21 April 2011

Forgotten Book: GRIM PICKINGS, Jennifer Rowe

This week's Friday's Forgotten book for the meme hosted by Patti Abbott on Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books appears in my records for 1993.

GRIM PICKINGS was published in 1987, and became the basis of a TV mini-series in 1989.

Publisher's blurb
The old crowd had gathered at Aunt Alice's once again - to pick apples against a chilly orchard setting. Beneath the surface were the usual boiling jealousies, frustrations and uneasy gaps between the generations and in-laws. Or was there something different about this year?
Very much like a modern Agatha Christie novel; a "locked room" murder case where the only people who could have done it is a member of the family. Every member has something to hide, someone they're really not getting along with

GRIM PICKINGS introduced amateur sleuth Verity Birdwood, a TV researcher.
Grim Pickings (1988)
Murder by the Book (1989)
Death in Store (1991)
The Makeover Murders (1992)
Stranglehold (1993)
Lamb to the Slaughter (1996)

Australian author Jennifer Rowe is better known by the pseudonym Emily Rodda, and  she has had considerable success with children's novels, in particular The Deltora Quest series, and more recently the Rondo series.. As Emily Rodda she has a string of children's fiction awards spanning nearly 25 years.


Bernadette said...

One of my favourite oldies Kerrie, I always liked Verity Birdwood. There's a TV adaptation of this with Lorraine Bayley as the matriarch which I enjoyed too.

Anonymous said...

an author I've not read, but sounds like a pretty satisfying "country house" cozy. I may have to try it when the mood for one of those strikes (or perhaps such a mood merely nudges).


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