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Cliffhanger by Tim Binding


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  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
Cliffhanger is an eccentric literary novel set in contemporary Little England: middle-aged taxi driver Al Greenwood executes the carefully planned murder of his wife Audrey, pushing her off a cliff into the sea.

Exhilarated and exuberant after the killing, he returns home – only to find Audrey is waiting for him, but a completely different Audrey, an exciting sensualist with a lusty appetite for all the pleasures she once distained.

Al is delighted – except for one thing: who was it exactly that he pushed over a cliff in mistake for his wife? ( )
  adpaton | Sep 30, 2008 |
Middle class modern England, quaint village by the sea with some lovely cliffs: here we meet Al Greenwood and his wife Audrey. This story is told from the perspective of Al. Initially we find out that Al has had enough of his wife and it’s time to be rid of her and he intends to do this by pushing her off a cliff; that’s the plan anyway! Another young lady called Miranda disappears at the same time. You’ll have to read it to find out how she fits into the story.

It’s a mystery and comedy rolled into one. Al is a very strange character; well actually everyone in this book is strange! Al loves his Asagi koi carp (Torvill & Dean) and finds himself in the company of a local policeman that can also see the finer side of fish! The neighbour Alice Blackstock, otherwise known as Mrs Poke Nose, seems like an old hippy at heart and when she makes stuffing to accompany the pork chops at a dinner party we can wonder what her secret ingredient is that means they take 10 minutes to chew through and why are they so irresistible? This book is really funny and one can’t help at times feeling a bit sorry for Al, but at the same time thinking he’s a selfish prize idiot. They certainly are a wonderful set of characters to follow and the tale of Kim out at night with a lady roaming the countryside had me in stitches.

It certainly feels like a right English romp and there is so much to find funny in this book and I would definitely recommend it as it’s a lovely read.

Review also here:
http://bookannelid.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/cliffhanger-by-t-j-middleton-tim-bin... ( )
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"Al Greenwood lives in a bungalow by the sea. His passions, in no particular order, are his Vanden Plas motorcar; his well-kept caravan (perfect for assignations): and his two Koi carp. But for now Al has something more pressing on his mind." "His wife, Audrey, has got too much, and Al wants her gone. But she is tenacious, despite his best efforts, and Al's nosey neighbours are also beginning to sniff around. There's Mrs. Poke Nose spying from the tree at the bottom of her garden; Kim the fisherman, catcher of the town's oldest lobster and lover of Miranda (also close to Al's heart); and Detective Inspector Rump, whose instinct for human beings comes a poor second to his instinct for fish." "How will Al evade his neighbours? Can he really orchestrate a cover-up of a cover-up? And what really happened that day on the cliff?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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