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I live in Bristol UK literary fiction and crime are my books of choice and when not reading I like to run

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Remain Silent
Susie Steiner
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Standing Still: A Scottish police procedural (An Anderson & Costello Mystery) - Caro Ramsay

DCI Anderson and DI Costello are investigating the disappearance of a young lady called Paige Riley, and trying to make sense of girl who believes she has been abducted by aliens. As this is happening the body of a man is discovered in a refuse bin. There is also the ongoing search for Paul Kerr whose mother Irene fears that he may be the body in the bin. This was not a story I particularly enjoyed and at times I found the writing somewhat confusing. Having said that I did love the events and residents of Athole House.."home for the retired stars of stage and screen" and in particular the Duchess who was looked after and cared for by her son and care assistant Sandra..."He always dressed the Duchess in the style of the women she admired; Jackie Onassis, the Queen, Walls Simpson..." The intentions of Sandra and the hilarity and sadness of the paying elderly guests were to me the high points in a plot that I found at times very difficult to engage with..."Enjoy the scenery as you fill up your incontinence pads and ring bells that nobody ever answers so you are left to rot and decay in some old stinking armchair, the TV left on,  sound blaring and the same episode of Deal or No Deal playing over and over again..."  Thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.