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When Josie Welford settles in the idyllic West Country village of Kings Duncombe, she honestly believes she can bury her past. The widow of one of Britain's most wanted criminals, she knows what it's like to be an outsider and fervently wishes for a fresh start in life. By becoming the licensee of the local pub she becomes a thriving and welcome member of the small community. That is until Inspector Nick Thomas, the man who put her husband in jail, appears on the scene...A simple action soon makes her an outcast once more, ostracised by her erstwhile friendly neighbours. Even her employees are being warned off. Her hopes of a new life in tatters, she hears that the local vet has disappeared and wonders if the events are linked. Bringing a reluctant Nick on to the case, Josie prepares to investigate...
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Prize-winning short-story writer Judith Cutler is the author of two acclaimed series of crime novels set in Birmingham. The Dying series features amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers, while in her police procedural series Inspector Kate Power lives up to her name. One-time Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, Judith has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham University, and has run occasional writing courses elsewhere. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Canterbury with husband and crime-writer Edward Marston.From Publishers Weekly:
An unusual view of English life and an appealing heroine with a checkered past lift British author Cutler's latest culinary mystery, though some U.S. readers might wish they had a glossary for the West Country slang. Outsider Josie Welford, the new owner of the White Hart pub in Kings Duncombe ("an ugly hamlet in the back of beyond"), wants to improve the food and generally upgrade the place, but she fears the White Hart "would continue to be the exclusive preserve of old men with weak bladders and foul teeth." Soon after she changes local suppliers, she must contend with a series of peculiar incidents, including missing portaloos, troubles with staff, break-ins, unwanted deliveries and mixed-up telephone messages. With reluctance, the feisty, determined Josie turns for help to the new Food Standards inspector, former Det. Insp. Nick Thomas, who was responsible for putting her late husband in jail. Together they strive to uncover the mystery that lurks at the heart of the close-knit community. Cutler is also the author of the Sophie Rivers series (Dying Fall, etc.) and the Kate Power series (Power Shift, etc.)
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Book Description Isis Audio Books, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0753134489