A five star review from Amazon for
Past Secrets and lies
“… excellent holiday reading and the sort of book you want to spend some time with sitting in the sunshine with a glass (or two) of something cool. Highly recommended.”
This is a truly lovely book - nice, in the very best sense of that overused word. Why?
Well, start with the two protagonists, ex-cop Craig Gardner and his 19-year-old assistant Roo Chattaway, who work together as private investigators. And of course, Barney, the office dog, who to my mind gets far too many treats! They are very well described and developed, the nuances of their characters skilfully conveyed not only in descriptions but also (and this is more difficult for a writer) through the dialogue. They’re the sort of people you’d like to spend time with, and would have every confidence in engaging to work for you. They complement each other beautifully. Craig is wise, thoughtful, practical, and a bit old-fashioned. Roo is lively, energetic, bright, and a top class skater. She’s a typical NA, in awe of the local celebrity, au fait with social media and the internet, soft on Taylor, her skating partner and boyfriend.
Although this is a crime story the plot is very gentle. There are murders, but they were a long time ago. A body is found, but not in any way that might be thought disturbing. There is an unpleasant neighbour but he’s well controlled. There’s missing money, missing people, debt collectors harassing an elderly pair , and a former crime boss gone to seed - all in a day’s work for Gardner and Chattaway. Events follow on logically, and there are enough twists, turns and unexpected happenings to keep the reader engaged and curious.
To say it’s an easy read sounds as though it’s shallow, but it’s certainly not. There’s much more here than at first meets the eye. However, it is a good read, excellent holiday reading and the sort of book you want to spend some time with sitting in the sunshine with a glass (or two) of something cool. Highly recommended.
Thank you lovely reader not just for reading my book, but for taking the time to write a beautiful review.
You have help make my day.