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False Pride–follow the money

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False Pride

by Veronica Heley

False PrideDo you like mysteries with very complicated plots? If so, then you’ll want to read Veronica Heley’s  False Pride. Bad things happen faster than the police can keep up with them, and Bea Abbot, owner of the Abbot Agency, an employment service, finds herself in the middle of events surrounding the mysterious and secretive Rycroft family. Is this a power play or could the motive be greed or maybe revenge? Is one person behind all the crimes? Bea is forced to unite forces with her ex-husband Piers as he too is unintentionally pulled into a slew of deadly happenings.

While Bea is trying to survive threats, violence, and home invasions, she also has to deal from afar with the willfulness of her precocious ward Bernice. Romance is in the air for some of the characters, but these personal affairs take a back seat to a series of crimes so involved that the main characters unite to create a timeline to try to piece together the information they have acquired in order to discover who is behind these robberies and deaths.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Severn House for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #12 in the Bea Abbot Agency Mystery Series, but works well as a standalone

Publication:   April 1, 2018—Severn House

Memorable Lines:

Magda reacted to difficult situations like cardboard in a downpour.

Piers managed to lever off the damaged hinges. They came away with a screech of tortured wood. It was a big, heavy door. The early Victorians had built to last. She wasn’t so sure that she would.

Bea reflected that there was no use getting at Piers for flirting. He didn’t mean it. It was something in the water. Charisma. Call it what you like. He didn’t do it on purpose.


  1. This one is extremely good. I don’t think it good enough for the Kindle price.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I couldn’t imagine what you meant, so I went online to see the purchase price. I couldn’t agree with you more. The Kindle price is outrageous.😱 Perhaps it will come down with time. The pattern seems to be that earlier books in a series are cheaper to suck you in and then they start charging more.🤔

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      • I wonder about it. Been thinking that ebooks are selling and the hardware not. An attempt to even the score.

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      • I have been wondering about other two books and just haven’t checked out the price. I get a special email about this book. I couldn’t believe it.

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      • lghiggins says:

        All of her more recent books seem to cost a lot for the Kindle versions. I agree that the publishers are probably trying to even out the costs so their bottom line does not drop. I remember when digital books first came out. I naively thought it would bring the price of books down. Not so! And you have to purchase the reader! Competition is really high in the publishing world. There are so many publishers and so many writers trying to self-publish.


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