When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.
There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”
Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.
When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.
Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?
The Silver Rose Dating Agency is a murder mystery revolving around the themes of cybertheft and satanic cults. The mystery is smartly solved by Edna, an elderly woman, who struck me as sharp, intelligent, unassuming, and very people-friendly.
The story moves along gently and doesn’t distress you with unnecessary gore. Several quotes spoke to me and I think it elevates the story to something more meaningful than a regular cozy mystery.
We tend to think of rural areas as wholesome, pure places free of antisocial activity. But sometimes, these places become the center of criminal activity and evil minds, shocking the people who live there.
It’s a surprise that Edna is computer-savvy, especially when Kitty displays willful ignorance. It’s a lesson to me to not judge by age or appearances.
A light, leisurely mystery that entertains and informs!
(Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!)
The Silver Rose Dating Agency, a dating site for the elderly, seems to harbor shady characters who manipulate gullible women into parting with their money. In that context, Edna feels that face-to-face dating is much better.
“There was too much broadcasting in this techno-age. It had taken all the mystique out of life.”
She also does not believe in soothsayers or fortune tellers, as she makes it clear:
“None of us knows the future. We live in hope that things will work out and we’ll be lucky in love. Until that big wrecking ball in the sky sends us flying into a dung heap.”
Did I mention Edna is no fool? She sees right through the glitz and glamour of marketing:
“Edna had harbored lifelong reservations about the multi-billion-dollar beauty industry which took women’s money in exchange for the promise of miracles. Cold cream had served her well over the years and she saw no good reason for changing her habits now.”
And finally, Edna is a practical and level-headed woman.
“Life was framed within the context of loss from the moment of birth to death. Edna had learned to be philosophical and instead of mourning endings, she celebrated beginnings and middles. She didn’t believe in New Age nonsense about the power of the universe balancing out good and evil. It was down to individuals to take responsibility for their own behavior and make good choices.”
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About Angelena Boden
Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.
She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.
She is the author of two novels published by Urbane Publications (rights reverted) and two self-published cosy mysteries and a number of business books (Management Pocketbooks). Angelena is a regular blogger for a mental health publisher (Trigger) and Autumn Voices website which promotes authors over 60.
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