Ann Granger is an author i only recently came across last month. She is a crime writer, who has several crime series that she has written. These are the Mitchell and Markby series, the Campbell and Carter series, The Lizzie Marting series set in Victorian times, and finally, the series this book is from, the Fran Varady series.
I have previously read the first books from the Campbell and Carter series and the Lizzie Martin series (see previous reviews if you want to know more.) I picked up this book too, although it wasn't the first book in th Fran Varady series. I usually like to read books in a series in order in case there is a need to refer back to some previous information. I don't feel this was essential to do with this book as i enjoyed it even though there are at least 6 other books before this one.
The main character in this book is a young woman called Fran Varady who is a bit of a strange character. She has very little family (similar to the Lizzie Martin character in her other series) and has lived previously in a squat, so the people she turns to are a female police inspector called Inspector Morgan, and a friend who lived with her in the squat called Ganesh. Both of these are slightly weird relationships to me and seemed to be there mainly to move the story along without contributing a lot else. It was a bit flat for me.
Fran is a wannabe actress and as she is not successful at this she also works freelance for a private investigation company owned by her friend Susie.
When Fran bumps into someone she recognises from her past, weird things start to happen. The person in question is an elderly homeless woman who used to live in the graveyard next to the squat. Fran notices as they chat that she is being watched by someone, so she takes it upon herself to work out who the person is and what they want, and ultimately to keep Edna out of harms way.
There is a murder, and there is a very interesting mystery relating to Ednas past. Can Fran keep Edna safe until they get to the bottom of it all?
Overall, my impression of Ann Granger is that she is a decent author, and she does write books that will keep you reading, but i describe them as being 'gentle.' There is enough there to get you to read the whole book, but in this case i am not sure i cared enough to go and search for another in this series.
Then i remember that i loved her Lizzie Martin book (A Rare Interest in Corpses) and it makes me wonder whether to give her a bit of benefit of the doubt and try another one. Perhaps i would care more if i understood the background to the characters and their relationships by reading the series in order.
This one wasn't 'un-put-downable' but i was keen to know how it progressed so it made a good night time novel for me, and i probably will get another, but i won't rush to find it the next time i go into the library.