Wednesday, 23 March 2016
To Catch a Creeper - Ellie Campbell
Cathy is riding high in her brand-new job at a (surprisingly bitchy) top London advertising agency working with best friend Rosa. But when Rosa's pregnancy goes amiss and enemies sabotage her new career, she finds herself leading a chaotic double life of lies and deception, hiding a shameful secret from all, especially husband Declan who appears in the throes of a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile she's agreed to unmask the notorious Crouch End Creeper, a burglar terrorizing their neighbourhood. Little does she know that her meddling, assisted by fellow mothers (the Wednesday Once Weeklies) and the Neighbourhood Watch, will lead their dangerous opponent to murder. And that it's not only the tall elegant transvestite who is placing herself at risk...
This is the third book I have read by the sisters writing under the name of Ellie Campbell. I really like their writing style - so upbeat and a little crazy with the characters, but if you just go with it you are in for a really good enjoyable read.
There is a new book out in a few weeks called "Meddling with Murder" which is a sequel to this book - so I thought I had better get this off my virtual TBR personal shelf and read it.
In this book we meet Cathy again from "Looking for La La" but it is not necessary to have read that book first as there are enough references for this to be a standalone book, but without the - "I know all this" when you have read the previous book.
Cathy really could put a stop to all the misunderstandings and chaos that surrounds her life if she just told the truth - but that would be boring. I enjoyed the character more in this book, probably because I felt I already knew her and was willing to go along for the ride that is her mad life.
There is yet again a "whodunnit" element to this book - I really thought I knew who it was, but I was a mile out! But the whodunnit is not the whole story, intermixed is Cathy struggling to fit in with a new job after returning to work, being undermined and also joining the neighbourhood watch. Not to mention her Husband having a mid life crisis - or is he?
Such an entertaining read and some very true to life insights underneath all the slapstick.
I'm giving this book five out of five stars.