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Ever wondered why your love life is in tatters? Could it be some unseen meddling force? Could it be the ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue? The house on Curmudgeon Avenue should be happy now, the nincompoop residents have all met their sorry ends. But they haven't quite left... now that a new family move in can the house find peace? Or are the ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue going to interfere with the goings-on, romance and dramas that new residents bring? Book four in the series - can be read as standalone.
A Note From the Publisher
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England; where she has lived her entire life. Her books include the contemporary comedy-drama series set in Whitefield, Curmudgeon Avenue. The historical fiction '1962' (An Uplifting Tale of 1960s Lancashire), the short story collection 'Quirky Tales to Make Your Day' and the novella 'Piccalilly'. She has two cats, one dog, one gorgeous grown-up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal (particularly the grunge years of the early ’90s). Samantha would be thrilled to bits if someone read - or listened to her books. Samantha had a twenty-year nursing career in the NHS, working both in hospital and community settings in Salford. After a diagnosis of MS in 2005, she eventually accepted early retirement in 2014. Looking for a career where she can work for herself within a paced routine, Samantha remembered her love of reading and drew on her observation skills and imagination to start writing. Samantha often feels as though she is living in a sit-com and this is reflected in her style. Samantha looks after her condition by attending physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, sleeping whenever and wherever possible, wearing sunglasses indoors, avoiding emotional vampires and enjoying life as much as she physically can.
5.0 out of 5 starsBook 4 of this funny & quirky saga. Against The Flow Press blog. 24 October 2019 This is Book 4 in the Curmudgeon Avenue series, and the story is told by the house itself, in its familiar and gossipy manner, which I find amusing and highly entertaining. The writing is quirky, frenetic, warm, engaging, funny and endearing. It was like coming home to old friends, the moment I started this book. We have new people at Number One, including a self-obsessed, self-published author, and an aspiring-although-talentless artist. The previous occupants of Number One, the now deceased Edith, Edna and Harold are trapped in ghost-form inside Number One. They are not the only ghosts there, and find themselves haunted by more experienced ghosts! The wonderful Toonan and Wantha are regular visitors to Number One as they take the unlucky-in-love Krystina under their wing, to find her a new man. The fey Patchouli has a chat with ghost Edith while using the toilet in the upstairs bathroom, and her daughter Toonan discovers she also has 'the sight'. All those barmy characters that I have come to know and love from Ms. Henthorn's previous books, make an appearance in this one, along with some new faces - some of whom I could slap: Callum, Zandra Bennett & Jordan Slippery Fox; while others will fit in just nicely: Stuart Hardcastle (he's using his middle name) & The ghost of Beverley, Big George’s great grandmother. I'm still a big fan of The Whitefield Massive, Patchouli in particular, who, although she has gone up in the world, is not beyond a little shoplifting. And still not a fan of the conniving Gemma Hampsons; I was delighted to see her found out - that was after I stopped laughing at the name she has bestowed on her poor baby. Harry the B* takes a bigger role in this book, and I think I've rather warmed to him now. He is engaged by Zandra to do some work at Number One, and winds up living at 'the most popular shop in Whitefield'. However, the owner of the shop, and street gossip, Mrs Ali, seems to have given up her nosy ways in this book. In fact, I felt she took a back seat in this story. Not like Mrs Ali at all! I feel that The Ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue could be read as a standalone but would recommend readers read the other books in The Curmudgeon Avenue series before settling down to enjoy this one, to really appreciate the whole story. Paul Falk, Author/Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars A lighter look at the afterlife October 31, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition In this fourth of a series, the author created a unique storyline that turned out to be a first of firsts, for me, anyway. Without malice, not only did she bump off her three main protagonists in the third of the series, but she brought them all back to carry on as ghosts in the 4th! Only the outlandish wit of Samantha Henthorn could pull off an escapade such as that. Brilliant. It did offer something to say about the afterlife: some folks just can't stay dead!? The scenes moved along at a brisk pace. There'd be no putting this book down. For an all-encompassing experience, a recommendation is proposed. Kick things off with book number one. Best place to start. From there, the depth of the characters and their nuances would all begin to fall into place. Warning... You may find yourself hooked as you get to know their inner workings. The narrative brought me to understand that the first thing about being a ghost is realizing that you are one. Who would have guessed? Quite a revelation, to say the least. Not only that, but being invisible also takes some serious getting used to. Upon coming up for a breath of air, an unexpected twist rocked my boat. Complete with a zany cast of lovable/hateable characters, the scenes were well-laid out making for an easy read. This book comes recommended to any reader out there looking for a paranormal adventure the likes of which has never been offered before.
Blog tour arranged with Random Things Through My Letterbox Tours January 20th. Book signing at Bury Central Library February 20th. AMS adverts. Facebook adverts. Listed in #DecTheShelvesChallenge on Twitter. Previous books in series chapters posted in weekly serial on author's blog.