I am delighted to be supporting a fellow Scot by taking part in this Blog Tour. Being a Scot myself, I liked the references to landmarks across the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and was able to clearly visualise the scenes. Anne Pettigrew is a talented author and one I will be following closely.
In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.
Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and her family – are put at risk.
Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?
From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.
Loved it! ‘Not the Deaths Imagined‘ is the second book in the Beth Temple series but my first Anne Pettigrew encounter. Despite having not yet read the first book – I would like to emphasise the word YET as the first book has already been downloaded to my kindle – the story was easy to follow.
Beth Semple is such an inspiring character with her strong principles and high morals and I have to admit that I was in awe of her relationship with her teenage girls. A determined woman who goes after what she thinks is right with finesse and conviction. I found myself wanting to be her friend which, in my opinion, demonstrates how well written this book is.
The only slight downside to not having read the first book was that I did feel at times that I had missed out on getting to know all of the characters well, but this in no way detracted from my sheer enjoyment of the story. I would highly recommend starting with ‘Not the Life Imagined‘ though as I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
‘Not the Deaths Imagined’ is a book not to be missed by Crime and Mystery enthusiasts. A thrilling story with relatable characters and a strong plot. I can’t wait to read the next instalment!
About the Author
A graduate of Glasgow (Medicine) and Wolfson College, Oxford (Anthropology), Anne Pettigrew has been a GP, worked in psychiatry, family planning/sexual health, lecturing, patient/women doctors pressure groups, BMA Media relations, Homeopathy, acupuncture, an EEC Committee, book reviewing and journalism (medico-political and humorous articles to The Herald, Doctor newspaper etc: a Channel 4 Despatches). Retiring from practice, she became a wedding planner for a charity theatre, before starting Creative Writing classes and mentoring at Glasgow University. She is now a member of Garnethill critical writer’s forum and has won short story and article trophies in Greenock Writer’s Club. Not the life Imagined was runner up in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Silver Stag Award 2018. The book was originally called No Sinecure, a title abandoned as no one under 35 in any class or group she joined knew what ‘sinecure’ meant (though some suggested it was apt, the book featuring ‘sin’ in those who ‘cure!’) Two more books are underway. Anne has two grown up children and lives with her husband in North Ayrshire.
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Published in paperback and digital formats by Ringwood Publishing on 1st August 2020