Shifting Sands

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A gripping psychological mystery and a warm, sympathetic exploration of widowhood - Anna’s family hope that a South African safari holiday will help her to get over her beloved husband’s death. No one is more surprised than Anna herself when she finds herself strongly attracted to a fellow traveller, Lewis Masters, and despite her initial resistance, she is soon drawn into a new relationship. But back home, Anna’s journalist son Jonathan is being repeatedly contacted by a young woman asking for his help, even ...

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A gripping psychological mystery and a warm, sympathetic exploration of widowhood - Anna’s family hope that a South African safari holiday will help her to get over her beloved husband’s death. No one is more surprised than Anna herself when she finds herself strongly attracted to a fellow traveller, Lewis Masters, and despite her initial resistance, she is soon drawn into a new relationship. But back home, Anna’s journalist son Jonathan is being repeatedly contacted by a young woman asking for his help, even though she’s too frightened to say what is worrying her . . .

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Recently widowed Anna Farrell goes on a South African safari holiday, a gift from her grown children who hope she will enjoy the diversion. But they don't count on their mother falling in love with Lewis Masters, a successful businessman. In an uncanny coincidence, Anna's journalist son, Jonathan, is investigating a story about the health spa company that Lewis owns. People may be dying from some of the spa's experimental treatments. A leisurely but engrossing story picks up momentum midstream when Jonathan's inside source is murdered. Did Mum's new boyfriend murder the whistle-blower? VERDICT This old-fashioned tale of romantic suspense, dressed up for the 21st century, from the always reliable Fraser (Thicker Than Water) will entertain Margaret Truman fans and readers who like family dramas in the style of Penny Vincenzi.
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Whose grief is more intense, the widow's or her adult children's? Anna Farrell's husband died while playing a round of golf last year. To cheer her up, her children Jonathan, a journalist, and Sophie, a designer, and their spouses send her off on a South African holiday, where she meets and beds another tourist, Lewis Masters, the divorced owner of a chain of upmarket spas. Anna is loath to admit her indiscretion to the kids, but Sophie arrives for some coddling after she spies her hubby canoodling with her best friend, and the secret is soon out. Jonathan is startled to learn that his mum's lover is under police investigation for the stabbing murder of an employee who had contacted Jonathan about spa treatments that she claimed had caused five deaths. But when Jonathan goes to a hotel to meet her, she's lying dead in the tub, her safe is open and the files stored on a memory drive are missing. Marriages past and present come under scrutiny--Jonathan and his wife are only recently reconciled, while Sophie is naturally on the outs with her husband--and almost nobody, not even Anna, is best pleased about her quickie entanglement. The police plod along, and at length, on the 30th anniversary of the spas' opening. The murderer is revealed with Lewis's son, ex-wife, staff and celebratory guests in attendance. The romances, which are more interesting than the murder, make for a modestly involving read characteristic of Fraser's output (Unfinished Portrait, 2010, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847513632
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Fraser announced at the age of five that she wanted to be an author.

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