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Over my dead body
Lorrimer, Claire.
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Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, [2003]

Physical Description:
196 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm
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A delightfully tranquil village seems a lovely place to live, but beware of seething resentments and violent passions waiting to erupt with dire consequences A typical English country lane: ten households forming a peaceful, if mundane community; it seemed the perfect environment for newlyweds lan and Migs Peters in which to raise their newborn son. A small dispute over the resurfacing and widening of their lane surely cannot cause too much discomfort in such an idyllic setting? But there are tensions and personal ambitions brewing beneath the surface, and history also has its place in such a firmly established community. Change comes at a price, particularly for certain members of the desirable Millers Lane ...

Author Notes

Patricia Robins was born on February 1, 1921. After being educated in Switzerland and Germany, she became a journalist. Her first job was as a junior editor with Women's Illustrated magazine. During World War II, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Because of her language skills, she was given the job of tracking incoming enemy aircraft using the new British radar system in the filter room. She used bad weather breaks to write stories for women's magazines to earn money for gasoline so that she and her girlfriends could attend NAAFI dances.

She became a romance novelist who wrote 160 novels during her lifetime including Mavreen, Tamarisk, Ortolans, Deception, The Faithful Heart, and You Never Know. She also wrote under the pen names Claire Lorrimer and Susan Patrick. She received an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She died from complications following a fall earlier in the year on December 4, 2016 at the age of 95.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ian and Megan have moved to the lush countryside with their young son to escape the noise, pollution, and high crime of London. Their rose-covered cottage is on Miller's Lane, a dead-end road that is prone to flooding and full of potholes but blissfully quiet. Megan and Ian figure they've found their own little piece of heaven--until wealthy Keith Aymes proposes widening and improving the road. Then one of the neighbors, Caroline Coleman, is found dead, the apparent victim of eating poisonous mushrooms. The little community is shocked by her death, but when two more deaths follow in rapid succession, it's clear there's a killer on the loose--but are the murders connected to the proposed road improvements? The story and the motive are both shocking and tragic, but in the end, the circumstances draw the residents of Miller's Lane into an even more tightly knit community. A traditional British cozy with modern characters, an inventive plot, and plenty of reader appeal. --Emily Melton Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

A normally placid English community of some ten households on a dead-end lane experiences several frightening murders after residents decide to vote on improving their road. The "Road Meeting" threatens to destroy the neighborhood's unity, but no one immediately makes a connection to suspicious accidents that have terminated two crucial affirmative votes. Suspects include a financially strapped farmer, an eighty-ish spinster in charge of her dotty sister, a newly married couple with a gurgling baby, an attractive mystery writer, and the new wealthy owners of an old manor house. Nicely done psychological suspense, firmly in the cozy tradition. Lorrimer is also the author of some 60 romances. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.