|Quiet Neighbors : Catriona McPherson|
Inadvertently seem to be turning this into a Catriona McPherson appreciation society, with this week and last week's choice of books, but I assure you it wasn't intentional. By which I mean that Quiet Neighbors is written in such a style as to make it nothing like Dandy Gilver. I didn't know until I searched for the photo that they were written by the same person, which is most definitely the mark of a wonderfully diverse writer, no?
A woman on the run blows the dust off a series of deadly secrets
It’s the oldest bookshop in a town full of bookshops; rambling and disordered, full of treasures if you look hard. Jude found one of the treasures when she visited last summer, the high point of a miserable vacation. Now, in the depths of winter, when she has to run away, Lowell’s chaotic bookshop in that backwater of a town is the safe place she runs to.
Jude needs a bolt-hole; Lowell needs an assistant, and when an affordable rental is thrown in too, life begins to look up. The gravedigger’s cottage isn’t perfect for a woman alone, but at least she has quiet neighbors. Quiet, but not silent. The long dead and the books they left behind both have tales to tell, and the dusty rooms of the bookshop are not the haven they seem to be. Lowell’s past and Jude’s present are a dangerous cocktail of secrets and lies, and someone is coming to light the taper that could destroy everything.
This book kept me distracted through a few sessions on the treadmill at the gym. The mystery surrounding Jude and why she was on the run - and more to the point, what from?
Luckily, she finds the solace she seeks in Lowland Glen; an overcrowded bookshop whose owner gives her not only a job, but a place to stay. Jude unearths all manner of treasures as she works her way through the shop to restore order, including many secrets noted down in the margins of books belonging to the previous resident of her new cottage.
Intrigued by a new arrival, Jude focuses on putting together the pieces of the mystery in Wigtown, which takes her mind off her own secrets, which are bound to catch up with her eventually.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend without fail.