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July 12, 2013


Lacey Carmichael leads a solitary life. To her neighbours she is the mad old woman who lives at the end of the lane, crazy but harmless.

Until she is arrested on suspicion of murder.

When Rachel Moore arrives in the village, escaping her own demons, the two women  form an unlikely bond. Unravelling in each other tales of loss and heartache, they become friends.

Rachel sees beyond the rumours, believing in her innocence. But as details of Lacey’s life are revealed, Rachel is left questioning where the truth really lies. 

My review

 Lacey Carmichael an old woman lives at End cottage in Apple Tree Lane, Winscombe.

  Since Albert’s wife died the loneliness bonded Lacey Carmichael and Albert together. Lacey met Albert twice a month in his house, where they would eat and  play cards and gin and rummy together. On Lacey’s way to Albert’s house just next door in Dove cottage, there she discovered Albert laying dead in a pool of blood in his hallway.  In a panic Lacey ran home to her cottage next door just leaving Albert there in his own pillow of blood. Lacey is arrested on suspicion of murdering Albert. People in the village thought that Lacey was a mad, crazy old woman or a witch.

Rachel Moore wants to move away from Birmingham as she felt there was nothing more for her where she was living in the city. Rachel wanted a house in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Rachel’s letting agent sent her a map with a circle around a detached cottage on the edge of  a small village surrounded by a large garden.  Dove cottage Apple Tree Lane, Winscombe. sounded the perfect place.

Lacey and Rachel become very good friends. Sharing their tales of loss and heartache. Rachel discovers details of Lacey’s life, but she is left questioning where the truth really lies.                                                                    


Joanne Graham was born in Wolverhampton in 1970, she is the youngest of five children. Lacey’s House is inspired by her maternal grandmother who was lobotomised in the 1960’s  as a result of depressions she suffered. Joanne lives near Exeter, Devon.

Visit Joanne at

Paperback pages 267

published 1st May 2013

published by legend




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