A Cut above the Rest

A Cut above the Rest

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by Marina Oliver
     
 

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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

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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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A well-known author's greatest achievement may be his corpse. Literary lion Rick Wilbraham had it all: a fabulous estate complete with swimming pool in quaint Markenlea; a relative acting as general factotum; an ex-wife; a live-in lover; and a village full of genteel folk he'd lightly fleeced in real-estate deals, any one of whom might have killed him with that nasty garden stake. But, wait, it seems he drowned before he was stabbed. Even before they pour themselves a restorative gin after coming upon his body, his neighbor Elena and her visiting mum Dodie begin making lists of who had motive and opportunity. Rick's gal pal Anna demurely maintains she's innocent. But is she, or has she taken Rick's new manuscript and hidden it away? His agent demands it. Ditto his editor. But Elena and Dodie discover there may not even have been a new manuscript. In fact, Rick may not even be the author of his first novel. Alibis will be checked, cups of tea poured, the local constabulary chatted up and another victim dispatched before Rick's demise is sorted out and Elena and Dodie have nothing more to fear than the advent of their balmy, crotchety family matriarch. Journeywoman Oliver (The Cobweb Cage, not reviewed) displays rudimentary writing skills, zero tolerance for characterization, and, alas, a slavish devotion to red herrings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842624838
Publisher:
Dales Large Print Books
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Dales Series
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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Cut Above the Rest 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Ok. 473 Nook pages. DW
pagemage More than 1 year ago
"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.