A Cut above the Restby Marina Oliver
Which characters dared to write the author out of the script? When Dodie Fanshaw went to stay with her daughter, Elena, in Markenlea, she had been expecting a peaceful, sedate village on the banks of the River Thames. But then a mermaid clambers out of the river and into Elena's garden. Well, not a mermaid exactly a mysterious, sopping-wet girl. Bizarre and intriguing though she is, it's only when Dodie and Elena call on Elena's neighbour, best-selling novelist Rick Wilbraham, that the real story unfolds. There they find Anna, Rick's girlfriend, hysterically clinging on to Rick's lifeless body. Soon Rick's pleasant riverside garden fills up with his neighbours, ex-lovers, his publisher and agent and Dodie can't help herself getting involved in this close-knit village. A cosy puzzle, but what genre is the motive? It could be Romance, might be Mystery. And the mermaid? Well, that's just pure Fantasy . . .
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Oliver lectures widely on the subject of writing, reads and assesses scripts, professionally and now runs the Romantic Novelists Association New Writer's Scheme.
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Ok. 473 Nook pages. DW
"A Cut Above the Rest" by Marina Oliver is a fine light read for the beach or backyard. I enjoyed it even though it isn't my favorite genre. Unlike some books I've read recently, this one obviously had been edited by someone familiar with the language and the rules thereof.. The usage, grammar, and punctuation were good which adds considerably to my enjoyment of any book. This light mystery features strong female characters. The plot isn't tense, but it held my interest. If you are looking for light entertainment, try this.