An appeal too far?

I was pleased to welcome back Margaret Mills for her regular book review today.

Her book choice this time was “THE APPEAL” by JANICE HALLETT.

The book is unusual in that the reader is asked to discover details of the crime and sort out the evidence from the information provided, which is mainly in the form of text messages and emails.

Set in the small town of Lockwood, the family around which much of the community revolves are Martin and Helen Hayward, who run The Grange Gold and Country Club, and are also leading figures in The Fairway Players, an amateur dramatic society in which Helen always plays the lead. The group is currently engaged in staging Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, when one of the cast members tragically dies whilst another member is currently in prison for the crime.

Roderick Tanner QC, of Tanner and Dewey LLP, gives law students Olufemi Hassan and Charlotte Holroyd a bundle of papers, emails and messages for them to go through in the hope that the  innocence of the imprisoned individual can be proved, and that the identity of the real killer can be found within this bundle of papers.  

The narrative is comprised of these papers and the discussions and theories are considered by Femi and Charlotte but the reader too is therefore offered the opportunity to identify the killer.

So listen here to Margaret’s views on this book and then decide if this is a tale for you: –

Before that we heard about the unusual methods being adopted in Vienna to try to encourage the uptake of Covid vaccinations.

Yes incredibly The Fun Palast brothel in the Austrian capital Vienna has launched an “exchange” programme where customers can enjoy 30 minutes with a “lady of their choice” in exchange for getting a coronavirus vaccine.


Manager of the establishment, Peter Vaskaris said: “Due to the pandemic, we have registered a halving of our client base but using this initiative we hope to reverse the trend and get things back on the “up”.

He went on to say that statistics show that very many men, are either refusing to get vaccinated or don’t even know that they can be vaccinated.

Since this is are target group we decided to set up a vaccination clinic here.

An employee, known as Mina, supporting the initiative said, Our name The Fun Palast suggests that this is the right place to have a bit of fun and return back to normality as quickly as possible.”

And a  customer known only as GERHARD said that his visit there had inspired others to “do the same”.

Sex workers in the country were particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis financially and were entitled to benefits from the hardship fund as self-employed people.

Well there you go!

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