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Troubador The Last Dance

Released: 27/06/2006

ISBN: 9781905237937

Format: Hardback

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The Last Dance

The Iniquities Trilogy I


The respectable façade of the Donaldson family in provincial Cheshire in the years following the Second World War is just that, a façade. Arnold married Alicia because she was 'perfect'. She married him to escape her family and because Charles was on the way.

Arnold has a child, Carl, by his mistress. Alicia has a daughter, Susannah. Only she and one other know that this is not her husband's child. Susannah and Carl are close from the very beginning of their lives. As the children become adult, Charles learns that Arnold is Carl's father. Realising the implications he has to stop Susannah and Carl being together before it's too late, and further damage is done to the family. Alicia could have put things right, but she lies when asked to swear that Susannah and Carl can't be together.

As a result of that lie, children are born who would not have been born, and a man dies who would otherwise not have died. Lives are altered irreversibly. But even when Carl learns the facts, he still cannot be with Susannah for he learns more truth than he needs -- or wants.

Max, the Austrian lawyer who seems to have far more interest in the family than can be explained by the fact that he was their lawyer; and Monika, the damaged refugee from France who is Nanny in the Donaldson household, assist and manipulate the various members of the family to their own ends.

And then there's Ted. He makes so many mistakes as the pieces of the jigsaw are found and come together that he has written this book to explain his actions, and those of others.

The Iniquities Trilogy, of which The Last Dance is the first volume, explores the interlocking pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that are the relationships in a damaged family.

Compelling, thought provoking and challenging The Last Dance confronts taboo subjects such as incest and inter-generational relationships. This is a satisfying, if not always comfortable, read.

Carolyn enjoys writing - sticking with it through the hard times because she has stories to tell.
Hostage to Fortune is Carolyn's eighth title and the fourth in a series of 'history mysteries' where modern day mysteries (murder, abduction, fraud) are solved through an understanding of families' histories. Investigation into a missing keeper of a safe house leads Skye and Fergal (our historical consultants) to preventing a psychopathic killer adding to his tally.
A Second Strand, her seventh title is Carolyn's second murder mystery (though all other books involve some degree of mystery of one sort or another).
The main suspect disappears two days after he discovers his dying neighbour and before DNA tests indicate the victim was his father.
Is he guilty? If so why? If not who is? And what, if any, are the links to a previous murder, perpetrated in the same small town (Yarmouth, Isle of Wight) two years earlier.

Her Parents' Daughter A woman is arrested, gun in hand, standing over a murder victim. Was she as guilty as she appeared to be or had she been set up? And if set up, why and by whom?

A Set of Lies was published to mark the Napoleonic bi-centenary in 2015 is an alternate historical mystery covering two hundred years of a family's history. It introduces Skye and Fergal who feature in her new soon-to-be-published A Second Strand

The Iniquities Trilogy; The Last Dance, Walking Alone and Runaways
Each book stands alone but as a trilogy the reader learns more about the extended Donaldson family than they ever knew themselves. This is now being reworked as one book to be available in the Spring of 2018. (Well... musicians re-record their earlier works...)

Highly Unsuitable Girl In which a northern girl, who moves south, finally understands who she is and what she wants from life, eventually growing up (at the age of forty something).



by Lis banks

Brilliant page turner.
Characters are real and believable.

by Roger stevens

Carolyn McCrae

Carolyn McCrae is a northerner, born on the Wirral (Cheshire) in 1950.

After 35 years of moving around Kent, Berkshire, Cornwall, Worcestershire, Shropshire, the Isle of Wight and Devon she has now returned to Kent where she intends to settle. So much moving around has made it difficult to become a 'local author' anywhere but Kent has found its way into most of her books.

After teaching for 5 years and a further five in various office jobs in London in 1983 she set up her own marketing database management company. Now all but retired, she is developing her new career as an author.

Follow her on Twitter @Carolyn_McCrae She does not 'do' Facebook.

For more information check out her website: www.carolynmccrae.com

She closely follows the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club and the England (& Wales) cricket team - even attending the odd match.

Carolyn McCrae

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