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Crime in the Community (Pitkirtly Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cecilia Peartree
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Book Description

Christopher thinks he has his life under control until the mysterious Amaryllis arrives in the little town, spreading chaos and confusion in her wake.
Suddenly he isn't sure about anything any more. Will he learn to relax and go with the flow or will he try desperately to remain in charge even in the face of domestic upsets and strange things happening all around him?
This is the first in a series of gentle, quirky mysteries set in the small town of Pitkirtly in Scotland.


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  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DFEFDU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,539 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable. August 6, 2011
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This book is not too long, not too short, easy to read and difficult to put down. There are mysteries that will have you wonder what on earth is going on and who certain people really are, but I suggest, don't get TOO excited. I did and ended up being a tiny bit disappointed because I hoped for a different ending! On saying that, it was far from being a disaster, just a completely unexpected turn of events. Personally, I would have liked to see some more clues throughout the book, but perhaps then the story would have to be made longer and, in turn, not as easy to read as it is now. So if you have some free time, enjoy "light" mystery reading and brace yourself for the unexpected ending, I say go for it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a steal November 5, 2011
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This is a wonderful series and I can't believe this book is free. Cecilia Peartree is not some hack author, but rather a fine writer with great books. This, the first in the series, nicely introduces the reader to the characters and setting for the books to follow. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful romp March 18, 2012
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Crime in the Community is a clever, subversive romp with original characters, especially Christopher, the baffled and befuddled semi-hero and the real heroine, Amaryllis. I was charmed by it all but found it strained credulity in a few places, primarily any possibility that Christopher and Amaryllis would be anything but friends. He, inept, and she, with bottomless reservoirs of competence. Nonetheless, I was sucked into the dynamics of the rag-tag group of the PLIF and loved their grumpy affection for one another. Write on, Cecilia.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British September 4, 2011
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A good story. Well-written. Very English. Very quaint. If that's what you're in the mood for, this'll do it for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and fun January 26, 2012
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After reading all the negative reviews, I must conclude that one's opinion of the author's taste and ability as a writer must depend on one's taste and ability as a reader. Just as not everyone enjoys and appreciates Masterpiece Theater, not everyone will enjoy this charming series. I feel the book's interesting setting, quirky characters, quiet humor, and nefarious goings make for a fun read. This is a free book for Kindle, and I bought the next two in the series right away. I hope the author writes more in this series, as well as more mysteries like her "Murder in the Midi" which I also very much enjoyed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent book April 17, 2013
By Kitty
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skillfully written with enjoyable characters and a good tight plot that held my interest. l liked the glimpses of village life and the humor. i liked the way the characters were revealed little by little. this was a good read and i will read the rest of the series. if you like a literate, character-driven mystery with gentle humor, you will enjoy this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's some promise here July 19, 2013
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I'm one of those people who hate being spoon fed by an author. I don't necessarily need everything spelled out for me. I like to be treated as an intelligent reader... But there's a fine line between letting the reader work it out and leaving them scratching their heads with the hero saying "What the ...?" Mainly because the hero is a bit thick. He can't recognise a spy when there's one crawling through his attic window. Having said this, I'm going to read the next book - to see if things improve. There was some promise here - a hint of quirkiness - a hint of romance - worth following up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime In The Community February 26, 2013
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Took a bit of time to get into it glad that I persisted a great read once I got into it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This didn't grab me.
Published 26 days ago by Desert Weaver
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
so so book
Published 1 month ago by gruffgriffin
2.0 out of 5 stars boredom personified
Riveting if you enjoy a yawn a page. this book gave me a new record for complete boredom. thank Heaven it does not describe all Brits. I do not recommend anyone buy it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY SILLY AND NEVER FINISHED IT.
Published 3 months ago by Zelda McCrossen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 4 months ago by bridget paquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very enjoyable read
Published 4 months ago by Drucilla T. Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying These Mysteries Very Much!
I have to admit that I'm speed-reading my way through the Pitkirtly mysteries and enjoying every one of them to the hilt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beckett Shiona
3.0 out of 5 stars Agree the writing shows promise. Some interesting characters but ...
Agree the writing shows promise. Some interesting characters but a slow start. Very slight storyline. Some amusing material. Will try the next one.
Published 5 months ago by B. Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and most enjoyable
Amaryllis Peebles is, at 40, a retired spy. She comes to live in Pitkirtly and muscles in on PLIF –the Pitkirtly Local Improvement Forum. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ignite
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading it
Rather novel storyline. While parts were obvious there were others that came completely from "left field". I enjoyed reading it.
Published 8 months ago by derek peffer
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More About the Author

Cecilia Peartree is the pen name of a writer who lives in Edinburgh and works in an art gallery.
She started writing fiction when she was six, and by the age of sixteen she had a whole cupboard full of unfinished stories. Although she persisted in writing more stories when life allowed it, she didn't publish anything until ebooks became widely available. To make up for lost time, she now aims to write and publish at least three full-length novels a year.
Cecilia writes the Pitkirtly series of quirky mystery novels set in an imaginary town on the coast of Fife, and the Quest mystery/adventure novels set in the early 1950s. She is working on a series of novellas set in Edwardian times which may eventually lead to a more substantial Great War novel.
As befits a mystery writer, she lives in a leafy suburb and has two cats.

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