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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Dirty Tricks by Jo Carnegie

Saffron loves the London party and fashion scenes. So she's extra nervous about abandoning it all for six months in the country to Write Her Novel. Of course, she'll miss gorgeous boyfriend Tom but at least his supermodel twin brother will be there to keep her company.
So when does keeping her company cross the line?
Harriet has swapped her country life for a London career and a part time job at a community centre desperately in need of saving. Here she meets Zack . . . but what secrets lurk behind those sexy blue eyes of his?
New lives, new temptations. Have both girls bitten off more than they can chew?

Although this is book 4 of the Churchminster series, each book focuses on different characters. However, there is continuity and the 'pillars' of the community; the village shop owner, landlord of the local pub and those in the 'big house' feature in each book. I believe that the books are getting better and better as the series progresses.

This book is set around Saffron, a London resident who decides she will up sticks and move in with her mother and write a book. She will live there for six months and see what happens, leaving her boyfriend behind in London.

However, after moving to Churchminster, her boyfriend's twin brother returns from America and, following a visit with his brother, decides to rent a vacant house, where he will host a fashion show for charity.

Another principal character in the book is Harriet, the daughter of one of Churchminster's richest residents, who lives and works in London at a magazine but, wanting to give someone back, decides to volunteer at a community centre in an rundown and undesirable area. The centre manager is a nice bloke, rather quiet about his background but following a meal with Aunty Win, another worker in the community centre, Harriet and Zack begin to go out together.

The story continues, with Saffron writing her novel, seeing Tom some weekends, and then being asked to help organise the fashion show as she too also worked for a fashion magazine in London. Working closely with Tom's twin brother leads to complicated feelings and when Tom proposes Saffron notices issues with their relationship. The planning of the fashion show runs into difficulties and it is all hands on to pull it together.

I do not want to spoil the story for readers of the book and so will reveal no more of the story, but there are romps galore and laughter, tears and tantrums to enjoy throughout the book. I found myself shouting out to certain male characters to get their act together and speak out about their feelings etc.
I really enjoyed this book and is as good as, if not better than, the earlier three books in the series and I can not wait to see what Jo Carnegie has in store for the villagers of Churchminster next time.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book to review.

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