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April 16, 2016



What’s an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning’s pile of manuscript submissions first? Or the swine from sales who steals all the chocolate digestives? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose business partner has just been found dead in their art gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand?

It’s another day at Timmins & Ross publishing house, but when sharp-tongued editor Samantha Clair’s CID boyfriend is brought in to investigate Frank Compton’s death, her loyalties become stretched. And when one of Aidan Merriam’s artists is found dead in identical circumstances, Sam takes on the art world and the CID, armed with nothing more than her reliable weapons: satire, cynicism and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels.


I found A Bed of Scorpions very easy to read and quite light reading as a crime book. A lot of readers don’t like heavy crime books finding them too hard to digest for the stomach. I love reading heavy crime/thrillers, so for me this story was more gentle crime book than I normally read. Judith Flanders is a new author for me. A lot of readers will like reading this story about Book Fairs, and the publishing world and the art world. Frank Compton is found dead with a gun in hand. Samantha Clair’ CID boyfriend is brought in to investigate Frank Compton’s death. This is a witty crime caper. A delight to read.
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