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Strange happenings at Ramsden House care home go unnoticed by the authorities. Set in the beautiful Jurassic coast, this prestigious home started up by a go-ahead professional couple seems the ideal place for star songster, Ursula to place her loved but inconvenient autistic daughter Tosca to develop into adulthood. To Ursula’s chagrin her best friend, Tosca’s Godmother Isobel, is worried. Through a chance meeting with a man with a disability, Andrew and Bowie his spaniel dog, she’s picked up sinister vibes about Ramsden House, an awkward situations since Ursula relies on Isobel’s support for Tosca.
Tension increases as Isobel becomes involved with Ramsden House. Through her job as a pianist at a grand hotel, she meets the former owners of Ramsden who ask her to befriend their autistic daughter Nikki, a resident there. Seizing this chance to find out more about Ramsden House, Isobel agrees. Isobel’s alarm grows when on an outing with Nikki she biffs a prominent local do-gooder whom she calls Lord Fuckingdon. Why does Nikki behave like this and why does she not want to return to Ramsden House?
Crisis is reached when Isobel, her new friend Andrew, dog Bowie and Nikki, are caught up in the care manager’s death. Forced to clear her name, Isobel becomes detective. Is she been wrong about the new friends? Using her musical sensitivities and empathy, plus the help of Bowie the super nosed spaniel, she ferrets out the real culprit.
Hardback £16.99 ISBN 978-1-9996345-5-1
Paperback £8.99 ISBN 978-1-9996345-6-8
About Lucy Abelson
Born in Brundall in Norfolk, Lucy Abelson grew up in Kent where her father ran a small tutorial college and her mother practised as a doctor. Since they met playing mixed foursomes on the golf course, the Wildernesse Club played a big part in family life. Lucy spent much of her time off school in the children’s corner of the Sevenoaks bookshop. Although she devoured fiction, she managed to win a general knowledge competition set by the bookshop which led to a prize giving ceremony with Noel Streatfield. On hearing the ten year old wanted to be a “writer like you”; when she grew up, the great author responded to the hoots of laughter from assembled grown-ups, “This little girl wants to steal my job”. Undeterred Lucy started contributing to magazines during her school days at West Heath.
Her first full time job was on Honey magazine. She also wrote for many other magazines before progressing to newspapers. For 17 years she was on the staff of the Sunday Express as a feature writer and a columnist. She is married with three children.