Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc
Hosted by Book and a Beat.
Vera Stanhope’s first appearance was in The Crow Trap, published in 1999 and now available in a new edition; it forms the third episode of the TV series Vera, adapted by Stephen Brady.
At the isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal…
For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide…
When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide – a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.
Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture – the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women’s tangled lives…
I have just started this one so my teaser is from the beginning. The teaser is from page 20 and it’s just normal conversation, nothing real grabby and so far it’s kind of slow but I am just getting started. At 560 pages it might take me a while to finish…lol.
When Edie returned to the kitchen Rachael had found another bottle of wine and was opening it. ‘I wish you wouldn’t let people smoke in here.’
‘I know, dear, but she was desperate. Her husband’s just run off with one of his students.’
‘And you discussed that here. In front of the daughter.’
‘Not directly.’ She grasped for a word: ‘Only eliptically. He used to teach with me in the college. I appointed hi. I feel a certain responsibility.’
‘Of course.’ This was said with an irony which Edie perfectly recognized.
So what do you think?