False Charity

False Charity

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The start of a new mystery series from the creator of Ellie Quicke - Newly widowed Bea Abbott must decide what to do with her deceased husband's business, an exclusive organization handling domestic crises. Though Bea is tempted to sell up, she soon begins investigating an accounting irregularity within a catering firm.What Bea doesn't know but will soon discover is that someone is way out of control, and finding it all too easy to kill...


Publisher: Sutton : Severn House, 2007
ISBN: 9780727865274
0727865277
Branch Call Number: M HELEY
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 23 cm

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ApollosRaven
Jul 03, 2017

The first in a long-running British cozy mystery series, the 11th (False Fire) just published in April of 2017. Newly widowed Bea Abbot returns to London after her husband's death during a world tour to find herself pressured to make some quick decisions - one of which is whether or not to finish the "winding-down" of the domestic agency she and her husband ran for many years begun by her (somewhat bossy) son. When an old friend reveals that her catering business was been scammed by a fake charity and that Abbot Agency gave that charity a green light Bea cannot bring herself to abandon her. Seeming to naturally gather a group of quirky but talented characters around her, Bea manages to regain her confidence and solve the mystery. Picture Helen Mirren as Bea.

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Roundcat
Jan 29, 2017

This second mystery-suspense series by Veronica Heley has a few overtones of Christian fiction and, as in the Ellie Quicke series, features a newly widowed woman, Bea Abbott, who is trying to find her way in her new status. Her husband ran the Abbot Agency, although she was involved at its beginning. She has returned from a last trip during which her husband died and was buried in New Zealand. She is jet lagged, grieving, and in no mood for a welcome home party or any of the other chaos which greets her. Another of the author's devices, which is familiar from her previous series, is a thread of the bad guys running in parallel with the heroine's efforts to thwart them. There are quite a few characters who, it is assumed, will be going on in the series. Since they all have their strong points, weaknesses and possibilities, the series promises to be highly entertaining. How does one get the upper hand with a polished set of fraud artists without involving the police? Bea has a talent for bringing out the best in others and convincing them to help in the solution. This should provide many interesting plots, as it does in this book.

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