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Meddling with Murder: A Crouch End Confidential Mystery by [Campbell, Ellie]
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About the Author

Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sister writing team, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell.  Running wild as tomboys in Scotland, playing imagination games, they couldn't dream that one day they'd co-author novels despite an ocean between them. From boring clerical jobs in London to a varied life of backpacking and adventure travel, both started almost accidentally as short story writers, Lorraine when working in publishing, Pam as a fun hobby while an at-home mother of three.
 
By the time each had 70 short stories published internationally, Pam was settled in Surrey, England, and Lorraine had finally taken root in Boulder, Colorado. Long telephone chats about life and fiction led to their current collaboration.  They have produced six acclaimed novels - How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper, Million Dollar Question and Meddling With Murder.  They write contemporary women's fiction laced with humour, romance, and mystery. 
 
When not hunched over computers, Lorraine, a certified ROTH 'horse whisperer', can usually be found messing about with her four rescue horses and Pam on a fund raising bike ride, madly cycling over mountains to Paris, Barcelona or Gibraltar on the back of her husband's bone-shaking tandem. 

They love any chance to connect with their readers. Get in touch with Pam and Lorraine on: Web: chicklitsisters.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/EllieCampbellBooks 
Twitter: @ecampbellbooks 
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Email: chicklitsisters@gmail.com

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  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991538153
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Across the Pond Press (April 9, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DA706ZI
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Cathy’s adventurous life continues where it stops. She is co-owner of an agency. While Pimple her business partner is on a trip in the USA Cathy is dealing with lost pets and cats on trees rescue. There are rumors that some drugs dealers hung around the school where her children go. Rosa, her best friend, calls her and gives her assignment, but all that call is wrapped in mystery: as I will call you –you just wait and don’t call me back. Knowing Cathy, she doesn’t just wait she investigates. One no ordinary woman comes to Cathy and asks her to find her lost dog which is established later as the very strange case.
There is an unsolved murder and of course Cathy doesn’t stay still she investigates.
It’s quite adventure reading about my favorite character Cathy. Cathy is hilarious, brave and persistent even stubborn person and you will like her because she will make you laugh, cry and make you believe in better life, in goodness in people and general in the magic of life.
Cathy is a wife, a mother, best friend, good neighbor, a savior, a person with good will. She was a housewife; then she run advertising agency with her best friend Rosa and now in this third book of this series, she is co-owner of a company with an ex-cleaner pimple.
If I continue to tell you about Cathy and her adventure I will repeat myself, and I will be boring so that you could read my previous reviews: Looking for La La, Can You Catch a Creeper and A Million Dollars Question, ​and you will have the a whole picture about Cathy and her life.
I’m telling you that I enjoy in this book as I enjoy in previous books of this series, but this one is my favorite of all four books.
I recommend this book to everyone who likes mystery, female main character, who is strong, funny and likable.
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Review by Arlena of Night Owl Reviews -[...]

Author Ellie Campbell gives the reader a story dealing with Cathy O' Farrell and Pimple as they are the owners of the ‘Crouch End Confidential Agency’. It was at one time called ‘Helping People Who Would Otherwise Commit Suicide’. As the story opens what do we find? Cathy dangling from a tree trying to get 'Fliffy' a cat down. I will say I laughed at that one. We soon find what Cathy and Pimple will be presented with. There are multiple problems including stolen bikes, a possible murder weapon, the sabotage of her friends’ new shop, drug-dealing yobbos targeting her children’s primary school and being forced to pose as the world’s most inept math tutor. Worse, best friend Rosa hires her to investigate fiancé Alec and – horrors – Cathy’s husband Declan is intent on moving himself, Cathy and kids to the safer climes of rural Norfolk. Suddenly Cathy is endangering her marriage, friendships, and her life to untangle these messes.

Along with all of this, I will say that the story has some very interesting characters. All of them are well developed, defined and believable. These characters help to keep the reader’s attention because there is so much going on.

The agency has several customers with no money to pay their bills and one whose case starts out very strangely...supposedly having lost her dog called Dukey. However, when the truth comes out...we are left wondering what in the world that was all about! At least, it seems that there would be some pay for working on this case.

As this story unfolds the reader will see how the author presents a well-written story to the reader that is rather a good one. I will say I liked Cathy's friendships with her friends...Henrietta, Isobel, Rosa, Janet, and Shilpa.
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Meddling With Murder by Ellie Campbell

Cathy O'Farrell has her own business "Couch End Confidential". She is struggling to make her business a success, seems she gets nothing but simple jobs, such as elderly ladies looking for someone to find their lost dogs. Then she does get a strange and exciting case, regarding a missing dog. Also her best friend Rosa hires her to investigate her fiance, Alec.

Things are about to heat up for Cathy. Between her domestic life and every day problems, her husband Declan wants to move which is not what Cathy wants to do. Will she be able to solve these mysteries?

The plot is original and moves at a quick pace, with mystery, drama and laughter. Cathy and her friends are very likable. When she starts investigating what seems to be boring and mundane cases, things turn into much more but Cathy is still determined to solve everything. Her marriage is put to test on top of everything. Overall I found Meddling With Murder very enjoyable and highly recommend to all.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review
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Cathy O'Farrell has started her own detective agency with her friend and ex-cleaner Pimple, titled Crouch End Confidential, but business isn't quite booming. The only clients they seem to attract are people who have either lost their pets or their bikes; not the exciting cases Cathy had been hoping for. However, all of a sudden strange things start to happen, including the appearance of drug dealers at the local primary school and the discovery of an actual gun in the closet of one of her new clients. While Cathy has a lot of things to look into, her husband Declan on a whim decides it might be a good idea to move the whole family to the countryside and her best friend Rosa needs Cathy to spy on her boyfriend whom she doesn't trust anymore. Crouch End Confidential is definitely in business, but will Cathy be able to tackle both the detective work and everything going on in her personal life at the same time?

Ellie Campbell's 'Crouch End Confidential' series is a thoroughly entertaining book series, and definitely one that keeps getting better with each part, in my opinion. 'Meddling with Murder' is the third instalment and I highly recommend reading the other parts of the series first, just so you know what's been going on with these characters from the start. Main character Cathy has set up her own detective agency which leads to quite a few surprising and interesting events. I really enjoyed the several well-drawn plotlines in this book; there was something going on at all times, from Cathy's detective cases to things in her personal life, which made me want to read on and not put the book down.

While the plot was linked together in a great and surprising way, with the story being unpredictable and fast-paced, I did feel there were just a few too many characters in the book.
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