Money Never Sleeps by Stella Whitelaw
|Money Never Sleeps by Stella Whitelaw|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: As usual with Whitelaw there's a superb female heroine and the treat of some stylish writing. I wasn't completely convinced by the ending but it was still a good read.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 224||Date: January 2013|
|Publisher: Robert Hale|
Fancy Jones is a crime writer. Actually, it’s Francine Double-Barrelled name but her brother never got further than being able to pronounce ‘Fancy’ and the name stuck. Her Pink Pen Detective stories are one of the main reasons that she was invited to attend a writers’ conference in Derbyshire. But Fancy has other reasons for going: in London someone is trying to kill her. It was difficult to think otherwise when you only just avoid being pushed in front of a tube train and have a rucksack hurled at you as you get on a bus. The bubble-wrapped piece of concrete hurled through the bedroom window as she slept convinced her - if she still had any lingering doubts. There was just one problem: the attacks continued when she got to Derbyshire and it soon became clear that she wasn’t to be the only victim.
It’s more than three years since I read Midsummer Madness but I remembered clearly that Stella Whitelaw could write and that she had a real talent for creating a compelling female heroine. She was just the thing for that night when sleep was evading me and I needed distraction. I did wonder if I was going to warm to Fancy - the Pink Pen Detective didn’t really sound like a series which would appeal to me - but Fancy is a realist. She knows what is going to appeal to her readers and she delivers on the promise. I took to her and despite occasionally getting rather cross with her when she took risks, I was with her all the way.
I wasn’t entirely convinced by the ending. I didn’t have an OF COURSE moment, but rather a feeling that it might have worked out that way. It didn’t spoil a good read though and I’d like to thank the publishers for sending a copy along to the Bookbag.
If you’ve never encountered Stella Whitelaw before, do try Midsummer Madness.
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