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What to Do About Emma: A New Zealand Mystery Paperback – January 21, 2014
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I was born on the Isle of Wight in England, and after I married moved to New Zealand in 1960 where my only son was born. We moved to the U.S. in 1965 to pursue careers in the software industry. Starting out as a technical writer a eventually became Vice President of Tandem Computers. We retired to New Zealand and spent a marvelous 14 years living in a beach community in the Far North. I loved the beach and the sub tropical climate. On 40-acre beach side property, we created a Kiwi sanctuary and had fun with our bull mastiffs. A golfer in California, I turned my attention to fishing and became totally addicted to spending the day fishing in our boat. I finally had time to write, and starting out with a non fiction book Stress for Success. I then wrote two mysteries set in New Zealand: Suddenly Silence and Deadly Deception. A memoir I published in 2012 describes my adventures as a child in WWII when I was on a ship torpedoed in mid-Atlantic. Believe it or not, we kids thought it was fun and wanted to do it again.
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Mousy Emma and her big shot husband live near Nicole, who has a PI certificate earned during a visit to Seattle, where she met Jerry. Nicole is determined to find out what happened to Emma when Adrian returns from a trip without her and agrees to let Jerry help her out.
The pace of the narrative and descriptions of the setting consistently enrich the plot. Not only has Ms. Birkwood enticed the reader to follow the intricacies of the characters' thoughts and actions. She has also captured the easygoing feeling of the village neighborhood where they live in Dorset with its neighborly teas and its walking trails as well as the beauties of the ocean, beaches and open-hearted residents on both New Zealand islands. The country should sign her up to entice visitors to enjoy the same perks!
My journey with the well-rounded, believable characters was exciting. But most of all I was intrigued with the plot and thought I had the case figured out. The author cleverly misled me several times.