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When a local man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, goes missing, his parents have good reason to be concerned. Emily Willows is a friend of the family and says that she knows just the person to find him - and, as Summer Lane soon points out, the fact that this also fits in with Emily's plan to set up her very own detective agency is surely just a fortuitous coincidence.

But it isn't long before the former detective inspector finds herself on a train heading back to London, and back into situations that she thought she had left behind. Some old acquaintances are renewed, and some difficult memories must be confronted as Lane searches for the missing soldier and discovers the shocking truth about what happened to him five years earlier.

©2018 Peter Grainger (P)2018 Tantor

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Female characters you can enjoy

Peter Grainger has managed to be one of the few male authors that I can't wait for new books. No, I'm not some feminist who hates men. I just have been reading male writers for so many years that now that I am older I'm tired of women characters that are secondary, embarrassing or whose only place in the story is as the victims of violent crime. After reading all the the DC Smith books I laid awake thinking about how Mr. Grainger managed to create such great women characters. I actually downloaded the kindle book for Lane before the audible because I just had to have more.

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Here’s the thing...

For someone who does not like to write reviews, I can seem to refrain from comment when I finish a Peter Grainger book.

Here’s the thing: whether it’s the Willows & Lane books or the DC Smith books, from the outset, they might appear as your everyday, albeit very well written, police procedurals.

They are most decidedly not. Or at least not just.

Grainger manages, with such seemingly effortless subtlety, to write parallel books. One is the well written “police procedural”. But woven into those same books are the threads of a much deeper look into the human experience at its most fragile, or melancholy, or achingly beautiful. His craft is so delicate that you don’t even realize what he’s doing until you’ve fallen deeply into these characters and their experiences.

If I have on complaint, it is that his publishers have
Not seen fit to make print cooies of all of his novels available for sale- i’d be giving box sets to several people.

And Henrietta Meire does a mastrful job, regardless of the characters gender, heritage or class. She is perfect.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-08-18

Where is this series going?

ONE-WAY TICKETS is the second novel in the Willows and Lane series; I really liked the first novel in the series and I am a fan of all of the novels in Peter Grainger's DC Smith detective series. In this novel the wealthy mid-50 age banker's widow Emily Willows and and thirtyish former all-star cop Summer Lane take on their first case in their new private detective agency. The novel lost me at some point.

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So glad for another!

I was so happy to get another Emily and Summer book. They're a great duo and I hope there are more and that the next one has more Emily involvement.

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  • 07-17-18

I Like this new series

I enjoyed this second book in the series. Peter Grainger is an excellent writer and the narrator is good . I was worried with the “A Case for Willows and Lane” description these might be going down the Cosy mystery route but not at all in fact the other main Character Willows was hardly in it . The book deals with the aftermath of war on the soldiers who return and crime and its effects on immigrant families in London . I have made it sound a bit grim but it was an excellent listen I look forward to the next installment.

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This is a terrific new series

I love Peter Grainger's writing, and DC Smith. I was very hesitant about a new series where one of the characters would be a Cornish widow of means. As it turns out, Emily Willows is made of stern stuff. Summer Lane is a bit more of a stereotype - damaged but immensely strong woman searching for a new raison d'etre. But somehow it all works. The first two books in this were very satisfying and I look forward to more

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Great character development of Lane

Great story, love Nick, hope he hangs around.
I think the third book will bring it together and it will start humming.

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Disappointment Following Book One

Book two of this series was a big let-down after the terrific first book. The author chose to create this series with two female leads though he mostly drops one of the two women from this second book. I prefer books with female leads as that opens up more emotional and nuanced possibilities, in my experience. My objection to this story in particular is due to my total disinterest in stories about men at war, men back from war, men remembering war.

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Short and unsatisfying.

I'm not holding out hope for this new series. The first installment was okay. This one was tedious and I was happy it was only 23 chapters. Meire was good as usual but couldn't save the book.