The Cuckoo Clock (A Madeleine Porter Mystery)

A landslide on a coastal road pushes a car over the cliff, and its driver to almost certain death below. A strange floral tribute at a lonely funeral. A luxury seaside cottage to let, with a rent that is too good to be true. The mundane death of an elderly man in a nursing home

A landslide on a coastal road pushes a car over the cliff, and its driver to almost certain death below. A strange floral tribute at a lonely funeral. A luxury seaside cottage to let, with a rent that is too good to be true. The mundane death of an elderly man in a nursing – and a seemingly important

When , family history enthusiast, moves to the south coast, she is intrigued by the story of the house she rents, and the people who lived there. Joining forces with local historian Ian Clay, together they uncover a story of lost love, cruel behaviour and unwavering devotion, coupled with new beginnings and fresh hope.

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Wendy L says:

Not my cup of tea I wasn’t over-impressed by the first book in this series, “Chasing Shadows”, but having read reviews saying that the writing style had greatly improved, I decided to give the second book a try. However, I am sorry to say that I didn’t find a great improvement. The writing is still very formal and verbatim and written in such an unemotional way that it is difficult to connect with any of the characters.Although the underlying story was quite emotional, the matter-of-fact…

Susan says:

Much better than his first book After reading ‘Family Shadows’ I hadn’t intended to read any more by John Nixon as, whilst the story was good, I’d found his writing style very difficult. In particular the dialogue was hard going and there was a great deal of description which attempted to set the scene but didn’t provide any atmosphere. However, I allowed myself to be influenced by the reviews for his second book and I’m glad that I did. The story is good, the dialogue is better and the descriptions more atmospheric. I…

W-Man77 says:

A Clunker “Clunk, clunk, clunk” – the sound of the prose in this book. I generally enjoy genealogy-based mysteries and was short of some reading material while on holiday so I purchased 3 of John Nixon’s works. Mistake! What I had forgotten was how much I had disliked the previous book of his I had read. This was really no improvement.

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