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‘A Dead Red Oleander’ By R.P. (Rebecca) Dahlke


The world is flat. I know it is, because for the last five hours the view has been exactly the same. Only the sun has done any traveling, working its long shadows through straight lines of harvested cotton. A few crows shop the furrowed rows for worms, weevils and grasshoppers. One hops over to inspect the truck I’m lying under, cocks a beady black eye, probably attracted to the shiny metal police-issued handcuffs, my hand in one of the cuffs, dangling from wrist to arm, and finally down to me, Lalla Bains, aero-ag pilot, sometime busybody, meddling where I shouldn’t – again …

I was so pleased when Rebecca Dahlke contacted me, to let me know that the third book in the Lalla Bains series was soon to be published, with a view to inviting me to read an advance copy of ‘A Dead Red Oleander’ and sharing my thoughts about the book with my readers and fellow bloggers.

I love Rebecca’s style of writing and the complex mix of genres, which leads her to describing her books as humorous/ romantic/ mysteries. There certainly is never a dull moment in the stories and you need to have your wits about you to keep up with the pacey plots and the very ‘off the wall’ behaviour of Lalla Bains!!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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