Sunday, February 19, 2012

Daisies Never Die by Judy Lawn

Averil has recently had to leave her job because of mental stress, so her Dad thinks it would be a good thing for her to sort out her deceased Aunt's estate.  It will give her something else to do and keep her mind off her troubles.  He didn't know how right he was...

Zumaya Enigma sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  The book has been published, check with your local bookstore for a copy.

This is an intriguing mystery that written in an old-fashioned way that I love.  The style reminded me of Agatha Christie.  The story is set in the same timeline as many of her mysteries as well.

Rose Roundtree is Averil's neighbor and never knew her Aunt Edith well.  She is willing to help Averil with clean up and sorting, though.  The house is "full" of everything that Edith acquired including all her bills and correspondence.  Even all her old clothes are there, never having made it to the Hospice shop for resale.

Imagine Averil's surprise when she finds a letter that begins:  "My darling Edith".  As far as she knew, Edith was never married and never had a man in her life.  So who was Tim?

Averil and Rose begin the hunt, but many of Edith's friends have already passed on and she wasn't one for making friends in the village.  Trying to trace what happened during war days was not easy.  They don't give up though.

The author lays a trail that has many branches and it's only when they've traveled most of them that an answer seems to start coming clear.

This is a whimsical story with love and loss and peace at the end.  I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more of Ms. Lawn's stories.  She writes a good story.

Happy reading.

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