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Wolf Pear [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Gray
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Book Description

The serial killer. The psychic detective. The deadly garden that holds all the secrets.

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July 2011 - The genuine paperback copy of this book will soon be sold through Amazon. If you can't see the cover picture, it's not the genuine article. If you're looking for the genuine paperback you can purchase this through LULU for under $20.00.

In the meantime - I really hope you enjoy reading this story on kindle!

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME1ES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Wolf Pear is, hands down, an absolute delight – like sinking one’s teeth into a ripe and luscious tomato fresh off the vine. For that is what a wolf pear is – a tomato. And this novel is about as juicy and tasty as its title suggests.

Now you might ask yourself – how can anyone call a book about a poor woman who has been bullied, pushed, shoved, and taken advantage of all her life and a grief-stricken, haunted police detective on the trail of a serial killer, a delight? I guess you had to be there because delightful it is.

From the opening pages, as Esther Crooke scrambles to bury a body in the soil of her garden, through Detective JD Cusack’s cross country chase, always steps behind a killer, Gray hooks the reader into the story with effortless ease.

To hide the makeshift grave, Esther puts in a crop of tomato plants given to her off the back of a truck headed for an experimental farm. And boy or boy, do those tomatoes grow, achieving exactly the opposite of what Esther had hoped – her attempts at camouflage shine a spotlight on her makeshift grave.

As JD Cusack’s past secrets and special ability brings him closer and closer to the killer, Gray neatly winds in all the loose ends of the story like an expert knitter finishing off a scarf.

This book abounds with location and character details that cause the reader to chuckle out loud or sigh with sadness.

Esther owns and runs the Crooke Books & Café, a converted house out on the highway. “Its roof pitched like a witch’s hat slashed with orange rust.” A startling juxtaposition of description tells all in a handful of words. The café is filled with books Esther has collected, none of which are for sale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Pear May 2, 2013
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The reader has no idea whether or not the two main protagonists in Wolf Pear, JD Cusack and Esther Crooke, will ever meet. Both characters so mistreated as children, you hope that the something in the story will turn out well for them.

Poor Esther, fat, lonely, and constantly tormented, has worked her way into a very successful business with her best friend, Sandy in spite of having a despicably hateful family. JD, with his special talents to see beyond the normal, has become a top federal police officer. Both Esther and JD are haunted by their pasts as well as their present circumstances. Neither of them realize the danger that await them.

The novel opens with Esther burying a man that she has killed. To hide him, she plants tomatoes on his grave. The tomatoes grow exceeding well bringing her unsolicited notoriety and fame, and more agitation from her family. JD's brother has been murdered, and JD takes time off to "relax", and runs into to more bodies and unsolved cases away from home as he privately seeks his brother's murderer.

The pace is fast, and once you start this short novel, you won't want to put it down until you find out "who done it!" I did learn what a wolf pear was before the end, but I did not figure out the mysteries, so don't cheat and read the end first - that's not fair. See if you can do better than I did. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really engaging read June 18, 2013
By Carrie
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The book starts with a woman burying a body in her yard, and the intrigue doesn't let up from there. The chapters alternate between two point-of-view characters. First there's Esther Crookes, a lonely woman, unattractive by society's standards, who is ridiculed by her family and longs for something more. Complicating her life is the body she just buried in her yard. Next is JD Cusack, a well-respected police detective with his own secret, one that gives him a special skill that acts as both a gift and a curse. Each chapter hooked me in by revealing just enough in each of these two characters' lives to keep me turning the pages long after I should have moved on to something else. Really hard to put down! At the climax, these two interesting characters finally cross paths for a satisfying and well-drafted ending. I really enjoyed this book and very much recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Pear is a captivating read October 13, 2014
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First let me say I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wolf Pear by Dianne Gray. She took two almost completely different stories and let them converge into a wonderful complete book.

One thing that amazed me was how the author used so many characters, kept them separated and gave each a distinct personality that I could relate to. I also liked the use of main characters that don't fit the norm for today's writing.

The story kept the tension and anticipation of the outcome in question until then end. The two main characters JD Cusack and Esther Crookes are completely different but each filled with past secrets and the Wolf Pear drew them closer and closer together.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of mysteries, suspense and those that enjoy a good story. I will be reading more of Dianne Gray's works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars take a trip July 30, 2013
By EllaDee
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I feel like I've been on a trip but no, I've just read Wolf Pear. Many times when I go on holidays I fall in love with the place and think oh, it would be so good to just stay. Reading Dianne Gray's novel, it's the same, I fell in love and made new friends, enjoyed the miles & twists & turns of the journey, and despite the deaths and Esther's horrible family I wanted to move to Boonup. I knew I was going to enjoy this read, but I didn't realise how much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down.
This book is very interesting. Dianne Gray writes a blog on and I follow her posts regularly. I thought I'd read this book first because the title appealed to me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomatoes, anyone?
Can't say tomatoes will ever taste the same - but, of course, they will, more delicious than ever! This beautifully crafted short work by Dianne Gray truly shows her seemingly... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Billy Ray Chitwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
I have just finished Wolf Pear and the last couple of chapters of this book I could not stop reading. Dianne Gray has a unique Australian style all of her own. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kath Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Dianne Gray does it again!
This story was easy to read but that does not mean it was not a complex story. The characters seemed real and their problems realistic. I enjoyed the "magical" part. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Esther, Esther, What does your garden grow?
Esther and JD are the main characters in this story. Esther is an emotionally abused single woman who has been caught up in something bigger than herself. Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by Char in Boise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and a weirdly entertaining story
In Wolf Pear, Dianne Gray gives us a fascinating story of family dynamics, horticulture, the paranormal and murder. Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by Perry A Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
With a novel like this it is apparent to me why your writing has won so many awards, Dianne. I absolutely love this novel. Read more
Published on November 7, 2012 by TiffanyLovesBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this fantastic Aussie book now!!
I did not expect that!

I stumbled across Dianne's books by accident, it wasn't even through Goodreads, but when I learnt that not only was she an Aussie, but a... Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by Lynxie
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More About the Author

28 September 2012 - Dianne's book 'Soul's Child' has won the 2012 YouWriteOn Book of the Year award

Facebook: Dianne Gray Author
Twitter: @Zigotide

Dianne is an Australian author who has won and been highly commended in numerous national and international short story writing awards - these include: HQ/HarperCollins, Scarlet Stiletto, Cairns Post and University of Canberra.

Her novel "The Everything Theory" was shortlisted in the Australian/New Zealand IP awards in 2009. In 2011 the novel was quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel award.

"Let Sleeping Gods Lie" was shortlisted in the Australian/New Zealand IP awards in 2007.

"Manslaughter and Other Tears" is an anthology of Dianne's award winning short stories which have been published in the following anthologies:
Harper Collins - "Enter"
Ginninderra Press - "The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet"
Harlequin/MIRA press - "Scarlet Stiletto - The First Cut".

Dianne's latest novel is "Soul's Child."


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