One Puzzling Afternoon (Hardback)
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One Puzzling Afternoon (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 25/05/2023
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On a suburban street filled with secrets, 84 year old Edie Green must look back into the past to discover what happened to her friend Lucy, who went missing years before...

I kept your secret Lucy. I've kept it for more than sixty years...

It is 1951, and at number six Sycamore Street fifteen-year-old Edie Green is lonely. Living alone with her eccentric mother - who conducts seances for the local Ludthorpe community - she is desperate for something to shake her from her dull, isolated life. When the popular, pretty Lucy Theddle befriends Edie, she thinks all her troubles are over. But Lucy has a secret, one Edie is not certain she should keep...

Then Lucy goes missing. 2018. Edie is eighty-two and still living in Ludthorpe. When one day she glimpses Lucy Theddle, still looking the same as she did at fifteen, her family write it off as one of her many mix ups. There's a lot Edie gets confused about these days. A lot she finds difficult to remember. But what she does know is this: she must find out what happened to Lucy, all those years ago...

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781804181256
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beguiling . . . Beautifully written, this dual-timeline mystery draws you in and keeps a tight hold. - Heat Magazine

Gripping . . . heartbreaking. - Fabulous magazine, The Sun

Full of depth and humanity, One Puzzling Afternoon is a beautifully written novel that really tugs at the heartstrings. - Culture Fly

A captivating and poignant book, I was completely hooked. You can't help but fall for Edie. - Marianne Cronin, author of 100 Years of Lenni and Margot

Completely captivating. A real page turner. Eighty-two year old Edie is a wonderful protagonist, desperate to solve the mystery of her friend's disappearance sixty years earlier. - Louise Hare

This is such a delicate web of a book, a mystery deftly woven with tension and compassion. Edie is a heartbreaking figure, struggling to catch her last memories before they're blown away forever - her quest/plight is absorbing and extremely poignant. - Beth Morrey, bestselling author of Saving Missy

Marvellous . . . a special gem of a book, a perfectly executed double timeline mystery with a twist you don't see coming. One Puzzling Afternoon has one of the most unusual and endearing protagonists in recent crime fiction. In this dual time-line novel, Emily Critchley wonderfully weaves together a modern crime narrative with the sunny, idyllic childhood memories of her protagonist. Post-war nostalgia is perfectly evoked - until the darkness at the edges of Edie's and Lucy's story draws is quickly like a summer storm. As Edie slowly unveils the lies and secrets surrounding Lucy's disappearance, she must confront difficult memories of her own childhood, and the terrors it held. One Puzzling Afternoon is a dark and delightful lock box of riddles, secrets and memories. A spellbinding novel that enchants and unnerves in equal measure. - Inga Vesper, author of The Long, Long Afternoon

An uplifting, bittersweet story with a page-turning mystery at its heart. Emily Critchley writes about ageing and memory with huge warmth and compassion, and I was drawn in to Edie's world from the very first page. A beautifully atmospheric and endearing book. - Freya Sampson

A beautifully written book about trying to hold on to all that is important, including memories of a much-missed best friend . . . The style reminded me a little of of Clare Chambers, with its poise and time-specific feel. It's the perfect book for lovers of Elizabeth Is Missing, but has its own distinct voice and charm. A lovely combination of a cracking story and a host of characters you want to reach out and hug. - Jo Leevers, author of Tell Me How This Ends

I absolutely loved it . . . A charmingly addictive dual timeline mystery, filled with quirky characters, and rich in 1950s nostalgia, this book had me hooked from the first chapter and wouldn't let me go until I had pieced together the puzzle of Edie's past. - Neil Alexander, author of The Vanishing of Margaret Small

An intriguing, unsettling mystery told over a dual timeframe by one of the most endearing lead characters you'll come across this year. Utterly compelling, darkly unnerving and a joyful masterclass in storytelling, Emily Critchley's debut adult novel hits the mark on so many levels. A gripping mystery, with heart-warming characters, One Puzzling Afternoon manages to keep the full range of emotions in play - you'll cry, you'll chuckle and there are times you won't dare turn the page. - Lovereading Debut of the Month

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“Loved it!”

What a wonderful storyteller debut author Emily Critchley is!

“One Puzzling Afternoon” is beautifully written with endearing characters and a heartwarming, sentimental storyline. I was drawn into the book instantly... More

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“A Lovely Story”

A lovely story but also a sad one as Edie struggles with her worsening dementia and also the need to remember what happened to her friend many years ago. Set in 1951 and 2018 with a young and old Edie it is a... More

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“Engaging and emotive”

This was a intriguing and engaging read, following Edie as she tries to uncover what happened to her school friend Lucy over 60 years earlier. This is hampered by Edie's challenges with her memory, and the fact... More

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