72. Telling Lies to Alice by Laura Wilson (2004)
(Originally Published as: Hello Bunny Alice) (2003)
Length: 305 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Started: 13 November 2015
Finished: 15 November 2015
Where did it come from? From Paperback Swap
How long has it been on my TBR pile Since 12 November 2015
Why do I have it? I like historical mysteries and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
In 1967, nightclub waitress Alice Conway met Lenny Maxted – one half of England’s legendary comedic duo, ‘Maxted and Flowers‘ – and fell deeply in love with him. Yet, like so many great comedians before him, Lenny had a troubled side – a dark side which even Alice, soon his fiancée, could never reach. So it comes as a devastating blow to the entertainment community when it learns that Lenny Maxted committed suicide on an earl’s estate. However, no one could possibly be more shattered by Lenny’s inexplicable death than Alice herself, who found his body.
Now it’s seven years later, and Alice is living quietly on an isolated farm in Oxfordshire, still trying to forget the pain of her past. Traumatized by having been the focus of so many newspaper tabloid-style headlines, and continuously haunted by her vivid nightmares of Lenny’s death – Alice’s serenity has practically been demolished. When an anonymous newspaper clipping arrives in the mail, everything immediately comes rushing back. Despite spending years in self-imposed isolation, and the beauty of her chosen safe haven, Alice knows that she can’t ignore the past for very much longer…
And when an unexpected visitor shows up on her doorstep, and another venomous newspaper article arrives, Alice is certain: The nightmare is somehow beginning all over again. What happens next will take Alice on a terrifying journey into darkness…because someone is telling lies to Alice about what happened one night seven years ago. Someone who knows the full truth about what really happened that terrible night – a monstrous secret that has been kept for seven years; a dark secret that ultimately links a time, a place, and a group of friends and lovers. A secret that will put Alice in mortal danger.
This is actually the third book by Ms. Wilson that I’ve read, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one as much as I did the other two. In my opinion, this was a very intriguing mystery. The plot was just intricate enough to hold my attention, but not overly complicated. I appreciated that I had absolutely no problem following this story. I give this book an A!
A! – (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight