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The Used Women's Book Club (edition 2004)

by Paul Bryers

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On the night the Used Women's Book Club meet to swap novels and exchange literary views, the husband of one of its members is being brutally murdered. It wasn't the first time Rob had borrowed the Spitalfields flat of his childhood friend Larry to conduct an adulterous fling, but whoever came to the door that night was wielding a vicious weapon. This leaves Larry with a number of problems. Not the least of which is to find someone to clean up the scene of the crime. Until he does he moves into his dad's old tug at Wapping Pier - joined at weekends by his six-year-old son, Ben. The grim wasteland of his youth has been transformed into the modern Docklands. But it seems to Larry, in a certain light and mood, 'as if all the luxury and wealth was so much designer stubble on the old sinner's face and it was still the secret haunt of Fagin and Bill Sykes'. Literary threads interweave this tense thriller. Virginia Woolf stalks its pages, along with Jack the Ripper, a crazed police detective and the spectre of an Avenging Angel.… (more)
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Title:The Used Women's Book Club
Authors:Paul Bryers
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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  wandering_star | Dec 20, 2009 |
Larry's friend Rob borrows his flat for an illicit affair and gets murdered in gruesome fashion. The women in Rob's life were all at a book group meeting - or were they?
A very enjoyable murder mystery with what to me is a 'feminine' feel. Interesting themes of female psyche, Jack the Ripper and Virginia Wolf make it an intriguing read. And there's a thoughtful and convincing twist in the tail. ( )
  debutnovelist | Jun 12, 2009 |
There are lots of excellent characters in this novel and the plot is superb – straight out of the books the characters are reading. A group of women get together to swap and read books, their book club has been mistakenly named The Used Women’s Group and they spend time explaining the ins and outs of this. However one night, one of the women’s husbands is brutally murdered in the home of his best friend Larry. Is there a link with the group or is it just random? Can he solve the crime?

The novel is set in London, around areas of literary interest and the reader is given a guided literary tour by the characters as to its history. This was enjoyable, making the book somewhat different to other novels in this genre. For some, this might be a predictable ‘whodunnit’ but I was left guessing almost right until the end as all the threads became unravelled. Very well written and a good one sitting read and an author who I’d happily read more by. ( )
  SmithSJ01 | Aug 26, 2008 |
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On the night the Used Women's Book Club meet to swap novels and exchange literary views, the husband of one of its members is being brutally murdered. It wasn't the first time Rob had borrowed the Spitalfields flat of his childhood friend Larry to conduct an adulterous fling, but whoever came to the door that night was wielding a vicious weapon. This leaves Larry with a number of problems. Not the least of which is to find someone to clean up the scene of the crime. Until he does he moves into his dad's old tug at Wapping Pier - joined at weekends by his six-year-old son, Ben. The grim wasteland of his youth has been transformed into the modern Docklands. But it seems to Larry, in a certain light and mood, 'as if all the luxury and wealth was so much designer stubble on the old sinner's face and it was still the secret haunt of Fagin and Bill Sykes'. Literary threads interweave this tense thriller. Virginia Woolf stalks its pages, along with Jack the Ripper, a crazed police detective and the spectre of an Avenging Angel.

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