Mavis Forthright carefully rehearses her jump from Portsmouth’s Round Tower. She’s existed for over five decades. Lived hardly at all. Will end her misery with a few second’s fall into the cold sea. Except she’s not quite ready to die. A half day’s delay to try a bacon sandwich from the cafe won’t matter. Mother’s no longer there to disapprove.
She delays another day to lend Janice a book. Then a week to use her new paints. A month. Until the end of term. Mavis makes new plans; to create paintings full of emotion, to live, perhaps even make friends.
As if to balance her survival a number of people connected to Mavis die. At first that doesn’t matter. They’re people she dislikes. Mavis continues painting, tending her garden, feeding the birds and keeping her home properly clean, without additional concern. Then people who’ve been kind to Mavis are killed or injured. That shouldn’t happen.
Why are people dying? Is it because of charming Norman who’s back from her past, or is that strange boy Jake her mistaken guardian angel? Perhaps Mavis herself is to blame. She must learn the truth, stop the deaths and protect those she’s learned to care about before she can enjoy the new life she’s making for herself.
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Review Extracts –
Intriguing story that keeps you guessing until the end.Rhonda Goodreads 5 stars
It’s a real page-turner and Mavis is a gem!Linda Goodreads 5 stars
You have to read to enjoy the journey of Mavis, and keep the pages turning to see what happens, and how this psychological mystery turns out.SJ Jones Amazon.co.uk 5 stars
It’s such a clever story with so much emotion. A great read.Ruthie Amazon.co.uk 5 stars
anything but dull!cladonald Amazon.co.uk 5 stars
You’ll enjoy getting to know Mavis ForthrightSamuel Robinson Amazon.com 5 stars
Death with manners! … a page-turner in the very gentlest of ways, almost reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith’s writing style.Anna Harris Amazon.com 5 stars