A film crew has arrived in Bath to make a new film about the city's 18th century heroine, Jane Austen. To the satisfaction of hotel owner and police liaison officer Honey Driver, some of the visitors are staying at the Green River Hotel, bringing some welcome low-season business. Plus, there's the thrilling possibility that Honey and her daughter Lindsay might be cast as extras....
But then the film's star, the impossibly demanding Martyna Manderley, is found dead, and Honey finds she's landed her own starring role - as prime suspect. DI Steve Doherty, Honey's new and as yet tantalisingly unexplored love interest, races to the rescue, and the pair embark on a mission to uncover the truth.
©2009 Jean Goodhind; (P)2009 Soundings
This mystery never quite got off the ground, with unconvincing characters, improbable plot points, weak dialogue, and too much innuendo and not enough sex (I know that sounds bizarre, but the detective couple in question made banal sexual allusions almost every time they spoke, romantic competition was introduced but never developed, and actual physical contact between the couple was minimal). It was like listening to my aged granny talking dirty. Either leave the sex out or make it grind, but stop with the annoying, interminable banter.
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