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Bea Abbot runs her own domestic agency.

Melinda May

As she always says the Agency doesn't investigate murder but somehow murder seems to find its way to her. In this story Zander - a former boyfriend of Maggie's - is in trouble and comes to Bea for help. He works for the Tudor Trust which provides affordable housing in London and it looks as though one of the trustees has been working a very lucrative fiddle. I really like this series with its regular characters, Oliver, the computer whizz and Maggie who is Bea Abbot runs her own domestic agency.

I really like this series with its regular characters, Oliver, the computer whizz and Maggie who is shaping up to be an excellent project manager. Mr Cambridge - who appeared in a previous story - makes a welcome reappearance together with his son Chris. Max - Bea's son - and his wife Nicole, now heavily pregnant - also make an appearance as does Piers - Bea's former husband and a well known portrait painter. I found the plot intriguing and the villain satisfyingly villainous.

The computer aspects of the fraud are well done and convincing as is the way Bea manages to help Max with his problems. If you've ever wondered how amateur detectives fit their activities around all the everyday things which have to be done - read this book. People eat and drink, do the shopping and the housework as well as solve mysteries. If you like your crime stories with not too much violence - try this book - you will not be disappointed. May 22, Violet rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really like this series of books about Bea Abbot and her employment agency.

Seems like they do more detecting than placing domestic employees.

Anyway, Bea is such a softy and has several young people hanger-ons around at all times. However, the young people are also very smart when it comes to computers and she solves this case only with their help. These books are very entertaining. Sep 01, Margaret rated it liked it Shelves: I would not want to write this review under False Pretenses.

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I thought it was excellently written, I just was a bit too chilled getting repeated glimpses into the murderer's mind. If the star rating had been about the book's excellence instead of how much I enjoyed it, I would have rated it higher. I could not find the book under the title, though there are a number of other books by the same name. I did find it under the author's name, and it appears that s I would not want to write this review under False Pretenses.

I did find it under the author's name, and it appears that she is fairly prolific.

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I recommend this book unreservedly for those fond of mysteries, and with a stomach even slightly stronger than mine. Jul 11, Peggy rated it liked it Shelves: This is the fourth book in the Abbott Agency mysteries, and they all follow the same format. We know who the murderer is, because their comments are provided in italics. Can Bea keep Jeremy — and herself — alive, while all he thinks about is composing a song for pretty, dead Josie?

Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Abbot Agency 6. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about False Report , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. I did, really! But Nos. Readers will find both plotlines compelling. Three cheers for the redoubtable Mrs. And for her motley crew — Oliver and Maggie! Nov 12, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing. Bea Abbot has just returned from a much needed holiday to find things seemed to have changed.

Her business, the Abbot Agency, is going from strength to strength but something seems to be wrong and she can't put her finger on what. Maggie, who shares the house with her, seems to be upset about something and her adopted son, Oliver doesn't seem to want to talk to her. To cap it all her friend, CJ, has landed her with the job of helping an acquaintance of his, composer Jeremy Waite, who is mixed up Bea Abbot has just returned from a much needed holiday to find things seemed to have changed. To cap it all her friend, CJ, has landed her with the job of helping an acquaintance of his, composer Jeremy Waite, who is mixed up in a murder enquiry.

Her son, Max, seems bent on convincing her she is too old to run a business and wants her to retire and sell him her large house at a knockdown price.

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Fortunately Bea loves a challenge and she rolls up her sleeves and gets on with the job to prove to herself she is not too old to work. I really enjoyed this book and read it in an evening. I like Bea as a character and Maggie and Oliver are developing in their own ways and making a success of their lives. It was good to see a bit more of CJ who is always an enigmatic character. I enjoy this author's writing style and her plots are always interesting because they are based in everyday life, though maybe we don't all come across people wanting to murder us!

Guests still need to be fed, housework needs to be done and work needs to be accomplished. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Now her self-important son Max Abbott, a member of Parliament with a selfish, ambitious wife, wants his mother to sacrifice so that he can climb the political ladder: He wants Bea to merge her firm with a larger one, Holland and Butcher, which trains domestic staff. That firm featured in the previous False Report. Cambridge as Bea calls him , a new member of the team, an intrepid and courageous taxi driver named Lucas.

View 2 comments. This books features what happens when there is domestic abuse. How it efforts those around the abuser and victim. Holland Industry is still trying to get Bea to merge her Domestic Business with their trading academy. Bea doesn't trust the manager, Benton and refuses the merge. Bea is asked to convince Benton's wife, Dilys to take her diamond wedding ring to be appraised. Bea able to get Dilys to admit that the the ring is a fake and she is a scare of Benton.

Max and Nicole are both involved with This books features what happens when there is domestic abuse. Max and Nicole are both involved with Benton's schemes. The book takes you on a journey through Dily's life and her family's. The ending will surprise you. I high! Dec 01, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing.

Bea Abbot is asked to take a young woman to a jewellers to get a ring valued. Little does Bea know the problems she will encounter before the threat of a forced takeover will finally disappear. Precisely how much has her bull Bea Abbot is asked to take a young woman to a jewellers to get a ring valued.

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Precisely how much has her bullying son Max got to do with all of this anyway? I enjoyed reading this fast paced and complex mystery with its many ramifications and its web of allegiances and loyalties. It is well written with a basis in ordinary everyday life.

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The mystery must at times take second place to the problems of feeding the family — the cat Winston, and adopted daughter Maggie. This is an interesting series and each book can be read as a standalone novel. If you like your crime novels without too much on the page violence and with believable characters then give the Abbot Agency series a try. Jun 26, Violet rated it it was amazing Shelves: mysteries. Love all of this series by Veronica Heley. I think I wish I could be like Bea She is a wonder.

Jun 13, Liisa rated it it was amazing. As usual, very engaging and a satisfying read I like the way Heley's main characters interact with their children.

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