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Seaside (Lily Pascale Series #3)
     

Seaside (Lily Pascale Series #3)

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by Scarlett Thomas
 

Smart, wilfull, incautious and nearly terminally curious, Lily Pascale-university lecturer and part-time sleuth-faces her most baffling case in Seaside, when one-half of a pair of identical twins turns up dead.

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Smart, wilfull, incautious and nearly terminally curious, Lily Pascale-university lecturer and part-time sleuth-faces her most baffling case in Seaside, when one-half of a pair of identical twins turns up dead.

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Publishers Weekly
British author Thomas's compelling third Lily Pascale mystery (after 2004's In Your Face) finds the young literature professor at home on a dark and stormy night when a celebrated crime writer, Emma Winter, knocks at the door of her remote Devon cottage and offers her an ungodly sum of money to investigate the recent suicide of an 18-year-old twin. Or was the apparent suicide really murder? And which twin is dead, anyway? The suicide note is signed Laura, but the surviving twin insists that she's Laura. And why does Emma, who refuses to explain why she's interested in these twins, care? Before Lily can figure out whodunit (and who was done in), a rock star is murdered and incest is uncovered. Meanwhile, Lily is increasingly tempted to chuck her university job and take up detecting full time. Then there's the handsome American screenwriter who's just moved in next door. This novel of mixed-up identities, murder and malice sizzles. Agent, Simon Trewin at Peters, Fraser & Dunlap (U.K.). (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Which beautiful twin is dead, and was it murder or suicide? Bubbly Devon literary lecturer Lily Pascale gets an unexpected visit from famed mystery writer Emma Winter and an even more unexpected proposition. Emma offers Lily, who's gained a reputation of late as an amateur sleuth (In Your Face, 2004, etc.), a huge sum to investigate a local crime. Beautiful young Laura Carter has apparently committed suicide, leaving a note. But her surviving identical twin, who should be shy Alex, claims that she is actually Laura. Lily begins her probe by checking into the seaside hotel the twins inherited from their parents, killed in a car accident when Stan, a family enemy, cut their brake wires. Stan is in prison, but his wife Sylvia pops up from time to time to make trouble. Many people-Laura's wheelchair-bound elder brother Tim, her boyfriend Kurt and her dance teacher Cornelia, for starters-are certain of the surviving twin's identity, but they don't all agree. Then Kurt's murder raises the stakes and introduces creepy police detective Ian Nagy. The plot thickens when Lily learns that Emma is the twins' mother and Tim is arrested for Kurt's murder. On the personal front, the seriously mixed signals she's getting from an American screenwriter give Lily typically tumultuous love woes. This buoyant chick-lit mystery boasts crowds of droll characters and moves like lightning. Even traditionalists should smile.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932112092
Publisher:
Justin, Charles & Co.
Publication date:
09/25/2005
Series:
Lily Pascale Series , #3
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.02(d)

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Seaside (Lily Pascale Series #3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the seaside town of Torquay, eighteen years old twins Alexandra and Laura Carter seem like typical teens until one dies. The police investigation supports an apparent suicide yet in spite of the slashed wrists, some things do not add up properly. First and foremost the suicide note left behind is signed by Laura, but the surviving sister claims she is Laura.................. Novelist Emma Winters offers successful amateur sleuth university instructor Lily Pascale (see DEAD CLEVER and IN YOUR FACE) ten thousand pounds to determine whether the victim was murdered, who committed the act if it is a homicide, and which twin lives. Though she vowed to never do any more investigations, the money is great and the case interesting so Lily accepts heading to wintry Torquay unaware the danger that awaits her there if she gets too close to the truth................... Readers along with the police and others will wonder which teen lives and did the survivor pull a Cain and Abel on her sister. The story line is character driven as Lily investigates the case in the freezing seaside town. Lily is a terrific protagonist as her inquiries make for a fine time for sleuth fans. In the seaside town of Torquay, eighteen years old twins Alexandra and Laura Carter seem like typical teens until one dies. The police investigation supports an apparent suicide yet in spite of the slashed wrists, some things do not add up properly. First and foremost the suicide note left behind is signed by Laura, but the surviving sister claims she is Laura......................Harriet klausner