Lina has been in care all her life, but when she comes across a page from a rare 16th century book that she remembers from early childhood, she snaps up the chance to buy it. If she can locate the rest of the book, maybe she can find her father. But in the ensuing weeks a series of burglaries and attacks occur. What has Lina uncovered?
|Publisher:||Allison & Busby, Limited|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Prize-winning short-story writer Judith Cutler is the author of over twenty novels, including two acclaimed crime series set in the murkier depths of Birmingham. Her latest standalones show there’s no escaping crime in the countryside either. Judith has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham University, and has run writing courses elsewhere, including a maximum-security prison and an idyllic Greek island. Having nurtured colleagues as the Secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association, she now devotes her free time to growing organic vegetables. Find out more about Judith Cutler by visiting her website at iwww.judithcutler.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First Line: QUALITY ANTIQUES FAIR.Happiness finally finds Lina Townend at the ripe old age of nineteen. After being in foster care all her life, she's living with kind-hearted old antiques dealer Griff and becoming a very deft hand at restoring old china. There's only one thing missing: no matter the consequences, Lina wants to find her real father.When Lina comes across a page from a very rare old book that she remembers from her early childhood, she buys it. Her memory of the book and of the room she was in is so vivid that she's convinced that, if she can find the book, she'll find her father. However, what she seems to have done is stir up a hornet's nest of violent burglaries and attacks. Something tells Lina that she's found more than a link to her father, and she refuses to stop searching until she's found all the answers.I firmly believe that each reader has a distinct interior voice with its own cadence and phraseology. If we're very lucky, we find authors who tap into this so that reading their books becomes an effortless extension of our thoughts.I have been lucky because author Judith Cutler has tapped into my own interior voice so that, in reading one of her books, my thoughts are the main character's thoughts; my voice the main character's voice-- a completely natural process that doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd like.I'm always on the look-out for books by Cutler, so when the first book in the Lina Townend mystery series fell into my hands, I jumped at the chance to read it, especially since Lina is in the antiques business.It's easy to empathize with Lina; she's so bright and self-effacing. Cutler has a knack for drawing sympathetic characters from fractured backgrounds who have personal demons they must overcome. After going through the revolving door of foster homes so many times she's lost count, it is wonderful to see how love and kindness make this young woman blossom.Combine marvelous characterization with a plot full of twists and turns, and Drawing the Line becomes a true pleasure to read. Lina may be young, she may be troubled, she may be naive, but you can't help but cheer on someone who's so determined to succeed: "Hang on: I was not about to be a victim. I was going to think my way through this." You also can't help but become a bit misty-eyed when someone like Lina bursts into tears and says, "It's just so rare...to meet someone who is what he says he is and does what he promises."I'm hoping you'll make Lina's acquaintance and become as big a fan of Judith Cutler as I am. Go on. You know you want to!
Lina is an orphan, informally apprenticed to antique dealer Griff, however her past is starting to catch up with her, what will she do when she finds her father and who's attacking them and what do they want. A slightly above par mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is interesting and clever and I didn't figure out any part of the mystery. I learned quite a bit about antiques and those who restore and deal in them. The characters were truly wonderful and so believable that I felt as if I knew them. The descriptions of the shops and villages and houses were so detailed that the book almost ran like a movie in my mind as I read it. My only criticism is that the author often jumps from locations and scenes and conversations to other locations and scenes and conversations with no indication and I'd have to backtrack to see where we were and with whom. Let me warn you that this book is written in the first person, and it's British so there are a lot of words and phrases that might throw you off if you're not familiar with all things British. I had no problem at all, but I'd hate this book to get a negative review because a reader didn't expect that and wasn't happy. That said, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, interesting stories and great characters. I'd love to read further adventures of Lina and Griff.