As She Left It

As She Left It

by Catriona McPherson


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As She Left It by Catriona McPherson

A 2014 Anthony Award Winner

When she was twelve years old, Opal Jones escaped her mother's endless drinking. Now, returning to their small Leeds cottage after her mum's death, Opal feels like she's gone back in time. Nosey Mrs. Pickess is still polishing her windows to a sparkle. Fishbo, Opal's ancient music teacher, still plays trumpet with his band. And much to Opal's delight, her favorite neighbor, Margaret Reid, still keeps an eye on things from the walk in front of her house.

But a tragedy has struck Mote Street. Margaret's grandson, Craig, disappeared some ten years ago, and every day he's not found, shame and sorrow settle deeper into the neighborhood's forgotten corners. As the door she closed on her own dark past begins to open, Opal uncovers more secrets than she can bear about the people who were once her friends.


Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Winner of the 2013 Gold ForeWord IndieFab Award for Mystery

Named one of Kirkus Reviews'"Best Books of 2013"

"The creator of Dandy Gilver...has produced a stand-alone that is worlds apart, a fascinating, mysterious ramble you can't put down."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Dark, absorbing, contemporary stand-alone."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] captivating stand-alone from the author of the Dandy Gilver mystery series."—Booklist

"McPherson has crafted a tale that is both suspenseful and poignant. I wanted to cheer for Opal one second and hug her the next."—Eileen Rendahl, author of The Messenger Novels

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738736778
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2013
Pages: 343
Sales rank: 680,163
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catriona McPhersonwas born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of severalstandalone novels for Midnight Ink. She is a four-time winner of the Lefty Award, three-time winner of the Macavity Award, two-time winner of the Agatha Award, and two-time winner of the Anthony Award. Additionally, she has been a finalist or shortlist honoree for more than a dozen major awards. Catriona also writes the Dandy Gilver historical mystery series (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books). Sheis the past president of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Davis, California.

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As She Left It: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Catriona McPherson Published By: Midnight Ink Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "As She Left It" by Catriona McPherson was a drama with good mystery thriller read, that once you got into the story it was hard to put down. We find that Opal Jones has come back to claim her childhood home that is located on 'Mote Street after the death of her mother from alcoholism. A part of this mystery was that "On Mote Street, a heavy sorrow hangs over every house, threatening to choke whatever threads of humanity are left" due to the fact that a young boy disappeared and was never found around the same time that Opal left town. The irony of it all is that many of the people still lived on 'Mote street.' Opal will come involved with trying to find out what had happened to this child. This is where I say you must pick up this read "As She Left It" to see what all is going on 'Mote Street. There will be many twist and turns along with some deep secrets that will be revealed. I found of the characters were somewhat developed, pathetic, charming, deceitful and even guilty in the search of the truth of it all. I did like out this author was able to show a neighborhood where even though was affected by this child's disappearance and everyone knew every one's business for the most part they kept quite. What will Opal turn up from her search of the truth...who is guilty of what? Maybe this has something to do with my Opal ran away in the first place. What a neighborhood! If you are interested in a good mystery thriller read then I would recommend "As She Left It" to you as a good read.
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
Mysterious atmosphere, suspense palpable from the first page. Opal is an intriguing main character, and I felt for her, and all the hardships she went through. I enjoyed how the mystery slowly unfolded, and we figured out more and more about the characters. Solid mystery read. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness... the cover of this book was very inviting... The story not so much. It was a real struggle to associate the lofty thoughts of Opal with her actual speech which was "blimey" "Oi" etc. I'm also not sure whether author Catriona McPherson could decide whether to write as an American or as an Anglophile, because together she had a hard time. The characters were annoying, unrealistic, and the storyline not engrossing. Needless to say I gave up half way through, flipped to the last two pages and discovered the answer to the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly edited, only reason I completed the book is because when I start something I always finish it. Crazy I know!