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Summary

The tarot talks...but is anyone listening?

In the heart of Southwest London, just a short stroll from the Thames, lies a single row of cottages. Residents may come and go, but they all have one thing in common: Tinderbox Lane - small, enclosed, unknown to any iPhone or supermarket delivery van - is the place they call home.

Foremost among the residents is Dolly Greene: divorced and permanently broke, she shares her tiny house with her 21-year-old daughter, Pippa, who can't afford to leave. Aside from Pippa the other constant in Dolly's life is her tarot business, and when Dolly reads the cards for the magnificently voluptuous and highly sexed Nikki on a stiflingly hot summer's day, her tarot patter is interrupted by a sudden vision - a flash of Nikki's face covered in blood and bruises. Death hangs over her, but there is an etiquette to reading tarot, and Dolly will not talk of murder to her client.

A few days later, when the body of a battered woman is washed up by Chiswick Bridge, Dolly is haunted by the belief that Nikki's time may have come up...but can she be sure? How far is Dolly prepared to go to act on her intuition? And will Sergeant Raff Williams, the officer assigned to investigate the murder, think Dolly's hunch insane?

©2017 Daisy Waugh (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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Would you listen to The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene again? Why?

yes, its just great old fashioned murder mystery

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene?

none really, it's all good

What about Imogen Church’s performance did you like?

its outstanding!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no, its pretty entertaining

Any additional comments?

Give it 5 stars,and then another 5 stars! This is an old fashioned who dunnit. Great characters brought to life by one of the best narrators! As soon as another book is released I will be onto it!

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  • Washington, DC United States
  • 03-01-18

relaxing and fun

What other book might you compare The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene to, and why?

The story is a social dilemma / psychological mystery, somewhat like the Alexander McCall Smith books, but the writing is in a different style.

Any additional comments?

I googled for "uplifting murder mystery" and found this. It absolutely fit the bill and I loved it.

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  • Matt
  • 18-11-17

Quirky w/ Excellent Narrator, Likeable Protagonist

I usually listen to dark mysteries, but I would put this in the category of a cozy mystery. The narrator, Imogen Church, is one of my favorites. The voices of each character are very distinct, making for quite a listen. The mystery is complex enough to hold your attention and the touch of tarot card "magic" never goes too far to be considered supernatural because it really drives theories about. what's going on more than anything else.

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  • MerylB
  • 04-02-18

The total package - great book, great narrator

E.V. Harte has given us a true gift: a mystery of quirky & interesting characters, an intriguing plot, a bit of romance (no sex) and a soupçon of the paranormal (the heroine is a tarot reader). The writing is evocative without being overdone, drawing you into the settings with a light touch, and Ms.Church's narration is spot on, bringing the characters quite vividly to life (and death).

I know the next book is due to be published in May - I just hope it becomes available on Audible soon after.

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  • Georgia
  • 15-09-17

Great story, somewhat annoying narration

I do love a good story that involves tarot. I found that Ms. Church's narration pulled me from the story, especially every time the "ha ha ha" laugh of one of characters. It felt like the narration was dialled to 11.

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