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'Cinderella is in the bluebell woods at Poacher's Dell' The anonymous note means nothing to ancestor detective Natasha Blake. Then one of her clients, an enigmatic old man who had commissioned a family tree of his granddaughter's boyfriend, is shot dead at his isolated farm in the Cotswolds, just as shocking facts about the past are brought to light. Is there a link? Despite Natasha's reluctance to delve deeper, she knows that family histories hide many secrets, and that sometimes they can kill. Seemingly unconnected yet haunting stories begin to emerge from ancient paper trails, like slowly developing photographs: two young soldiers - one German, one British - playing football in no man's land on Christmas Day 1914; a young couple's future ruined by an old man's obsession; Second World War land girls, inseparable friends until a fatal mistake tore them apart; and the eerie echo of a child in an English country house. It is these individual lives that become the clues in Natasha's investigation, ghostly fingerprints that must solve a cold-blooded, blue-blooded crime, hidden for generations in the bluebell woods at Poacher's Dell.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 439.99g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752841130
  • 9780752841137

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'To say this is a fascinating book is an understatement. I really loved it. A real puzzle... Brilliantly crafted, this is a realy mystery. I wanted to know the end but I didn't want the book to finish. Definitely on my top ten reads of 2004.' -- Lizzie Hayes MYSTERY WOMAN 'Fiona Mountain has hit on an ingenious twist in crime fiction... The writing is pacy and the world of genealogy is well portrayed... I hope Fiona will entertain me with more of Natasha's adventures.' HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 'This is a novel rich in atmosphere, an unusual crime story with plenty for the reader to guess at and be involved in.' LEICESTER MERCURY
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About Fiona Mountain

Fiona Mountain is in her thirties. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to London where she worked at the BBC for nine years as a press officer, primarily for Radio One. She now lives in the Oxfordshire countryside and runs a PR agency. She is married to composer Tim Mountain and has three young sons.
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171 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 16% (28)
4 40% (68)
3 35% (59)
2 8% (13)
1 2% (3)
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