“The main character is a bit like Agatha Raisin - somewhat unlikable but you still root for her anyway” – Goodreads reviewer.
When fifty-something year old Marianne Parmenter retires from running a successful graphic design business, she envisages a spectacular few years of doing absolutely nothing other than nosing around the waterways of rural England. She dreams of long, lazy days on The Wanderer, her 40 foot canal boat, cruising along at a graceful pace.
One day, she draws the boat up near the small, picturesque village of Wyevale, and against her best intentions, immediately begins to make friends. Mrs. P, as the villagers insist on calling her, begins to have nagging doubts over her solitary lifestyle. This notion is reinforced after an unfortunate local death when she happens to bump into a special friend from the past; a police inspector called Paul Ryle.
Six months later, drawn inescapably into village life, Mrs. P realises the proverbial moss is beginning to grow on her boat's hull, and despite the apparent tranquility of the village, something is nagging at the back of her under-worked mind; something to do with that recent death.
Set amidst the backdrop of a small, quintessentially English village, Mrs. P is drawn into a series of events which threaten her pedestrian lifestyle and postpone her retirement plans a little longer.