Troubador Where Everything Seems Double

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800461833

eISBN: 9781800468092

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Where Everything Seems Double


“It was your sleuthing that brought us here. If you feel any responsibility, find out what has really happened to Ruby. You owe it to us, Gina." 

This is the message, from the woman who was once her closest friend, that takes Gina Gray to the Lake District to unravel a mystery in circumstances which undermine even her boundless self-confidence. 

Charged with finding out what happened to a thirteen-year-old girl who has gone missing during a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she takes her granddaughter Freda with her to act as her undercover agent among the town’s teenagers, and while Freda struggles with the secrets and lies among the young, Gina launches herself into an investigation which turns toxic. 

Off her home ground, increasingly uneasy about the motives of a student she has befriended, at odds with her on/off partner, Detective Superintendent David Scott, she finds herself mired in a relationship which eventually puts both Freda and herself in mortal danger.

Penny Freedman found the idea for 'This is a Dreadful Sentence' when she was teaching English at a college in Kent and noticed a kitchen knife lying on one of the bookshelves in the library. This picture lodged in her mind and came out years later as a new twist on the classic 'body in the library' plot: a foreign student is found stabbed and crushed to death in a college library.

Penny says, 'Once I had my plot, I knew I wanted to create a female sleuth who wasn't a superwoman but a real woman whose life readers would recognise and sympathise with.' And so she created Gina Gray, a forty-something divorcee with two daughters, one a stroppy teenager and the other a single mother frequently looking to Gina to step in and mind the baby. 'I had a picture in my mind,' Penny says, 'of a woman who does her investigating while pushing a baby in a buggy. And however exciting or scary her investigation gets, she still has to fit in trips to the supermarket. I find that readers like Gina because she's real and because she's brave and funny and speaks her mind.'

What a great book thoroughly enjoyed throughout read it super quick didnt want to put it down....would definitely recommend this book to others

by NetGalley review

In this novel by Penny Freedman, the character of Gina takes the reader on a journey as she works along side her granddaughter Freda to uncover the truth of a mystery that includes the disappearance of a thirteen-year-old girl. This book was incredibly suspenseful and had me hooked from the very beginning. The plot constantly leaves the reader thinking they know what is coming next, but surprising them every time. I would recommend this to anyone who is in a reading slump and wants something fast paced and highly thrilling.

by NetGalley review

Where Everything Seems Double was a compelling read. And one that had me flipping through the pages. I enjoyed this book alot. The writing was just spot on loved the writing and the characters I was hooked.
A really good book!

by NetGalley review

Gina receives an email from Eve saying that Gina has ruined Eve and Colin's lives with her meddling. Gina had discovered that Colin had lied to the police about the murder of a 13 year old girl. Gina then heads up to Cumbia, in the Lake District. Gina and her granddaughter, Freda, ride the train up there.
This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the many layers of family and friend relationships. I find it so curious to see the difference in people's public and private faces.

by NetGalley review

Gina Gray receives a message from an old friend asking for her help in unraveling the mystery of a thirteen year old girl’s disappearance during a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Lake District. She brings along her granddaughter, Freda, who goes undercover amongst the town’s teenagers. Freda struggles with secrets and lies amongst the teenagers, and Gina’s investigation quickly turns perilous. Gina is out of her element and away from home, in a place where everyone seems to be hiding something, and finds herself in a situation which puts both her and Freda in the path of extreme danger.

My review:

This story is complex and multi-layered. Not only do you have the mystery of what happened to Ruby (and who took her), but you’re observing family dynamics as well. It was definitely an interesting, very extremely suspenseful, suprising read and I was hooked from the beginning. It’s quite a fast-paced novel, very thrilling, and definitely not for the faint of heart.

by NetGalley review

This is my first book but definitely not my last with this author. I truly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.. This book is
full of twists and turns, there are multi-layers to be peeled back to get at the truth. I now need to buy the other books in the series to get caught up. Great quick read

by NetGalley review

Penny Freedman introduced us to her amateur sleuth, Gina Gray, over a decade ago. Now, six novels later, she's back, in the company of her thirteen-year-old granddaughter Freda.
Gina and Freda are in the lake district to help an old friend of Gina's. It is no longer the innocent idyll of Arthur Ransome's Swallows And Amazons. A teenage girl is missing.
This is a beautifully written mystery, with well-drawn characters, deserving of one's empathy. I love all the literary references in the text. An absolute pleasure to read.

by NetGalley review

Where Everything Seems Double was a very enjoyable read. From the start I liked the character Gina -- probably because I'm of a similar age and it's rare to find books about 60+ women that does not portray them as old ladies.

Gina's relationships with her children and grandchild Freda are convincingly portrayed, in particular that walking-on-eggshells feel of dealing with the ups and downs of a moody teenager who every now and then reverts back to being gran's favourite girl..

There is a strong sense of place: you easily imagine the scenes around the hotel and lake where the story is set, as well as the ferry and town. The characters are equally distinctive. It all helps to pull you into and get invested in the story.

'Where Everything Seems Double' is a clever title: just about everything in this novel allows for a 'double' interpretation. You're left guessing about who is really what they seem and who is hiding what. Is what apparently happened what actually happened? It's intriguing and keeps you hooked.

I like that the story is not deeply twisted and strange: it's just obscure and odd, and hard to figure out (like moody teenagers, I suppose!). It's more cozy mystery, but with a modern twist. There's nothing terribly complex about this novel, but what it sets out to do it does very well. A perfectly good scone.

It's well written, well observed and nicely plotted. And charming. Gina can definitely be accused of recklessness in bringing her 13 year-old granddaughter along with her on a sleuthing mission, but it makes for an engaging and entertaining novel. I look forward to reading more by Penny Freedman.

by NetGalley review

Fantastic! Nothing to complain about here - good story, characters, dialogue and pace. So tempted to flick to the back page as I was so desperate to get to the resolution to the mystery but the dialogue helped me keep my discipline! Great relationships between characters, not all of whom are very likeable, and a sharp, descriptive style.

by NetGalley review

Penny Freedman

Penny Freedman has taught English and Drama in schools, colleges and universities. Her experience as director of English Language courses for overseas students forms the background to her murder mystery, 'This is a Dreadful Sentence'.

She has always been an enthusastic amateur director and actress and has had short stories and theatre criticism published. Her book on Shakespeare's language was published in 2007.

She has two grown-up daughters and now lives with her husband in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she writes and lectures on Shakespeare in performance.

'This is a Dreadful Sentence' is her first novel but there is a sequel to follow and she plans further Gina Gray mysteries to come.

Penny Freedman
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