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This was a fun murder mystery with its gentle pace and slow build-up of suspense.

Lindsay had witnessed her boyfriend’s father’s murder, and the trauma caused her to leave home. The death of her mother drew her back to the place that started it all and to her boyfriend. But the killer was still masked…. And she had to traverse through the minefield of old feelings and an unsolved old murder.

My first book by author Margaret James, I enjoyed the feel of this book. With ill health troubling me, I needed something which would be a thrilling murder mystery but without the intense need to concentrate too hard. Slow to start, this book fit the bill perfectly after the first few chapters.

The whole story was set in a small town with quirky and some scary residents which added to the closed up, dark atmosphere of the book. Characters were varied, and most of them were my suspects.

I liked the build up of suspense as pages turned in the latter half. The clever twist was enfolded well causing me a jolt in the last few pages. The style of writing was like a whodunit which got me thinking about the perp too. I didn’t try too hard to guess the killer, just went with the flow.

Overall, a fun frolicking read. This is the way I like to end my day with a good whodunit.

I received a free ARC from Anne and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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A pseudonym used by Pamela Bennetts.

Margaret James has been a member of the RNA for 22 years. She has written thirteen published novels, many short stories, and she also teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism.

Margaret’s first novel was A Touch of Earth, a family saga set in Herefordshire where she was born and grew up, and her most recent is The Penny Bangle, set in Dorset and published by Robert Hale. But her personal favourite among her novels is Elegy for a Queen, published by Solidus, a small independent which has a varied and fascinating list. Margaret now lives in Devon, which she loves.

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?
When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

Publication Date: 22nd January 2019

Publisher: Ruby Fiction

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