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Though Brodie Farrell runs a business called "Looking for Something?" she tries to avoid missing people cases. But she can't refuse when her friend in the police asks her to find the long-lost aunt of two girls after their mother is murdered and their father disappears. When an intruder breaks into the girls' home, Brodie must act quickly to save them from a dangerous, elusive murderer.

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Overview

Though Brodie Farrell runs a business called "Looking for Something?" she tries to avoid missing people cases. But she can't refuse when her friend in the police asks her to find the long-lost aunt of two girls after their mother is murdered and their father disappears. When an intruder breaks into the girls' home, Brodie must act quickly to save them from a dangerous, elusive murderer.

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Set in Northern Ireland, Bannister's third Brodie Farrell suspense novel (after 2002's True Witness) tells the emotionally draining tale of two sisters, 14-year-old Juanita and 11-year-old Emerald Daws, left alone in the world after their father allegedly murdered their mother in revenge for her frequent affairs with local teenagers. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the girls' uncle hires Brodie, who runs the search business "Looking for Something?," to find a missing relative to care for them. Brodie disappears for most of the story, leaving Juanita and Emerald in the custody of her friend, out-of-work teacher Daniel Hood, who soon becomes emotionally attached to his young charges, despite their intense hostility toward anyone older than themselves. Wracked with panic attacks from the misfortunes he suffered in True Witness, Daniel proves ineffective as both an instructor and investigator and is nearly killed several times before Brodie returns to help solve this sordid case. Suspense builds gradually in the uncomplicated plot, which at times could use clearer direction with fewer psychological digressions. Bannister's occasional use of Irish slang and syntax may confuse some readers. A tense final scene redeems an overly drawn-out resolution to a disturbing case of mayhem in the wilds of Ulster. (Dec. 8) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Mummy's dead, daddy's on the run, and the kids are seething. When their aunt and uncle fly in from South Africa to tend to them, 14-year-old Juanita (Johnny) and 11-year-old Emerald (Em) are eerily quiet, stupefied by family tragedy. Their mother Serena flaunted her farmboy lover Nicky until, most everyone agrees, her wealthy grocery magnate husband Robert stabbed her 13 times. But why use two different knives? wonders Jack Deacon of the Dimmock CID. Meanwhile, Jack's good friend Brodie Farrell, who finds things for a living, is looking for Serena's sister at the request of her brother-in-law, Hugo Daws. She suggests that he hire math teacher Daniel Hood to tutor his nieces until the family situation simmers down. When Daniel takes up residence, matters quickly escalate: The girls accost a burglar at 3 a.m., and Nicky has a terrible motorbike accident, delighting the girls, who insist he murdered mummy. But then why did daddy run away? As the awful truth descends on Brodie and Daniel, they are powerless to stop the bad seeds, who have resurrected their mum's childhood creation, the Cheyne Wood Phantom, to kill; abducted their aunt at knifepoint; set fire to their house after locking Brodie and Daniel in the attic; and unknowingly driven daddy to suicide. Creepy kids notwithstanding, the true horror here stalks Daniel, who must surmount past demons (True Witness, 2002, etc.) to face the moral condemnation of his best friend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312319380
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2003
  • Series: Brodie Farrell Mysteries Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Bannister lives in Northern Ireland and is a former journalist. She has won several awards for her writing. Her interests are riding and archaeology. Ms. Bannister also writes short stories which are published by Ellery Queen Magazine/USA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    A powerful tour-de-force

    In the small English town of Dimmock is located the store, ¿Looking For Something?¿ owned and operated by Brodie Farrell. She hunts for things that people want but are unable to find. She makes it a practice to never look for people because the one time she did, she almost got somebody killed. When Hugo Daws comes into her place of business asking to locate his sister in law¿s sister she almost says no, but realizes if she refuses the request, two young children will be taken into foster care.<P> Their mother was murdered, knifed thirteen times after a fight with her husband and he disappeared. Brodie agrees to help and when Hugo asked if she knows a teacher who can stay with the girls and his wife she recommends her friend Daniel Hood. He accepts since he needs the money and a place to live but that decision will take him to the edge of his own sanity and force him to make a choice no person should have to make.<P> Jo Bannister is an excellent storyteller, an author who coaxes her audience to take one step beyond their comfort zone. There is a lot of misdirection and false leads in this British amateur sleuth tale so that readers won¿t catch on to what is really happening until the author chooses to reveal it. REFLECTIONS will appeal to fans of Alfred Hitchcock.<P> Harriet Klausner

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