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An Ibiza Surprise [NOOK Book]

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Life in Ibiza can be glorious and fast, especially for those who have money. Sarah Cassells is an intelligent girl and has many admirers. Having completed her training as a chef, she hears of her father's violent death on the island, and refuses to believe it when told it was suicide. She becomes involved with a series of people who might be able to shed some light on events, including her brother who is an engineer for a Dutch firm from whom a secret piece of machinery has been stolen. As Ibiza prepares to ...

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Overview

Life in Ibiza can be glorious and fast, especially for those who have money. Sarah Cassells is an intelligent girl and has many admirers. Having completed her training as a chef, she hears of her father's violent death on the island, and refuses to believe it when told it was suicide. She becomes involved with a series of people who might be able to shed some light on events, including her brother who is an engineer for a Dutch firm from whom a secret piece of machinery has been stolen. As Ibiza prepares to celebrate an annual religious festival events become more convoluted and macabre. Sarah has choices to make; none are simple, but fortunately Johnson Johnson, the enigmatic portrait painter and master of mystery sails in on his yacht 'Dolly'. Together they may get at the truth, but with murder, espionage and theft all entwined within the tale, there are constant surprises for the reader - and for Sarah!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755131549
  • Publisher: House of Stratus, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2012
  • Series: Dolly (Johnson Johnson) , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 313,789
  • File size: 478 KB

Meet the Author

Dorothy, Lady Dunnett, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1923, the only daughter of an engineer, Alexander Halliday, and his wife Dorothy. Whilst gifted academically and musically, she was not encouraged to further her talents by attending university, and instead joined the civil service in Scotland as an assistant press officer.

In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, who was at the time the chief press officer to the Secretary of State for Scotland. He went on to become editor of 'The Scotsman' newspaper, whilst she later worked on a statistics handbook for the Board of Trade. After a brief spell in Glasgow, the couple settled in Edinburgh where their home became a centre for hospitality and entertaining, mostly in support of Scottish art and culture. Dunnett had also taken evening classes at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, and from 1950 onwards she established a prominent career as a portrait painter, being exhibited at both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. She was also an accomplished sculptress.

Her interest in writing developed during the 1950's. Her own tastes took her to historical novels and it was her husband who eventually suggested she write one of her own, after she had complained of running out of reading material. The result was 'The Game of Kings', an account of political and military turmoil in sixteenth-century Scotland. Whilst turned down for publication in the UK, it was eventually published in the USA where it became an instant best seller. Other titles, such as the 'Lymond Chronicles' and 'House of Niccolo' series followed and which established her international reputation.

She also successfully turned her hand to crime, with the 'Johnson Johnson' series. He is an eccentric artist, famous for bifocals, and of course amateur detective. All of the titles in the series somehow also feature the yacht 'Dolly', despite ranging widely in location from Scotland, to Ibiza, Rome, Marrakesh, Canada, Yugoslavia, Madeira and The Bahamas. There is plenty of sailing lore for the enthusiast, but not so much it detracts from the stories genre; crime. Each of them is told by a woman whose profession explains her role in the mystery and we learn very little about Johnson himself, save for the fact he is somewhat dishevelled in appearance.

Dorothy Dunnett somehow fitted in her many careers and voluntary work, along with supporting her husband's endeavours, yet still found the time to correspond widely with her readers from all over the world, and was often delighted to meet with them personally. She held the rare distinction of having a Dorothy Dunnett Readers Association formed during her lifetime and collaborated with it as much as possible. A writer who has been described as one of great wit, charm, and humanity, yet whose work displayed toughness, precision, and humour, she was appointed to an OBE in 1992 for services to literature and became Lady Dunnett in 1995 when her husband was knighted. She died in 2001, being survived by her two sons; Ninian and Mungo.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    A New Dawn

    A New Dawn

    Chapter Four
    We decide to settle in the hollow of a pine tree. Cinder curls up in the back of the large hollow, hidden by the shadows.
    I sit by the entrance, thinking of my family. My parents, and my brother Tiller. I hope the Council has told them of my task, so they don't have to worry.
    Well, they'll still worry, but at least not as much.
    "Ep?" Comes Cinder's voice from the shadows.
    "Yeah?" I hoot.
    "Do you believe in 'ancestors'? All the dead animals living in the sky?" By her tone, I can tell she doesn't believe it for a second.
    "Well... not exactly. I mean, I guess. I believe we all go somewhere, but I don't really have any certain beliefs. Why?"
    "My leader recieved a sign from a bunch of starry spirits telling her I was to represent the cats." After that, she tells me her story.
    It started with rumors of wolves crossing the border. After a while, Fawn, the cats' leader, sent a little group to check it out. Razor had gone, and his mate Seedrefused to let him go without her. On the journey, she kitted. They had to stay in a makeshift camp for four and a half moons, until they finally gave up and went back to their real camp. Not a single wolf had crossed the border, or even come close. They returned, happily greeted their fellows, only for Cinder to be whisked away again.
    After hearing that, I look at her in a new light. "I'm so sorry." I whisper.
    She waves her tail. "It's nothing." She says, brushing off my apology. "I'm not dying or anything."
    "Sso, youu ready?" I ask.
    "Yeah. I'm ready for anything."
    I only wish I could say the same.

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