Joan has tried to live straight, but entanglement with a violent crime, followed by the swift and unpleasant eviction by her lover, leave her with few choices. Stung by this cavalier treatment, and anxious the police will blame her for the incident, Joan formulates a plan. She may be basically honest, but her years of being raised by a skilled poacher have taught her plenty of tricks. A key to her lover's unused country cottage, plus the devoted friendship of a stray mistreated spaniel are all she needs to get away and lie low. For a while, it looks like life may even be better than in the city - certainly the arrival of Ken, a handsome gamekeeper who admires her countryside expertise almost as much as her beauty, is a welcome surprise. But Ken's wife went missing a year ago, and there is talk in the community. Did she run off with a lover, or was she killed? And if so, killed by whom?
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(222mm x 141mm x 22mm)
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Fleeing an Edinburgh robbery/murder lands a resourceful Scottish lass in a dangerous situation that's not without its charms.Joan Lightfoot, who's been living with and working for Tasker O'Neill, an older man of some wealth but little compassion, dares not stick around when she's used as a pawn in a robbery. She's been in trouble with the law before. The knowledge she gained as a poacher's daughter makes her uniquely capable of escaping. Hot-wiring a motorbike, she sets off for Tasker's seldom-used country cottage, where she takes in a mistreated spaniel. In order to pay for dog food, she breaks into houses and steals. A chance meeting with a handsome gamekeeper turns out to be mutually beneficial. University graduate Ken Whetstone quit his research to work as an assistant gamekeeper for an MP, a job that left him with no practical training, little money and no marriage when his promiscuous wife vanished a year ago. Joan pitches in to help Ken. When the body of his wife turns up, Joan and Ken must discover the real murderer before he is arrested.Veteran Hammond (Cold in the Heads, 2006, etc.) explains all you may ever want to know about bird-hunting. An attractive setting and a flawed but likable heroine make up for the transparent mystery. (Kirkus Reviews)
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