by Graham Hurley
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Pub Date 05 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
Lights Down . . . when debts owed must be paid in blood.
Actress Enora Andressen is facing the perfect storm. Her favourite French director, Remy Despret, has lost his touch and is keeping dangerous company. Her agent, Rosa, has been seduced by a kiss-and-tell novel of doubtful provenance. While H, sicker by the day at home at Flixcombe Manor, is battling both Long Covid and something far darker.
Devoting herself to H, Enora needs good news, and it arrives in the shape of a fascinating Remy idea based on Flixcombe's role during the Second World War. But the tonic soon turns sour when Enora is drawn into the project, with chilling consequences.
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A Ghastly Presence..
The sixth in the Enora Andressen series finds Enora amidst a situation which may bring about deadly consequences. Director Remy is keeping strange company and Rosa is apparently seduced by a dubious novel. With all of that, sickness is also maintaining a ghastly presence at Flixcombe Manor. Will Enora get any reprieve? Possibly so, but it may turn to an unexpected sourness sooner than she thinks. With a complex plot, a solid and intriguing mystery at heart and a cast of beautifully crafted characters this is an immersive addition to this series.
the sixth title in the Enora Andresson series, did not disappoint. Graham Hurley has created a fantastic character, which rivals his other creations such as Faraday and Winter. I couldn't put it down, such a plot that kept me hanging on. I would recommend this highly.
French actress Enora Andressen is meeting one of her favourite film directors Remy Despret on his yacht berthed at St. Katherine's dock in London. He has a tv series he wants her to star in. Enora doesn't think much to his ideas but she is also very worried about H. H is Hayden Prentice a one time Portsmouth drug baron. He owns Flixcombe Manor in Dorset amid many acres of land. He was hit by covid and Enora and their son Malo looked after him. He now has long covid.
H is Malo's father from a brief fling in Antibes some years ago. When Enora returns to Flixcombe a friend Evelyn who has been looking after H, tells Enora she thinks that H has dementia!
The only people nearby Enora can rely on are Andy and Jess who live in a cottage on the estate. She turns to an old friend Dessie Wren who is still with the police and he has always been an admirer.
Remy has not given up persuading Enora and now suggests that the manor should be under it's correct name - Vlixcombe, which was a second world war french recording and transmitting station! He wants to film several episodes there. The problem is that H is in no fit state to sign any agreement, so Enora seeks advice from his solicitor Tony Morse.
Rosa who is Enora's agent then sends her a manuscript "My place or yours" saying it is by an anonymous woman about her affair with a Tory minister!
What with Malo's girlfriend Clemmie being pregnant, Enora has more than enough to contend with. But then there is a murder!
This is the sixth book to feature Enora. Always good value from one of my favourite authors. A very good series which gets better and better, with surprises at every turn. Excellent.
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