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A spate of thefts followed by sinister deaths upset members of Elmsleigh Park, a select golf club in the south of England. Is there an outside influence amongst them? Their rich Russian member is friendly with one of the royal Romanov family, a descendant of Czar Peter the Great which makes some folk wonder whether their club, they felt so safe in, is being targeted for political reasons. Members are also perturbed by a beggar who loiters in the car park makes mysterious remarks about his own heritage. The club’s rulers decide the police need help to investigate these criminal activities and decide to employ a local detective agency. Unbeknown to them though, this agency employs Sam, their own Lady Captain, a journalist who moonlights as a store detective. Insisting it is kept a secret, reluctantly she takes on the job, only to find herself entangled in something worse than embarrassment. Her own life is in danger.
When the Lady Captain investigates her alarm at her findings turns to fear for her life.
The first edition of this book was sold for the Meath Epilepsy charity, chosen by the Lady Captain of the golf club where Lucy belongs, for her Captain’s year. Outside Influence is now available through any book retailer or Amazon.
Paperback £9.99 ISBN 978-1-913663-14-8
About Lucy Abelson
Born 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.