The discovery of a murdered Japanese tourist in a Bath pub appears to be just another complication in Sara Selkirk's life. Her developing relationship with DCI Andrew Poole is under enough strain already, ever since she brought her former teacher Joyce Cruikshank under her roof. Not to mention her dog Pretzel. Sara seems to have found the ...Read MoreThe discovery of a murdered Japanese tourist in a Bath pub appears to be just another complication in Sara Selkirk's life. Her developing relationship with DCI Andrew Poole is under enough strain already, ever since she brought her former teacher Joyce Cruikshank under her roof. Not to mention her dog Pretzel. Sara seems to have found the perfect solution when she finds a job for Joyce at a private health clinic where her distinguished pianist friend James Ballantyne is a reluctant patient. The Sulis Clinic, combining naturopathy, modern medicine, creative therapies and the beautiful surroundings of the historic spa town of Bath, enjoys a remarkable success rate. So why isn't James getting any better? And where is Joyce slipping off to every day? As Sara delves into the mysteries surrounding the clinic, one thing becomes clear: Pretzel the Dachshund isn't the only one in danger.Read Less
I found most of this book predictable, many of the characters' actions irritating (much like when you yell at the dumb person in a movie who is walking straight into a killer's lair without so much as a weapon), and unless you have a musical background, the book was (for me at least) difficult to connect with. While the main character, Sara, is amicable enough, each character around her (a cop with anger issues and an unhealthy relationship with his ex, affecting their children, a drunk ex-teacher that mooches off of her, a gay friend that ping-pongs back and forth between being horribly prissy and having legitimate health complaints just to start) has traits that are more annoying than endearing. Author also makes the plot predictable, however sometimes fails to connect details that she expects the reader to just pick up on and make assumptions (such as Sara, who studied music for many years in her childhood, and the next thing you know she's instantly famous, performing an incredibly difficult piece half way around the world, having it recorded to be released in stores, etc...). It really seems like the author brings some of the details of the book into view only when it suits her current theme, not being mindful of those details throughout the book. Ha! Well...that was verbose! It is difficult to articulate well without just opening the book and showing examples! Hope this helps!
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