The Silver Rose Dating Agency by Angelena Boden

The Silver Rose Dating Agency

When lonely widow Kitty Merriweather moves to Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, she joins the Silver Rose online dating site because it offers a safe place for the over sixties to find romance.

There, she meets the enigmatic Harvey, a scientist working on a conservation project in Bali who promises her “hot days and stormy nights.”

Love blooms quickly but Kitty breaks all the rules laid down by the agency, putting herself at risk. When little things don’t add up she dismisses them as being unimportant. Nothing matters more than her plans for them to live happily ever after.

When she confides in her new friend, Edna Reid, octogenarian and former café owner, Kitty gets angry at Edna’s implication she is likely the victim of a scam. The more Edna hears about Harvey, the more she is convinced he’s only interested in Kitty for her money.

Using her knowledge of computers Edna finally uncovers the truth, but where does black magic and murder fit into this intriguing cosy mystery?


My review

This books makes for an interesting read, and it’s actually quite dark, much more so than the rather jolly cover might suggest! There’s a lot of very raw grief and some distinctly unsavoury skulduggery going on.

Kitty and Edna are the two main characters. Edna is the more proactive and likeable of the two, although we do care what happens to Kitty. She’s a little prickly and decidedly naïve, but she’s genuine and, quite frankly, deserves a bit of fun now that the boring Bob is six feet under.

The writing is sharply witty with wonderful imagery. The story flows along at quite a pace, especially considering the age of the protagonists!

There are quite a lot of characters to get to grips with, but each is so distinct and unique that you don’t get confused between them.

Much to enjoy.


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Author bio

Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.

She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.

She is the author of two novels published by Urbane Publications (rights reverted) and two self-published cosy mysteries and a number of business books (Management Pocketbooks). Angelena is a regular blogger for a mental health publisher (Trigger) and Autumn Voices website which promotes authors over 60.

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