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I started life as a librarian but quickly became interested in writing and started to write novels and short stories. Now I have one novel in print and three as ebooks and three books of short stories, 'Tangerine City', 'The Silk Peacock' and 'The Iridescent Butterfly'. I have written a children's book entitled 'Witches' Treasure' and also the 'Harriet' series of holiday books. I have a blog on Goodreads where I talk about some of the characters in my books. My novels are 'The Dome', 'A Picaresque Tale', 'Where the Boys are', 'Apollyon' and 'House of Parrots'. My latest novel just out is 'Fraudster's Folly' and available from Bookcountry.com, BarnesandNoble.com etc. It was published by Booktango.
Peter Watson Jenkins
on April 12, 2013 :
House of Parrots by Hilary West
Beauhampton is a typical sleepy village, beloved of English writers, with hollyhocks or climbing roses by every front door, and PC Plod on his beat trying to look busy on a warm Summer afternoon. We love the peaceful setting. In fact one of the author’s characters says it for him: “It’s all talk and nobody does anything.” In the quietude of the first section of this novel Mr. West displays some elegant writing skills, his painting of the picture-perfect village and the people who are players in the developing drama is very well worked. Then comes the action: a seduction of the village virgin by the handsome village rake, a brick thrown through rich Gerald’s window with a threatening letter attached. Much is stirring in the little place, a good deal of it involving sexual passion. People are really hated. Promises are made and broken. Robert the butler comes along with his orientation knickers in a knot. (Here we skated riskily on the thin ice of homophobia.) I just knew there was much more angst to come. The author delayed until the third act the attempted suicide and the murder. It was left so late that I doubted if the bumbling police could possibly handle it. In fact the tragic denouement was quite believable, if unoriginal. All in all, a pleasant read, best done in a garden chair with a sunshade, and something to wet your whistle by your side. And butterflies in abundance: but definitely no parrots.
Peter Watson Jenkins
(reviewed within a week of purchase)