Synopses & Reviews
Adopted at birth, Hanna Conti attempts to trace her family. She turns up a mother who, 20 years earlier, was convicted of murder. Convinced that her mother is innocent, Hannah hires PI Grace Smith to prove it. Grace uncovers the story of the very messy murder of Janet Hepburn, a teacher at St. Martins Comprehensive, but there are a lot of people whod rather she stopped digging. On Graces side (or possibly not) is an ex-cop with a shady past and Betterman177, a mysterious emailer who sends tantalizing clues about what was happening at St. Martins two decades ago. To add to these complications, Grace has been conned into bird-sitting a psychotic parrot, and Terry Rosco, the most chauvinistic cop in Seatoun, is trying to move into Graces spare room. And, oh yessomeone keeps trying to kill her.
“A neurotic parrot and a homeless ex-colleague distract Grace Smith from her latest case: the murder of a teacher by her favorite student…Just when you think youve solved it, Evans throws another twist into this clever puzzle.” —Kirkus Reviews
“British PI Grace Smith is parrot-sitting Talulah, an alcoholic bird who learned to talk by watching old movies and porn. Meanwhile, the biggest chauvinist in the Seatoun police force is trying to move into Graces spare room. Complicating matters further is Hanna Conti, who wants Grace to prove the innocence of her birth mother, convicted 20 years ago for a brutal murder. And, finally, somebody wants Grace to stop her investigations—or else. Evans is billed as Englands answer to Janet Evanovich, but this sells her short. Her heroine is not as slapsticky as Stephanie Plum…Sure to please an American audience.” —Library Journal
Adopted at birth, Hannah Conti is determined to trace her family - but didn't bargain for a mother convicted of murder. Hannah is convinced that her mother is innocent, and hires Grace Smith to prove it. Glad to get out of the office (the boiler's broken and it's freezing!) Grace soon uncovers the story of the very messy murder of teacher Trudy Hepburn. As she investigates, she is obstructed by an awful lot of people who would rather she stopped digging. As if this wasn't enough, Grace has been conned into bird-sitting a psychotic parrot, a chauvinistic cop keeps trying to move in to Grace's house - and someone's trying to kill her ...