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July 14, 2014


From the orange Prize-listed author of the much loved The Midwife’s Daughter

Norah Thornby can no longer afford to live in her grand family home in the centre of Silkhampton. Unless perhaps, she can find a respectable lodger. But family nurse  Lettie Quick is not nearly as respectable as she seems at first glance. What is really going on at the clinic she has opened? And why has she chosen Silkhampton?

Meanwhile the beautiful Rae Grainger has found the perfect place to stay, in an isolated house miles away from town. It’s certainly rather creepy, especially at candlelit bedtime, but Rae knows that all she has to do is stay out of sight, until others – paid, professional others – are ready to take her little problem away. Then she can just forget the whole ghastly business can’t she?

No one guesses, of course, that there’s a killer quietly at work in Silkhampton, that in one way or another all three women are in danger.

A little bit about the story

 The story opens up Nurse Lettie Quick has opened a family planning clinic in Silkhampton, where she sees women for contraception. As a woman I found it uncomfortable reading how Nurse Lettie Quick is going to fit the cervical cap. 


A very original, sparkling novel of crime and intrigue and the many layers of deception that may mask a life.


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