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Almost A Crime

Penny Vincenzi


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PUBLISHED: 25th January 2007
ISBN: 9780755332656
ANNOTATION:
Riches, secrets and a devastating betrayal - the irresistible novel from No. 1 bestselling author, Penny Vincenzi.
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  • Paperback
    $17.80
PUBLISHED: 25th January 2007
ISBN: 9780755332656
ANNOTATION:
Riches, secrets and a devastating betrayal - the irresistible novel from No. 1 bestselling author, Penny Vincenzi.

Annotation

Riches, secrets and a devastating betrayal - the irresistible novel from No. 1 bestselling author, Penny Vincenzi.

Publisher Description

Scandal, affairs and betrayal abound in ALMOST A CRIME by Penny Vincenzi - perfect for any fan of Kate Morton's The Lake House, or Harriet Evans' The Butterfly Summer.

'Deliciously readable' Mail on Sunday

Tom and Octavia Fleming have the perfect power marriage: he is a spin-doctor and she runs a consultancy to the charity industry. They are attractive, rich and successful. Then Octavia discovers Tom is having an affair, and both the discovery and the affair itself have consequences that are potentially fatal. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to terror and danger, and threatens to damage people's lives for ever.

Author Biography

Since her first novel, OLD SINS, was published in 1989, Penny Vincenzi has written twelve novels, most recently SHEER ABANDON, a massive Sunday Times" Number One bestseller in both hardback and paperback. After college she worked as a journalist, writing for The Times", Vogue" and Cosmopolitan "amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over four million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Penny Vincenzi is married, with four daughters, and lives in London.

Review

I defy any reader, once they've taken the smallest nibble, not to gobble it all down - Sunday Express

Like an illicit lover, I have been sloping off all week to snatch another hour's pleasure with ALMOST A CRIME - Jilly Cooper

Deliciously readable - Daily Mail

Kirkus US Review

A London charity czarina and her fabulous lobbyist husband run aground over the shallows of marital infidelity in this latest from British novelist Vincenzi (No Angel, 2003, etc.).Octavia Fleming is the kind of fashionable, well-connected working mother who manages both to enrich her power marriage with social contacts and to return home intact to tuck in her school-age twins and her baby. "Combine and Rule" is how the glossies treat the Flemings' marriage, although Octavia finds her professional integrity in danger of compromise when public-affairs consultant Tom Fleming suggests she throw her sensitive charity know-how into helping a developer construct a community center. Meanwhile, Octavia's businessman father, Felix Miller, detests Tom for taking his only daughter away from him (her mother died in childbirth), but tosses the son-in-law business from time to time; aging Felix has a longtime society live-in girlfriend, Marianne, who has to shuffle two teenaged daughters, Romilly and Zoe, as well as appease her temperamental lover. There is a cast of thousands in this busy, tedious novel, and once Octavia finds evidence of Tom's affair, she reveals as much to her father. Plus, she has to deal with the news that the mother of her best friend from college, Louise, is sick with cancer, while Tom seems to be pounding away at easing a proposed merger of charming player Nico Cadogan's financial group. Even politicians make a timely cameo here, in the form of Gabriel Bingham, a Labour leader who is also extremely attracted to the bereft Octavia. Yet Octavia simply can't resist loving her sexy husband. As for the prospect of being a stay-at-home mom: It would have left the restless, questing, ambitious Octavia "bored, depressed, and therefore, and inevitably, a bad mother."Vincenzi's fatally bloated novel nods to the sweet daddy-daughter partnership, and neatly compartmentalizes the guilt working women feel for leaving their children at home with nannies. (Kirkus Reviews)

Long Description

Scandal, affairs and betrayal abound in ALMOST A CRIME by Penny Vincenzi - perfect for any fan of Kate Morton's The Lake House , or Harriet Evans' The Butterfly Summer . 'Deliciously readable' Mail on Sunday Tom and Octavia Fleming have the perfect power marriage: he is a spin-doctor and she runs a consultancy to the charity industry. They are attractive, rich and successful. Then Octavia discovers Tom is having an affair, and both the discovery and the affair itself have consequences that are potentially fatal. For this is no ordinary affair, but one that leads to terror and danger, and threatens to damage people's lives for ever.

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Deliciously readable

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Riches, secrets and a devastating betrayal - the irresistible novel from No. 1 bestselling author, Penny Vincenzi.

Product Details

Author
Penny Vincenzi
Pages
736
Publisher
Headline Publishing Group
Year
2007
ISBN-10
0755332652
ISBN-13
9780755332656
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2007-01-25
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade