Book: Imitating Art by Sarah Parrycategories: Book, Crime Caper, Quirky Romance, Crime, Mystery, Mystery Romance
Sarah Parryabout this book: Nell Flanagan thought her world had ended when her husband Patrick walked on her for a younger model. Instead of wallowing in despair she wrote a book about a philandering husband, whose wife wreaks revenge by killing him and doing all sorts of weird and wonderful things with his body parts. To Nell's joy the book becomes an international best seller and she an overnight sensation of the publishing world, which infuriates Patrick, as he believes he should be entitled to half of the royalties because the novel is based on their marriage.
Things really start to become strange when Patrick goes missing in similar circumstances to the husband in Nell's book, and life begins to imitate art. And then Patrick and Nell's twelve year old daughter Laurel, gets kidnapped and Nell finds herself on a road trip with handsome Detective Sergeant Rob Parsons, whom she hated on sight when he came to question her about Patrick's disappearance, and proceeded to try and flirt with her instead!
With quick witted banter, several red herrings, a kooky romance and a new crime solving couple to rival Maddie Hayes and David Addison, Imitating Art is a rollicking good read that will leave you with a full heart, a tear in the eye and wanting more.
Imitating Art is my homage to all those wonderful quirky crime busting duos that have graced our screens down the years from Nick and Norah Charles, right up to the best bromance of all time Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson. I really liked the idea of a woman wronged, who got the best revenge of all by writing a best selling book based on someone doing unmentionable things to their errant husband and getting away with it. Of course in Nell Flanagan's case it was merely an exercise in wishful thinking that turned her nightmare into a dream come true, especially when Patrick becomes so angry about it. And then I had to come up with a cute, slightly flawed romantic interest in Rob Parsons, who is incredibly handsome and struck with cupid's arrow the first time he encounters Nell, which repulses her as she immediately assumes he is the same kind of cheating low life as Patrick. I also like the added dimension of Laurel, Nell and Patrick's daughter - an old soul if ever there was one. Having had my parents break up at around about the same age, I remember full well my own heartache at seeing my mother so upset and having to grow up far quicker then my peers in order to be her shoulder to cry on. Laurel may only be twelve, but she is far more mature than any of the adults around her, which was lovely to write!
• "An excellent romance story that will make the reader fall head over heels with the book and the mystery will keep the reader on their toes wondering how the story will end." — Amazon review
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