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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727880144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727880147
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,714,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in England following the end of World War II, Moody's novel begins when 11-year-old Alice and her brother, Orlando, move with their parents to the small coastal town of Shale. Although the family is poor, they have books, music, seaside adventures, and plenty of friends to make things bearable. But their placid life is shattered when 12-year-old Nicola Stone moves to town. Alice is intrigued by Nicola's sophisticated, knowing precociousness, but Orlando hates her. It's only after weeks of Nicola's thoughtless cruelty and taunting innuendos that Alice begins to hate her, too. On the night of Alice's twelfth birthday party, Nicola disappears, and it's Alice and Orlando who find her battered body the next day. Nicola's killer is never found, but her brutal murder haunts Alice and Orlando into adulthood. Alice, who is more affected by the tragedy than Orlando, decides to move back to Shale, try to discover who killed Nicola, and thus try to exorcise her own demons. This dark, atmospheric novel combines a gripping murder mystery and a psychologically complex coming-of-age tale. -- Booklist, April 1, 2011

Set in England following the end of World War II, Moody's novel begins when 11-year-old Alice and her brother, Orlando, move with their parents to the small coastal town of Shale. Although the family is poor, they have books, music, seaside adventures, and plenty of friends to make things bearable. But their placid life is shattered when 12-year-old Nicola Stone moves to town. Alice is intrigued by Nicola's sophisticated, knowing precociousness, but Orlando hates her. It's only after weeks of Nicola's thoughtless cruelty and taunting innuendos that Alice begins to hate her, too. On the night of Alice's twelfth birthday party, Nicola disappears, and it's Alice and Orlando who find her battered body the next day. Nicola's killer is never found, but her brutal murder haunts Alice and Orlando into adulthood. Alice, who is more affected by the tragedy than Orlando, decides to move back to Shale, try to discover who killed Nicola, and thus try to exorcise her own demons. This dark, atmospheric novel combines a gripping murder mystery and a psychologically complex coming-of-age tale. --Booklist, April 1, 2011

About the Author

Susan Moody grew up in Oxford and now divides her time between England and France. She is a former Chairman of the Crime Writer's Association, served as World President of the International Association of Crime Writers, and was elected to the prestigious Detection Club. She is the author of numerous crime novels, including the Penny Wanawake and Cassie Swann mystery series. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Susan Moody began writing crime novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels.

Her first acclaimed suspense novel was Playing With Fire, and was followed with equal success by Hushaby, House of Moons,and The Italian Garden. All of them were translated in several languages.

Takeout Double, the first of the Cassandra Swann series, was published in 1993, and followed by Grand Slam, King of hearts, Doubled in Spades, Sacrifice Bid and Dummy Hand. Susan has also written a number of short stories.

Susan achieved a long-standing ambition to produce a best-seller, with Love Over Gold, the story of the Gold Blend coffee couple! This sold nearly 200,000 copies world wide and

made the Sunday Times best-seller list. It was unfortunate that she chose to write it under a pseudonym.

She has also written a sequel to Francis Hodgson Burnett's children's classic, the Secret Garden. Misslethwaite was shortlisted for the annual award of the Romantic Novelists' Association and sold over 50,000 softback copies in the first month of publication. It was published in the US as Return to the Secret Garden.

In all, she has published 29 novels, most of them crime and suspense. Susan spent two years as a Creative Writing Tutor in Her Majesty's Prison, Bedford. She is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, serving in all as a CWA Committee member for seven years. She is a long-standing member of the prestigious Detection Club and served for three years as the President of the International Association of Crime Writers.

In 2000, she published The Colour of Hope, which was phenomenally successful and sold in 20 different Countries. Since then she has published Dancing In the Dark and Losing Nicola. Loose Ends will appear in October 2012

She spent a semester in Tasmania, Australia, as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania, has taught a course in the Crime Novel at the University of Copenhagen, has given a master-class in crime writing on Meridian TV, and has led many courses and workshops in creative and crime writing in England, the US and Australia.

Susan is married to the Australian mathematician, Professor John Donaldson, who has three sons and one daughter, as well as twelve grandchildren. Susan has one grandchild of her very own. She has homes in Tasmania, France and south-east Kent.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marion Lennox on April 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Losing Nicola is the first Susan Moody I've read, and I'm astounded I've missed her until now. I'd decided I'd read the first chapters before bed - and whoops, the night disappeared. Susan's post wartime, seaside community of Shale became so vivid I was there, and I `was' Alice, repelled and fascinated by the mystery of Nicola, entrenched in her horror. With her superb plotting and fabulous characterisation, Susan pulled me into the middle of an awesome mystery and kept me riveted until the final page. Gloriously I find she has a formidable backlist. Fabulous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lees on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Losing Nicola

It's been a while since Susan Moody's last book appeared, so I was full of anticipation when I saw that LOSING NICOLA had just been published. Nor was I disappointed. LOSING NICOLA is Moody's usual blend of beautifully-written suspense, high emotion, comedy and marvellously-drawn characters, with a great twist at the end. Alice, the main protagonist, discovers the body of a young girl whose unsolved murder haunts Alice for years. Eventually she returns to the little town called Shale to finally discover what really happened. The author's atmospheric sense of place - a small seaside town in the '50s and '70s - draws the reader in to a world which is now largely forgotten. I've admired all of Susan's books in the past, but I think this is one of her best. Very much worth waiting for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Barlow on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am roughly from the same era as the main charachters in this book. Even though it was sent in England and I was raised in the United States, I think a lot of the details of every day life in the fifties and seventies is pretty much the same in both places. I found the whole book a fascinating experience and heartily recommend it.
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