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Okay, I hope you are having a great week. Mine has been crazy and
that is okay because I’m a little crazy too. For example, yesterday I was
typing this review, had it finished and went to save it and it disappeared
into cyber space or wherever things go when you can’t find them. So,
there ya go but you know what I’ll rewrite the review and life will go on.
“The Case of The Clobbered Cad” reminds me of my youth when I read
The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. I love the who-dun-it books. This is a great mystery with all the character and the trying to figure out “WHO-DUN-IT” you’re looking for.
Heather is so brave to be in a foreign country with no family trying to finish her degree. Throughout she finds friends she can rely on or can she. You will twist and turn trying to discover the culprit. Is
it someone she knows, has she been set up or maybe it’s someone she doesn’t expect at all. I will say that Mrs. Kintyre is my favorite character. She’s nosy and likes to play detective and she doesn’t let
anyone stop her. She is a hoot!!!
My advice on this book: READ IT!!!
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
Debra E. Marvin is a member of ACFW, Sisters in Crime, a Grace Awards Judge, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She’s one of the founders of Inkwell Inspirations Blog, and is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction and contracted with Barbour Publishing. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University in upstate NY, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.
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- We reference “The Girl Detective” but we never actually use her name! You know who I’m talking about though, don’t you?
- The book is set in 1956. Can you guess why I chose that particular year? Go ahead. You won’t offend me!
- Heather’s first trip abroad is to the U.K. Sixty years later, Debra made her first trip abroad and was greeted in the Edinburgh airport by a lovely customs agent with a broad Scottish accent. (Debra grinned like an eejit!)
- The Case of the Clobbered Cad was originally set in Old Sturbridge Village because I wanted to visit there. The heroine was a history major doing an internship. When I made the last minute decision to buy a ticket to Scotland, I asked my publisher if she minded if I changed the setting! She loved the idea!
- Like Heather, my grandfather was Scottish. (though mine was born in the U.S. to a Scottish immigrant family). He insisted I was “Scots t’ the backbone and prood of it.” What a thrill to be able to visit the village where his my great-grandparents called home.
- I visited the Archeology Department at the University of Edinburgh and went inside the archives room. If you read the book, you’ll understand why that was so important! (Though in 1956, the setting was completely different!)
- I actually stayed on both of the Edinburgh streets used as ‘home addresses’ for two of my characters.
- Some retired policemen and professors answered my questions, including a gentleman with an OBE. You do know what that means, don’t you?
- Lisa Richardson, author of The Counterfeit Clue designed the covers!
- While my earlier published works have been sweet romances, mysteries are my first love and I hope to take Heather elsewhere in Scotland and Ireland.
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