When a retired spy’s peaceful life is threatened by a vengeful enemy from her past, she must decide whether to leap for safety or to fight to defend her warm spot by the fire.
Winciette Jenkins lives in Widegate Bay, a seaside town of fading gentility on the South Coast of Engand. She takes her ice-cream van to the promenade every day, winter and summer, and parks at a pitch in front of the beach huts. She bakes cakes, grows sweet peas, and has a cat called Belle. She is a middle-aged lady with a cat, who loves the rhythms and sounds of her gentle life, and is content to be seen as a stereotype.
But Winciette is both more and less than she seems. To start with, her name isn’t really Winciette Jenkins, it’s Etta Bishop, and she is in hiding; in hiding from the Met, in hiding from vengeance, in hiding from herself. And she has been living a half-life here in Widegate Bay, hiding in plain site for five years. Unrecognised. Unseen.
But all that is about to change. Someone is looking for her. A picture of her with her sister Sassy is being put up all over Widegate Bay, with a number to call and the offer of a reward. Few people would recognise the glamorous singer from twenty years ago as the dowdy ice-cream lady they see every day, but it only takes one person to see her clearly. And one person does. (Summary via Goodreads)
This is a great start to a new series. I liked reading this book. The Seaside town of Widegate Bay hooked and reeled me in with each chapter. I wanted to finish this book in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. There are so many twists and turns it makes for a fun and entertaining read.
You have a seemingly innocent ice cream lady, Winciette who is definitely not who she appears to be and a host of other characters to round out the bunch.
Winciette is trying to live a quiet life until a poster shows up all over town and people begin to ask questions. Will she and her wonderful kitty Belle stay and fight or leave? Little does she know that she doesn't have to do this alone. She comes to find that she has friends to help. She has Danny, a teenager that has an awful home life, Jack, an ex soldier that would never leave a man or in this case women behind and finally Ted Hicks who is the chairman of the Beach Hut Association. Together this bunch face all kinds of danger, adventure, intrigue, and find that not everything is as it seems.
I look forward to the next book in this series.
Review by Penny M.