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Wolf Pear

The serial killer

The psychic detective

The deadly garden that holds all the secrets

Latest Review (2017) – Jacqui MurrayVine Voice

Creative storyteller with amazing descriptive skill – five stars

We meet Esther Crooke, the heroine of Dianne Gray’s Wolf Pear (Amazon Digital Services 2011) as she is burying a dead body in her backyard. As she finishes, her family arrives for a short visit and spends most of the time berating her for being overweight and single. This despite Esther’s success at starting and running her own bakery. We quickly find out Esther is part of a very odd family.

“He promised to return it [something Esther’s father borrowed] and must have driven by that afternoon and thrown it out of the car window on his way past because he couldn’t be bothered stopping. He always did things like that.”

Her sister allows her baby to fountain urine into the air while she’s changing him–and thinks it’s cute. Her mother tries to match-make Esther wth an ex-con by inviting him to breakfast at Esther’s house:

“Danny Thurlong scratched at his egg-shaped head. His hair was cut short at the top and stringy… Danny agreed as a piece of toast flicked from his mouth back onto his plate.”

I cheered when Esther rejected Danny:

“‘It’s been nice meeting you, but it’s time to leave and please don’t come back.’ His mouth hung open like a cave. ‘But, I fought…’ ‘Don’t think. Just leave.’”

Luckily, she does get relief from this odious family while working, though the dead body buried in her garden continues to haunt her.

But Esther isn’t the whole story. There’s JD, the troubled policemen taking a compassionate leave in an effort to make peace with the murder of his brother. JD, who can’t stand human touch but can talk to dead people, voices that seek him out, begging him to bring justice to their murderers. Despite being on vacation from work, he quickly realizes that the man who killed his brother is a serial killer and it’s up to JD to stop him.

Both JD and Esther are appealing multidimensional characters. They have guts and humility despite their inter-personal problems. Besides creative plotting and strong storytelling skills, what sets Gray’s writing apart is her rich descriptions, like few I’ve read:

“Mossy rocks and bird-catching spider-webs marred his path. Parrots exploded from the trees like green and red fireworks. The only narrow corner he could find wasn’t as narrow as he expected. It was deep and traversed by a dirt road used by anglers to launch small dinghies.”

“…trees like tired soldiers tranquilly watched him pass without a breath of wind.”

Highly recommended for those who like understanding the people behind the story.

Wolf Pear

More Amazon reviews

“It is captivating, enthralling, has great pacing, relatable narrators, intrigue, suspense and an amazing storyline. 

“The ending ties everything together in a most unexpected but satisfying way. 

“Pick up Wolf Pear today! 

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  1. susannairn / Sep 19 2012 8:45 am

    I just bought this for my Kindle and can’t put it down. I love your writing style. I’m glad WordPress helped me find you on the other side of the world!!

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2012 3:09 pm

      Aww – thank you so much. I feel very flattered! You’ve made my day 😀

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  2. Jill Weatherholt / May 3 2013 10:43 pm

    After reading Marcia’s review and the Amazon reviews, I might have to break down and buy myself a Kindle. I can’t break the paper book habit! 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 4 2013 6:40 am

      It is available in paperback, Jill – but for some reason the kindle sells far more copies. I gave in last year and got an android Ipad thingy and I’ve never looked back (because it’s light and I can carry 100 books at once!) LOL 😀

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      • Jill Weatherholt / May 4 2013 8:14 am

        I only saw the Kindle version on Amazon. Did I miss something or should I go to another site? I know, once I bite the bullet and purchase an e-reader I’ll be asking myself why I ever waited so long. Besides, my bookcases are overflowing and the piles of books are taking over the house. 🙂

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      • diannegray / May 5 2013 5:16 am

        It’s available on LULU http://www.lulu.com/shop/dianne-gray/wolf-pear/paperback/product-16270620.html

        I’m not very good at selling myself because I should probably say my books are available in paperback somewhere on my blog 😦

        I know what you mean about too many books. When we moved back up to the tropics I bought ten boxes of books with me and haven’t unpacked them yet – yikes!

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  3. Jill Weatherholt / May 5 2013 8:38 am

    LOL! Maybe I should tell everyone! 🙂 Thanks for the link! Well, you’ve been too busy working on your home to be unpacking books ~ they can wait. 🙂

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  4. karenblopezkaren / Jul 11 2013 5:14 am

    love, love, love it, Dianne!!

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    • diannegray / Jul 11 2013 5:33 am

      Oh – Thank you SO much! You’ve made my day 😀

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  5. billyraychitwood1 / Oct 23 2014 8:19 am

    Author pure! xo

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  6. Coffee2words / Oct 25 2014 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the plug to my review Dianne!

    It’s really a great book! Good to see you around the blogosphere 🙂

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    • diannegray / Oct 26 2014 6:37 am

      No problems at all. All your reviews are very well thought out and honest 😀

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