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Blog Tour: Gilding the Lily – Justine John*

A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

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After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat…

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My thoughts:

This was a clever, twisted thriller about family and gaslighting and getting even.

Evelyn is a monstrous creation, gold digging (although she owns about 8 homes), probably murdered her last 2 husbands, possibly poisoning Roger, definitely twisting the truth and manipulating the situation.

Luckily Amelia and Jack see right through her lies and deceptions, and eith the help of a few friends determine to sort her out.

I did not see the twist at the end coming at all, it was very well played. An enjoyable read, and seeing the villain get her comeuppance is always satisfying.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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