I’m bursting with excitement to share my review as part of the blog tour for this debut novel by Stacey Murray today. Thanks to Lizzie Lewis at RedDoor Press for a copy of the book, my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the free gift or by the fact there is a dog on the book cover.
Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands…
After unexpectedly losing her high-powered job in Hong Kong, forty-something widow, Maggie Macbeth, turns up on the doorstep of her old sidekick, Cath, in the sleepy Peak District village of Archdale.
A fish out of water, Maggie comes into conflict with everyone and everything — especially Cath’s awful friend Tiggy – and rock bottom is just around the corner. But it turns out Maggie isn’t the only one in trouble, and when a crisis hits the local community, Maggie has a choice: to give up on life, or to go back to her legal roots and fight for justice. But can she save the day as well as herself?
Having grown up in South Yorkshire and visited the Peak District on many occasions, I enjoyed my virtual visit to the virtual village of Archdale during the early summer of 2020 to meet Maggie, Cath and so many more wonderful characters created by Stacey Murray.
As the blurb on the back of the book points out, Maggie has left her high powered job in Hong Kong and is now staying with an old friend in a sleepy village in England. Initially it was difficult to warm to Maggie, who seemed to be overstaying her welcome at Cath’s and was reluctant to be helpful.
However as the story progressed, we discovered more about Maggie, the heartbreak she had suffered and how she needed time to rediscover herself. Then it was time for Maggie to help her friend Cath, plus many of the new people she had met in Archdale.
The book covers a lot of topics, some of them heartbreaking, as we discover what has happened in the past for Maggie, Cath and Rob. However, the book looks at how they all move forward with help of the local community.
I loved the humour, especially when Maggie spends time with Tiggy. Another excellent addition to the story is Jazz – all the best books include at least one dog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story about friendship and love, and will be recommending it to friends and family.
A native of Glasgow, Stacey Murray was an international commercial lawyer for many years – in the City of London and in Hong Kong. In 2005, she changed career to become an independent film producer. Her first film, A Boy Called Dad, was acquired by the BBC and nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She lives in hope – literally, in the village of Hope in the Derbyshire Peak District – with her husband and two rescue dogs. Twitter is her social media drug of choice: her handle is @TheStacemeister.