When twins bicker over stolen loot, one of them must die...
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Life in the Clouds #5: Twin Cheats ® James Field.
Mr Styles rubbed the back of his tired old neck. Olive wasn’t a saint, he’d admit that, but she wasn’t a murderer or a bank robber. Far from it, he thought he could rely on her one-hundred percent. He cackled. The idea was ludicrous. “Well, when you rob a bank, or us, I’ll look up Penelope. But try not to. I’d hate to have anything to do with a religious investigator in a flaring skirt.”
Both laughed, but then Olive broke off with a soft moan and stroked her forehead. “My head still hurts.”
Mr Styles barely held his irritation at bay, and his voice fostered a rough edge. “You’d better take the rest of the week off.”
“I don’t want to, Mr Styles. The difficulty is that I’m worn out. It’s almost as if I’m coming down with the flu. In fact, from the way my lungs ache and my ears fizz, it’s almost certain.”
“Rest is the best cure for flu.”
“Oh, you’re so sweet. I think I’ll drive north, to Harrogate, and take a spa.”
“I’ll make up Thursday’s pay packets before I leave and turn them over to the secretary.”
“I’d appreciate that if you can manage.” Mr Styles sniffed noisily and swallowed the phlegm. “A spa, eh? If I had the time, I’d join you.”
That Wednesday evening, Olive’s sister Penelope appeared at the All Saints service. Afterwards, when back in her house and transformed into Olive, she didn’t return Penelope's wig and garments to the bureau. Instead, she packed them into a suitcase, carried the suitcase to her own house, and locked it in her wardrobe.
To be continued…
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
They say real life is more unbelievable than fiction. This book proves the point. Shelly is a wife, a mother, a psychopath, a murderer, and if this hadn’t been a true story, I would soon have thrown it in the nearest bin and laughed; nobody can be that evil.
In my humble opinion, the writing style is poor. There is no plot, simply a catalogue of this sick woman’s gruesome misdeeds. However, I give it four stars because it riveted my attention right to the last page.
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