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What to Do About Emma: A New Zealand Mystery

What to Do About Emma: A New Zealand Mystery

by Ilene Birkwood


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On Monday he decided to kill his wife. By Thursday he had the perfect plan.

Nicole, a young New Zealander grieving over the death of her husband, shies away from the pain of another relationship. Well-meaning friends constantly urge her to marry again. Frustrated by their endless matchmaking, she runs away to the other side of the world.

Settled comfortably in a charming English village, she enjoys her new way of life. As a software consultant ,she works like crazy all week, but retreats to the slow-paced village life on the weekend. There she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a shy little homemaker, Emma. However, she has mixed feelings about Adrian, Emma's successful husband.

When months later Adrian returns from a long vacation in New Zealand without Emma, people accept his explanation - everyone except Nicole.

Determined to discover the truth, Nicole decides to face her personal demons and return to New Zealand. There she uncovers more evidence, but a police investigation finds nothing conclusive. It looks as if Adrian has committed the perfect crime.

Adrian hearing of Nicole's efforts, comes in hot pursuit. Undeterred, she continues her search, totally unaware of what fate has in store.

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ISBN-13: 9781492988298
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

I was born on the Isle of Wight in England, and after I married moved to New Zealand in 1960 where my only son was born. We moved to the U.S. in 1965 to pursue careers in the software industry. Starting out as a technical writer a eventually became Vice President of Tandem Computers. We retired to New Zealand and spent a marvelous 14 years living in a beach community in the Far North. I loved the beach and the sub tropical climate. On 40-acre beach side property, we created a Kiwi sanctuary and had fun with our bull mastiffs. A golfer in California, I turned my attention to fishing and became totally addicted to spending the day fishing in our boat. I finally had time to write, and starting out with a non fiction book Stress for Success. I then wrote two mysteries set in New Zealand: Suddenly Silence and Deadly Deception. A memoir I published in 2012 describes my adventures as a child in WWII when I was on a ship torpedoed in mid-Atlantic. Believe it or not, we kids thought it was fun and wanted to do it again.

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