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The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp by Leonie Swann: a review

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The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp by Leonie Swann

  • Category : Crime & Mystery
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Allison & Busby (21 Sept. 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0749030380
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0749030384
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The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp Summary

One murder to solve and another to cover up. It’ll be tricky, but the OAP residents of Sunset Hall are going to give it their best shot.

Sunset Hall is a house-share for the old and unruly, led by Agnes Sharp. It’s an eventful day when this group of idiosyncratic geriatrics gets a visit from the police to inform them of some shocking news: a body has been discovered next door. Everyone puts on a long face, but they are secretly relieved that the body in question is not the one they’re currently hiding in the shed (sorry about that, Lillith). Now the answer to their little problem with Lillith may have fallen into their laps. All they have to do is find out who murdered their neighbour, so they can pin Lillith’s death on them, thus killing two old birds with one stone.

To investigate, the group (not forgetting Hettie the tortoise) will venture into the not-so-idyllic village of Duck End and tangle with sinister bakers, broken stair lifts, inept criminals and their own dark secrets.

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The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp Review

I fell in love with this book, starting at the very beginning with the beautiful cover and printed tortoises on the pages.

Agnes Sharp is a wonderful character and surprisingly to many, set up her home for herself and other residents to escape the mental torture of a nursing home. They are all quirky characters and ones who were a joy to read about.

Unfortunately one of the residents is found dead and Agnes and her friends try to decipher the culprit without giving the police too much information.

I loved Hettie the pet tortoise and that she had her own part to tell in this story.

Leonie Swann has described the journey into and during old age well with each character displaying their own daily struggles and grievances.

The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp is a fun story with sweet characters. 

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About the Author

Leonie Swann’s debut novel, Three Bags Full, was an instant hit, topping the bestseller charts in her native Germany for months. It has since been translated into 26 languages. She has now published six books and lives in Cambridgeshire.

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