Veronica Stallwood Bibliography Example

After eighteen years, Veronica Stallwood is bringing to a close her series set in Oxford and featuring historical novelist, Kate Ivory. The fourteenth and final book, Oxford Ransom, is now published as an ebook for the Kindle and is available on Amazon websites.

As full of wit and incident as all Stallwood’s books, Oxford Ransom sees Kate searching for her agent, the sharp-tongued Estelle Livingstone, who has disappeared a few weeks after celebrating her lavish wedding. Estelle’s husband, a dealer in secondhand books who refuses to go to the police about his wife’s unscheduled absence, is perhaps not all he seems. And his brother looks even dodgier. Kate needs Estelle on her side if she’s to produce her breakthrough novel; her partner, Jon, is just as keen for her to give up writing and contemplate marriage and motherhood. Nothing in Kate’s life will be resolved until Estelle is found. Then Craig Jefferson, a friend of Jon’s, makes a timely entrance on to the scene and seems to fancy a bit of sleuthing himself.

Faithful readers will be hoping for the answers to a number of long-running questions. Will Kate complete her breakthrough novel? Will she ever settle down with Jon, or even with another of her men friends? Will she find the redoubtable Estelle and receive the encouragement she needs? What is happening to her mother, Roz? And how will Jon deal with Kate’s habit of interfering in other people’s lives?

It’s sad for both author and readers to say good-bye to long-running character but it’s time for Stallwood to explore new characters and landscapes. She is already working on a new psychological thriller, while mulling over ideas for a new series. This, she thinks, is likely to be a four- or five-book sprint rather than a fourteen-volume marathon.

Oxford Ransom by Veronica Stallwood. Published on Amazon for the Kindle, October 2011, at £5.75 (including VAT).

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Oxford Exit

Veronica Stallwood, Author Scribner Book Company $20 (184p) ISBN 978-0-684-19729-6
Vivacious, gutsy historical romance writer Kate Ivory takes on her third mystery (after Death and the Oxford Box), this time investigating the disappearance of a rare book-along with all the computerized catalogue information about it-from the vast Oxford library system. Readers know, well before Kate, that the computer hacker who stole this book and others has also stolen a dead friend's identity and has murdered an American library student at Oxford in the past year. The scene of the killing is the motorway's Oxford exit, which is what the hacker calls the computer technique he uses to steal books. Drawing on her experience at the Bodleian library, Kate meets a number of deftly limned likely suspects, stumbles on a cache of pornography (including a pop-up Kama Sutra) at St. Luke's and discovers a computer-hating dodderer who has been stealing Nancy Drew books from Kennedy House. With a bit of help from manly Detective Sgt. Paul Taylor, with whom she has a love-hate thing, Kate tracks down the book crook, who abducts her and forces her to drive to the Oxford exit. This witty, altogether admirable mystery is loaded with computer-age library lore. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1995
Release date: 03/01/1995
Paperback - 308 pages - 978-0-7472-4808-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7531-0329-6

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