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Published by Allison &
Busby, 19 October 2017. ISBN 978-0-7490-2085-9
Judith Cutler always tells a good story. I have
enjoyed many of her previous books about interesting women and hope this series
also continues - this is the second adventure for headmistress, Jane Cowan in
rural Kent. She has taken on a new responsibility. Her success at
Wrayford Primary has led to her also taking control of a school in neighbouring
Wray Episcopi. At the beginning of the book she has become uninvolved
with a local cricket team, been run off the road when cycling and caught a flu
bug which has rendered her silent! It is the school holidays,
fortunately, but Jane didn’t plan to spend her time ill.
is an engaging character, a strong woman who faces many challenges. She
has bought a new house but finds that no local builder is willing to renovate
it. Has she offended somebody?
work, when term begins, is arduous, with a powerful landowner trying to
interfere at the school. Jane finds some of the new intake of
pupils have serious issues with which she must contend. The challenges,
as they do, all get mixed up so that one issue rises up again with the last one
unresolved. The small village atmosphere is really well shown with its
advantages and disadvantages. The modern policing problems affecting
southern coastal areas are present here with Jane trying to deal
compassionately with damaged children. She fights her war through
difficulties that would lay others low.
enjoyed the adventures of Jane and the way resolutions were achieved.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
has produced a number of contemporary series concerning protagonists such as
lecturer Sophie Rivers, police figures Kate Power and Fran Harman, landlady
Josie Wilby and antiques expert Lina Townsend. The first book in this
series is Head Start.
Judith Cutlerwas born in the Black Country, just
outside Birmingham, later moving to the Birmingham suburb of Harborne. Judith
started writing while she was at the then Oldbury Grammar School, winning the
Critical Quarterly Short Story prize with the second story she wrote. She
subsequently read English at university. It was an attack of chickenpox caught
from her son that kick-started her writing career. One way of dealing with the
itch was to hold a pencil in one hand, a block of paper in the other - and so
she wrote her first novel. This eventually appeared in a much revised version
as Coming Alive, published by Severn House. Judith has seven series. The
first two featured amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers (10 books) and Detective
Sergeant Kate Power (6 Books). Then came Josie Wells, a middle-aged woman with
a quick tongue, and a love of good food, there are two books, The Food Detective and The Chinese Takeout. The Lina Townsend
books are set in the world of antiques and there are five books in this series.
There are two books featuring Tobias Campion set in the Regency period, and her
series featuring Chief Superintendent Fran Harman (6 books), and Jodie Welsh,
Rector’s wife and amateur sleuth. Her most recent series features a head
teacher. The first book is Head Start.
Judith has also written two standalone’s Scar TissueandStaging Death.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.