animals, made for the powerful experiences that inspired her to write her first novel.
The books are set in real villages, in and around the lovely Cotswold area, where Rebecca uses a kind of “anti research”, avoiding discussion with any of the villagers, but does walk along the footpaths and visits most of the village pubs.
Before becoming a fully fledged author Rebecca held a wide variety of jobs, including prenatal instructor, marriage counselor, and funeral director, all of which taught her a great deal about human nature and social experiences, which she puts to good use in her books.
In 1992, she founded Praxis books, a small British press and currently lives in rural Herefordshire, on a smallholding near to the Black Mountains, where she raises Cotswold sheep and rare breed pigs.
Rachel’s hobbies include spinning, knitting and weaving wool from her own sheep. She has also discovered an enthusiasm for antique auctions and car boot selling, which has re-awakened one of her passions from long ago, that of stamp collecting.
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