Winner of the BigAl's Books and Pals 2014 Reader's Choice Award for women's fiction.
Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé, Gerald, to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless in a local park. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she drowns herself in guilt and wine. And can't deny an attraction to the cop on the case.
Finn Wight is one hot detective. How soon after informing Jemima of Gerald's death is too soon to confess his love?
When a mute man shows up in the park, Jemima and Finn join forces to learn his identity. While they uncover the secret that sent him running from home, will they discover that new love can mend a broken heart?
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About the Author
Bean counter by day, Julie Frayn spends her off hours penning award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. When not working or writing, Julie spend as much time as possible with her babies. Well, they're grown adults now, but they still think she's cool. Right kids? Right? Hello?
In grade school, Julie was a math whiz, loved to write stories and poems in English class, and had an artistic flair for pencil drawings and pen and ink pointillism. When it came time to choose a career, she was torn between three loves. Her artistic brain ached to create. But her practical side, and the need to eat, won out. Though she's devoted her career to numbers, she revels in the written word.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead by Julie Frayn Jemima "Jem" Stone has been waiting for four years to find her missing fiancé Gerald. Detective Finn Wight is on the case. He is found dead far from home, and it was declared a homicide. As Finn tries to find out who killed Gerald, Jem tries to get on with her life. Every morning she feeds the homeless. When a new homeless man appears, something about him grabs her attention. She is compelled to find out more about his man, and why he became homeless. Together Jem & Finn are about to uncover some deep long buried secrets. A fast paced murder/mystery with a touch of romance. Jem is very likable, her feelings towards Gerald are deep. She struggles to come to terms with his death, and to move on. Finn is there to help in every way she needs. The story is fresh, original and moves along at a good pace. Jem has a lot of emotional feelings she has to face if she wants to enjoy her life. We watch her struggle with feelings, of love, loss and acceptation. I recommend It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead to those who like an emotional romantic/mystery.
~Received For An Honest Review~ Twist and turns you don't see coming. A mystery to keep you on the edge and guessing. Once you start reading be prepared not to be able to put the reader down easily as this book will have you hook right from the beginning. No spoilers here, but I will say, you don't want to miss out on this great read!
Jemima Stone, Jem for short, is one those characters I found myself caring about almost immediately. She isn’t without faults (who among us is?), but she also has a way of taking a negative and turning it positive, which is a quality we could all emulate. An example of this is her obsession with finding her fiancé, Gerald, who disappeared. When she spotted a man that looked like him apparently living among the homeless in a park, she took to preparing and delivering food to the homeless in this park each morning. While initially this was with the hope of finding Gerald, it quickly became more about helping those in need and continued after he was found murdered in another city. In addition to the main storyline, finding out and coming to terms with what happened to Gerald and why he left like he did, there are secondary story threads which are no less compelling. The changing relationship with the police detective who was investigating Gerald’s disappearance is one. Another is Jem’s work with the homeless, especially one man who she goes above and beyond in finding out his story and trying to help. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Julie Frayn is one talented writer. “It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead” couldn’t be more different from “Suicide City; a Love Story.” Frayn does one again shine a light on mental illness in a very meaningful way. This is the hot topic of the day. Glenn Close has said that the one role she regrets is the one she played in “Fatal Attraction” because she feels as though she played into a stereotype when her character was actually suffering from a mental illness. Frayn encourages us to think twice about the huddled mass in our inner-city doorways. Colloquially called “bums” a number of homeless face sincere mental illnesses that rip them from those they love. In the case of Gerald, his character was on track to cure cancer. He’d won awards and been well acclaimed in his field and in the cold light of day, Jem acknowledges that there were signs she might have seen and times she should have known something was off. A theme Frayn seems to embrace in her writing is that when life kicks you, you have to get right back up. Jem has been feeding the homeless and she takes a few days to wallow in grief but she knows that they need her so she gets right back up. When she meets Joseph, a new person in the park who won’t talk to anyone and scares the locals, she knows that he needs a human connection and kindness. She not only helps him but herself by talking out her demons with him. He becomes a stand-in for Gerald. Not in a romantic sense but in the knowledge that she has a second chance to help someone in the way she should have helped Gerald. At the end of the day, Frayn has produced another masterpiece. Julie Frayn is an author to watch closely.