Troubador Love Bytes Back

Released: 14/02/2020

eISBN: 9781838598181

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Love Bytes Back

Edna Reid Investigates


When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.

There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”

Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.

When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.

Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?

Edna's Death Cafe is now available from all good online retail outlets.


Love Bytes Back

Edna, having sold her cafe to her assistant, finds she has time on her hands to do exactly what she wants, whenever she wants, but still feels there is something missing in her life.
Then the newly widowed Kitty Merriweather moves into her quiet little village, and tongues were wagging.
Who was this stranger who'd moved into Lavender Lodge? The villagers were bustling with curiosity so Edna makes it her business to find out more about their new neighbour.
Tales of intrigue, death, love trysts keep Edna busy and she comes out of Retirement, to take control.
Edna is back on form.

by Lady Jan Johnson

Great to see Edna back in business, this time as the Peak District's own Miss Marple. She busts the stereotype of older women not being tech-savvy. If Edna doesn't know how to do something, she finds out. Very strong characterisation. The book is a good guide to being careful with online dating sites as this seems to be a growing problem. A great read.

by P. Mackay

Edna – the Peak’s answer to Miss Marple solves another conundrum getting the knickers of the good burghers of Hope in a right old twist.
Now made self-redundant from her café she has more time on her arthritic hands, and surely as night follows day the first noticeable cracks in her formidable mind are beginning to show. Not her powers of deduction but the lapses in memory that plague all of us past the half century mark.
Edna rages at the coming of night for her mental acuity in her own way – swigs of sherry out of the bottle in front of the television and days out with her friend Manny, himself becoming something of a dark horse which only adds to Edna’s sometimes feelings of stress and impending loneliness.
Not quite the chair ridden character from Rear Window Edna relies on Manny not only for his ability to get out and about easier but also as a brake for her headstrong rushes in deduction and as a salve on her fragile ego.
Like Manny, this series has legs and Edna’s deducting will go from strength to strength.
Pass the sherry!

by Laurence Owen

Edna Reid is the Marple of the modern age: dogged in her pursuit of truth in a world of shifting values she doesn't always understand. This is a book for people who like a character-driven mystery. Angelena Boden creates lively, vivid personalities anchored in the very real landscape of the Derbyshire Peaks. Lifting the lid on the chocolate box image, she reveals the darkness beneath: characteristic of an author who consistently stirs the pond to see what rises to the surface.

Online scamming, drugs and alcohol rub shoulders with the church choir. It is an engrossing mix of yesterday and today, local and international, private and public.

Edna Reid steers her sharp but occasionally suspect faculties through this landscape, uncovering good and evil, and evil masquerading as good. She is a rich creation, plagued by fears of her own deterioration and decline.

One can only hope she lives long enough to solve a dozen more mysteries such as this.

by William Harrison

Angelena Boden

Hi there,

Welcome to my author page. I'm Angelena, 64 years young and Edna's Death Cafe is my third novel. I've spent the past 35 years travelling the world, delivering training courses and designing personal development workshops for people who get stuck at different times of life.

The doggy picture is of Raffi, a dachshund- poodle cross. He's Head of Welfare in our household and keeps us all smiling and sane. He's my daughter's dog really but we borrow him a lot.

Talking of family, I have two grown-up daughters and the Old Man in the Shed. I'm a a free spirit and take off frequently to explore new places, new ideas and chat to new people about their views and experiences of life.

Authors can't afford to starve in attics these days or present themselves as pale and suffering. We're out and about doing talks and signing books so if you fancy having a light-hearted chat about death and dying following Edna's unique style or writing in general, get a group together in your home town or area and invite me along!

If you like cosy mystery with lots of intrigue, look out for my new novel Love Bytes Back, published by Matador on February 14th 2020.

Me being formal.

Raffi being cute.
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