The Dead Girl's Shoes
The scent of a murderer… After her marriage ends, Dr Lizzie Browne leaves her medical practice in Whitechapel, London, for a country practice in Stibbington, looking for a fresh start. But if she thinks she’s in for peace, she is sadly mistaken, as the countryside itself may be tranquil, but people are the same wherever you go. Lizzie’s daughter Louise works in PR. When she asks Lizzie to attend a perfume launch at Country House Hotel, the grand estate in Stibbington, Lizzie’s main concern is how uncomfortable her high heels will be. She does not want to go, but it is important to Louise. The perfume has been created by Simon Villiers, the son of the owner of Avon Hall, from some of their famous roses. Lizzie notices that Simon is drunk and obnoxious at the launch, especially to his cousin, Jemima Villiers. Jemima, who is working at the event, was raised by her aunt and uncle at Avon Hall after her own parents died. As Lizzie leaves the party she sees Jemima get into a small red car, and thinks nothing of it – until pretty Jemima is found dead the next day. Suddenly Lizzie is caught in the middle of a murder investigation. Once prosperous, Avon Hall has hit hard times. Money is scarce, and family tensions are rife. When Jemima turns up dead, DCI Adam Maguire has his work cut out for him. But Lizzie, who has grown jaded with the medical profession, has taken an interest in police work, and soon finds herself in the middle of the investigation, an investigation that will tear apart the Villiers’ family, and reveal secrets that will change the lives of everyone involved. Praise for Angela Arney: “… beautifully written novel” - Historical Novel Society “… stylish and diverting subplots” – RT Book Reviews About the author: Angela Arney was born in Hampshire, England, where she has lived for most of her life. Before writing, Angela had a varied career as a cabaret singer, a teacher, and then hospital administrator. Angela has been writing suspense and romance novels since 1984 and is a speaker for various literary events up and down the country. Together with two other local authors, June Tate and Katie Fforde, she also runs a creative writing course helping to inspire other writers.

The Dead Girl's Shoes Details

TitleThe Dead Girl's Shoes
Author
FormatKindle Edition
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 6th, 2017
PublisherEndeavour Press
Number of pages288 pages
Rating
GenreMystery

The Dead Girl's Shoes Review

  • Joan
    July 29, 2017
    I had several issues with this novel. 1. There was the confusion over the car.At 46% a very old Fiat 500 was found, burned out and hidden where it was unlikely to be found. This was registered to Tom, who earlier in the book (44%) talked about his 2CV which he kept in the garage. ‘I’ll get the old 2CV out from storage at the back of the garage.Was the burned out car a 2CV or a Fiat 500? And if the burned out car was the red car used to transport Jemima, then how did forensics get so much DNA et I had several issues with this novel. 1. There was the confusion over the car.At 46% a very old Fiat 500 was found, burned out and hidden where it was unlikely to be found. This was registered to Tom, who earlier in the book (44%) talked about his 2CV which he kept in the garage. ‘I’ll get the old 2CV out from storage at the back of the garage.Was the burned out car a 2CV or a Fiat 500? And if the burned out car was the red car used to transport Jemima, then how did forensics get so much DNA etc from it ‘There’s plenty of Jemima’s DNA, blood, hairs and stuff…’- The car was described as a charred wreck. 2. What on earth was the bit with the incompetent ‘Urgent Care Co Ltd’? That was just plain inexplicable. We are told the two members of staff are experienced and trustworthy (well-trained and conscientious) and the next thing they both fall asleep on the job and let their frail, seriously ill patient (who would have had an IV cannula in his arm, blood pressure cuff, ecg monitors stuck everywhere etc etc,) get out of his bed and walk away. I’m sorry but that simply doesn’t ring true. 3. Did we ever learn the reason for Mrs Villiers peculiar blood pressure readings?4. There were numerous errors with the punctuation of direct speech. If direct speech comes after the information about who is speaking, you should use a comma to introduce the piece of speech, place before the first inverted comma, and a capital letter for the first word spoken:Maguire made a note, and then asked, ‘Didn’t you wonder where Jemima was in the morning?’ (not - 'didn't...)5.At the 81% mark there was a highlighted sentence in the text: ‘I gather Hilda Thorne has been called in again to administer unto her.’This was clearly a proofreaders edit.6.Simon’s perfume at the start was called ‘Black Velvet’, yet at the end we are told that his perfume ‘Desert Dew’ was selling well both in England and on the continent. Was this the same perfume?I wish I could have liked this more, but the errors and the confusion made it difficult to concentrate on the story, especially as I was wondering how the car had changed and what the incompetence of the medics had to do with the actual murder.
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  • Marisa
    July 25, 2017
    Amazon - 25/07/2017
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