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A sparkling social comedy from the author of Somebody. What happens when you finally get a chance, and your confidence shrinks to the size of a peanut? What happens when your clever, successful family, who have always rejected you, suddenly find themselves under threat? What happens when the roles you play begin to take over your life? Tarra Cameron is surprised to be asked to a family reunion, particularly since it takes place in the strange college owned by her most alienated sister. But understanding dawns when she discovers that all the members of the family have been receiving sinister approaches. It seems that they have confused her real self with her most successful acting role, and cast her as a detective. The family and their hangers on, the college staff and students and the promise of doom create a wonderful cast of characters and likely suspects. And Tarra seems more likely to win a coffin than an Oscar.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007120116
ISBN-10: 0007120117
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 111mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 3-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » When dizzy redhead film-star Tarra(gon) receives an invitation out of the blue to meet up with her estranged mother and sisters Marjoram and Angelica, it seems like a good idea. Not only has her next film been oddly delayed, there is a stalker in a red scarf after her in London, a vaguely threatening card through her door, and a long-buried scandal about to be disinterred. Once she gets to Angelica's health farm, though, she finds they've had threats too and, what is worse, are expecting her to reprise her last film role as a detective and solve this mystery for real. Oh, and as she fought off a bear on a mountain in another film, she can take a walking group to Wales as well. However minimal her qualifications may be for an investigation, there's no shortage of suspects among the students at the positive-thinking school at the spa, including Jenny from the estate with bullies and bank robbers, two bristly identical twins (known collectively as Rosemary) and Henry who likes taking (all) his clothes off. Even her own family could have a motive, not to mention gorgeous Dr Madison, sexy Watson Wilson and Barney her agent, who's always asking her to marry him. Tarra intersperses her investigations with reflections on life, love and the mother from hell as she discards one suspect after another and juggles her unhelpful family and the over-helpful students, until she discovers there is more than one mystery from the past to clear up. Anita Anderson, who won an award for her first novel, Somebody, has written an entertaining story with a sparky heroine, whose next problem will be to choose which man in her life to concentrate on. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson is from Texas and lives in a small town in Wales. This is her second novel.

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Paperback, February 2002