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Length: 179 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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!

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  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME1ES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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

Blog: http://diannegray.wordpress.com/
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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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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Wolf Pear, by Dianne Gray, is a well-written, complex book about two lives that intersect through a murder. Esther Crookes is bullied by her family for being overweight and unmarried, yet she runs a successful eatery, Crooke’s Books & Cafe, in town, the one place she is respected.

She has a secret – there’s a body in her garden, and she buried it.

JD Cusak is a savvy police detective who has yet to move past a childhood ordeal, only to have to contend with the crushing blow of his brother’s murder.

He too carries a secret – he can see the dead.

Gray is brilliant at character development. There are many characters throughout the book, yet each one is vivid and individual from description to dialogue. I could easily picture these people in the real world, nothing seemed out of place to me, and I was never taken out of the story.

Gray tightens the tension, and the mystery, as she draws us through Esther’s and JD’s lonely and tormented lives. Not only are we feeling pity for the main characters, but we’re nervous too – if the murder is solved, what will it mean for the characters we’ve grown to care about and root for?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Truly. I read it while making dinner because I just had to know what happens next! This is the first book of Dianne Gray's that I have read, but I can assure you, it won't be the last!
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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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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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