Sick as a Parrot

Sick as a Parrot

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Adopted at birth, Hannah Conti's attempts to trace her family turned up a mother convicted of murder twenty years ago. Convinced that her mother is innocent, Hannah hires Grace to prove it. Glad of any chance to get out of the office (the boiler's broken and the plumber can't come until next July) Grace uncovers the story of the very messy murder of Trudy Hepburn - a teacher at St. Martin's Comprehensive. Along the way she's obstructed by a lot of people who'd rather she stopped digging - including an ambitious policeman and his pushy wife, the 'handyman', the ex-leader of the school alpha males, and Hannah's grandparents. On Grace's side (or possibly not) is an ex-copper with a shady past (and even shadier present) and Betterman, a mysterious emailer who keeps sending tantalising clues regarding what was happening at the school two decades ago. To add to these complications, she's been conned into bird-sitting a psychotic parrot and Terry Rosco, the most chauvinistic cop in Seatoun, is homeless and keeps trying to move into Grace's spare room. And, oh yes - someone keeps trying to kill more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 362.88g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752860232
  • 9780752860237

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'It's good to have her [Grace Smith] back in action in another enjoyable mystery.' - Suzanne Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'I love this book. I love Grace Smith. I haven't laughed as much as this since I read the early Janet Evanovich books... Highly, highly recommended. Put this on your 'Must buy' list.' - Lizzie Hayes MYSTERY WOMEN 'The eccentric plot moves at a brisk pace as she blunders to a solution, delivering witty one-liners all the way. Sheer entertainment.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'It's a really good read and I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading another of her books.' COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH 'This is one of those books, where if I tried to list all the highlights, I'd take up my entire column... This is a series I find myself enjoying more and more. Luckily, I have not read her first 3 books, so I have that joy to look forward to. - Maggie Mason POISONED PEN 'A very jolly romp... The well-crafted plot and intriguing mystery are bonuses in this highly entertaining book.' TANGLED WEB 'A book as comforting as a favourite pait of wooley socks or a half-pound of chocolate and somehting of a rarity these days, a female private eye story that doesn't take itself too seriously.' - Mike Ripley BIRMINGHAM POSTshow more

About Liz Evans

Liz Evans is in her early forties. She has worked in all sorts of companies from plastic moulding manufacturers to Japanese banks through to film production and BBC Radio. She was born in Highgate, went to school in Barnet and now lives in more

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4 43% (60)
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2 6% (8)
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