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“I've read this before sometime in the past, I didn't remember how it ended, but I kept remembering bits of it.”Rebecca wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The story opens with Bea Abbot returning from an around the world trip. Though she left with her ill husband, she returns alone, having lost him in New Zealand. She arrives at the London airport to find that though she expected her son Max to meet her, he was not there. Exhausted, she gets a taxi to her home, ready to fall into bed, only to find a welcome home party arranged by her son greets her.
When her husband first fell ill, they had both retired from the Agency they ran, turning it over to her son. He was then elected to public office, and they had made a decision to close it down. When she arrived home she finds that her son is winding it down, and there is a girl, Maggie, and a young man Oliver, living in her house. They had been helping in closing the Agency, and were scheduled to finish a couple of weeks in that effort.
One thing that was not entirely clear is what kind of company exactly the Abbot Agency is. It’s not a detective agency. The closest description just said that they had solved problems for clients in distress.
An old friend of Bea’s comes to her with a problem. Max, in the agency’s name had recommended her to cater for a charity function. She did, and for a second function for the same people. She had not been paid for these jobs, and was in danger of having to go out of business. The last thing Bea wants is to get involved in the Agency again, but she can’t see her friend in trouble. It turns out that other vendors had not been paid by this charity and it looks like a long running scam has occurred. With the help of Maggie, Oliver and her ex-husband Piers, Bea tracks down the scammers and sees that everyone gets paid. In doing so, she realizes that she doesn’t want to retire to some sea-side cottage; she wants to reopen the Agency, and continue on with the job.
This is the first book of the Abbot Agency series, and I’m sure there will be more clarification of the exact mission of the Agency, along with conflicts with Bea’s family.