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Product Details

  • Series: An Abbot Agency Mystery (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bea Abbot, owner of a London domestic agency, helps her friend Maggie deal with Maggie’s drama-queen mother, Lady Ossett, whose life is a mess. After an attempt was made on his life, Lady Ossett’s husband, Sir Lucas, has moved out of their apartment, and she is fearful that she may have been the target. Sir Lucas hires Bea to find out who wishes to harm him, believing it to be a business rival. However, after Bea talks to owners of other flats in their building, she learns there has been a series of pranks in the building, becoming more serious over time. Then one of the residents dies, along with the building manager. The stylish, sixtysomething Bea makes an appealing lead in a series that combines humor with quirky characters and a nicely evoked contemporary London settting. --Sue O'Brien

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“A closed-room drama with a fascinating set of characters makes for an intriguing whodunit” (Library Journal)

"The Abbot Agency’s seventh outing will be just the thing for readers who like their cozies with a bit of bite." (Kirkus Reviews)

“The stylish, sixtysomething Bea makes an appealing lead in a series that combines humor with quirky characters and a nicely evoked contemporary London settting” (BOOKLIST)

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Veronica Heley (www.veronicaheley.com) has published more than sixty books, including crime fiction, historical, and children's titles. She is currently involved in the Ellie Quicke series of crime stories and a variety of other projects. A full-time writer, she has been married to a London probation officer since 1964, and has one musician daughter.

I enjoy giving talks and workshops about writing, and served time on the committee of the Association of Christian Writers. I attend Pitshanger Methodist Church, run their bookstall and am a member of their prayer group. I've been married to a probation officer for forty something years, and we have one married, musician daughter.

For fun I read anything and everything. I've been a member of a book reading club for forty years. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, I garden, I play patience with real cards ... and think about stories I haven't yet had time to write.

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The Abbot Agency series just gets better and better. I enjoyed this book enormously, the main characters get more rounded out and the who-done-it in this mystery was really a surprise. Sir Lucas was most believable, I loved te fact that he could be absolutely wrong! I love Bea, she is a little younger than I am and certainly wealthier but she still is a down home woman with a strong sense of turning lost sheep into family members. She has a marvelously interesting ex-husband but has no illusions about his strengths and weakesses. I missed reading more of him in this book. I truly wish she could give her son some backbone and a stronger sense of morality ... or is it less selfishness that he needs? I don't find him charming just surly or is his mum just blind to his faults? It seems so. I love the descriptions of the flats and the Abbott house because they remind me of my visits of England. My only regret is that I anxiously await the next book, I read it, but then it's over all too soon. I truly wish I could stretch each book out a little longer because I love the suspense and the characters. I sure hope there is an Ellie Quicke on the front burner so I can continue to have another "Veronica Heley" to read very soon. By the way, what happened to real quotation marks, have they become passe?
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By Craig Wuerker on March 13, 2014
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Love the Abbott Agency series by Heley! This is a great additon letting us in on more of our favorite characters lives. Bea's insights of everyones actions is always on the money,and sticking to her moral compass when others fail is refreshing. Love Heley's plots and characters!
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By Damaskcat on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Bea Abbot is worried about Maggie who lives with her and runs her own property development business. Maggie has been summoned by her mother, Lady Ossett, because her husband, Sir Lucas, has moved out. Bea doesn't think it would be good for Maggie to give up her job - especially as she doesn't get on well with her mother. When Sir Lucas asks Bea to find out what is going on in the block of flats where Lady O lives Bea finds herself more involved than she really cares to be.

This is a well written `cosy' mystery with that little something extra. The characters are well drawn and they develop throughout the series. There is Bea herself, running a successful domestic agency, Maggie - who lives in the same house, Oliver who is away at university but who features in this story as he is home for the Christmas holiday. There is Winston, the cat with attitude and Bea's ex-husband, portrait painter Piers.

I enjoy this series because it is firmly founded in the everyday problems of feeding a family, shopping and making sure a business runs smoothly while trying to solve a mystery and be all things to everyone. Bea is far from being a perfect person and she speaks her mind when necessary as well as putting the phone down on people when they annoy her.
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