Synopses & Reviews
Ellie Quicke finds herself the target of a local cult-like church, but are their motives truly Christian or is there darkness at their heart?
Ellie is desperate to find someone to look after their elderly housekeeper, whose health is failing. But employing a carer found by Ellie's difficult daughter, Diana, proves to be a mixed blessing when Ellie returns from a trip to America to find that carer Claire has implemented a number of bizarre changes to the Quicke household routine.
Claire, is heavily involved in 'the Vision', a local church with a charismatic, powerful pastor, who - seemingly coincidentally - is looking to Ellie for financial help in his current project, housing reformed addicts. But Ellie is suspicious - and more so, when details of Claire's chequered past comes to light. Can Ellie trust Claire and Pastor Ambrose?
Ellie investigates and doesn't like what she finds . . .
"At the start of Heley's intricate 16th Ellie Quicke mystery (after 2014's False Impression), Ellie returns from an extended visit to America to find chaos at her suburban West London home. The house is cold, furniture has been rearranged, and, worst of all, her aging housekeeper, Rose, is much weaker than she was before Ellie left. Claire, the hired woman who was supposed to care for Rose in Ellie's absence, has overstepped her authority and wants Rose and Ellie to support the Vision, a fundamentalist sect run by a charismatic pastor. In the course of a week, Ellie investigates the Vision, sets Rose's situation to rights, and helps the police solve a couple of missing persons cases, putting her own life on the line in the process all while suffering from jet lag. While minor characters aren't fully developed, Ellie remains a formidable heroine, despite her rather slapdash and impulsive habits. Ellie's own strong religious convictions, warm heart, and good intentions carry the day." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Heley offers another solid outing for Ellie, who isn't slowed down a bit by the passage of time" Kirkus Reviews
Ellie is desperate to find someone to look after her elderly housekeeper, Rose. But employing a carer proves to be a mixed blessing, for Claire is heavily involved with a local church with a charismatic pastor, who - seemingly coincidentally - is looking to Ellie's charitable trust for financial help. Can Ellie trust Claire and Pastor Ambrose?