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‘Apartment 3B’ by Patricia Scanlan

Tuesday 23rd April 1991 …. The Estate Agents

Where’s the file for Apartment 3B?’ Hilary Purcell muttered to herself, knowing that His Nibs, as she disrespectfully referred to her boss, would be requiring it later. Having located it, she placed it on the desk in front of her and returned to her typing.

The phone rang

‘O’Malley, Costello and Ryan. Can I help you?’ Hilary cursed silently as she made yet another typing error. Down the phone an angry tirade assaulted her ears. ‘Just one moment. I’ll put you through to Mr. O’Malley,’ she said sweetly. She was damned if she was going to deal with the angry client on the other end of the phone. Typical, of course. On their first meeting John O’Malley had told the client that the firm took 2 per cent of the selling price. He omitted to mention that the 2 per cent did not include the price of the boards and photograph of the property and the advertising. Not to mention the 21 per cent VAT. So the poor unfortunate on the other end of the phone had got a much heftier bill than she had budgeted for.

The first few lines of this book by Irish author, Patricia Scanlan, more than set the scene in my mind for the greed, ambition, rivalry, disappointment and new beginnings, promised in the synopsis of this lengthy saga…..

I know that this is one book I am not going to be able to put down once I start it.


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  • Hi Anne,

    As far as I can make out, the answer would appear to be ‘No’.

    Amazon have this great link http://www.amazon.co.uk/PATRICIA-SCANLAN-Books-Order-Publication/lm/R2M94EQZ8EFJ3X which lists Patricia’s book in order of publication.

    I checked out the synopses of all the books published after ‘Apartment 3B’ and none of them refer to the characters or place setting again.

    She has written a couple of trilogies, but these are clearly marked as such.

    It is a real shame, as the ending of Apartment 3B, did leave the story a little ‘up in the air’ and in need of a sequel, but it is still well worth the time, as a great stand-alone read.

    Thanks for stopping by my site, it would be great to have you visit again.

    Best wishes for the New Year.


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