About the Book

A dinner party descends into chaos - and death - in the latest gripping Abbot Agency mystery.

Attending a birthday celebration for two young girls, Bea Abbot tries not to let superstition get the better of her when she realizes they are thirteen at dinner. What she doesn't anticipate is that the evening will end in sudden, violent death.

Suddenly a dining room curtain goes up in flames. While two members of the host family are rushed to hospital, Bea and a fellow guest search for the birthday girls in a house which has been plunged into darkness. And then the chaos begins ...

Could the fire have been started deliberately - and were young Bernice and Alicia the intended targets? As Bea investigates, she finds herself drawn into the girls' troubling world: a world rich in money but lacking in love.



About the Author

Veronica Heley

Veronica Heley (www.veronicaheley.com) has published more than sixty books, including crime fiction, historical, and children's titles. She is currently involved in the Ellie Quicke series of crime stories and a variety of other projects. A full-time writer, she has been married to a London probation officer since 1964, and has one musician daughter.

I enjoy giving talks and workshops about writing, and served time on the committee of the Association of Christian Writers. I attend Pitshanger Methodist Church, run their bookstall and am a member of their prayer group. I've been married to a probation officer for forty something years, and we have one married, musician daughter.

For fun I read anything and everything. I've been a member of a book reading club for forty years. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, I garden, I play patience with real cards ... and think about stories I haven't yet had time to write.



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