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The Doll Makers (PI Annie Raymond) Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: PI Annie Raymond (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709089813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709089810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,620,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backwards glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of their beauty or their splendour. Rather they remain as hard as gems." - Anna Rice, Blood and Gold"

About the Author

Penny Grubb is a scientist, an academic, a trade unionist, and the current Chair of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, which is the largest writers' organization in the world. She was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger in 2004.

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Penny is a scientist, a crime writer and an academic (Health Professional Studies), and was for 6 years the Chair of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society which is the largest writers' organisation in the world.

A writer all her life, she penned her first story at age 4 and won her first writing competition at age 9. In 2004 she won the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger for her book, The Doll Makers.

She has worked in a variety of jobs, having been on the inside of pathology labs, operating theatres and medical schools across Europe. Home is with her husband and a transient population of family members and animals in an old farmhouse in a small East Yorkshire village.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Aken on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I met the wonderfully idiosyncratic heroine, Annie Raymond, in Penny's first detective novel, Like False Money, and enjoyed her doubts, courage and intelligence there. In The Doll Makers, Annie travels from her new post in London to visit her father in Scotland and Penny Grubb highlights the contrasts between the noise and claustrophobia of the capital and the space and relative peace of a small Scottish loch-side town.
The story holds the reader's interest from the start and keeps a tight grip on it to the last word. Penny has a way of getting inside the heads and hearts of her characters to bring them to life. Even her villains carry characteristics that make the reader care what happens. But it is Annie who we really empathise with, in spite of her faults, irritabilities, occasional snap judgements and chaotic domestic lifestyle, or maybe because of these. Her quick wits, intelligence, bravery and determination drive the story, with its multiple threads, racing us from chapter to chapter, anxious to know what happens next and eager to identify the real villains amongst the panoply of potential candidates.
There are surprises, shocks and moments of sudden illumination in the twists and turns of the plot so that it becomes difficult to put the book down. I was forced by circumstances to read the book in two sessions but would have read from beginning to end without interruption had it been possible. Such is the developing pace of the story that the reader becomes emotionally engaged in the ever more complex puzzles that lead Annie into great peril. The reader is given clues denied the detective and this makes for tension as we see her stepping toward dangers we know of but to which she is blind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Acaster on March 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the second in the British Annie Raymond PI series. Time has moved on and so has the depth of writing. The sense of place is vivid, be it the crowds of London or the peaty woodlands of the Scottish Highlands, or trapped in a fired labyrinth where beyond the door...

Annie is a more complicated character, haunted by demons from memory and childhood, a partner in a firm run by Pieternel, someone you wouldn't want to rely on with your life. From the opening "Dad I have bad news..." the story tip-toes through a minefield of double-dealing characters and shattered clues that this reader was so desperate to fathom that sleep deprivation took over as the pages insisted be turned.

Not quite hard-boiled, not quite noir... the series definitely takes itself seriously and gives a good rendition of British life as I know it. I think Penny Grubb could just be carving herself an entire sub-genre niche. Book 3 is out soon and my copy is ordered.
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