The Gangster's Wife

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The Gangster's Wife, a quirky crime comedy, is published by Anne Brooke Books.

When 53-year-old Elise Walker returns home after a day at the office to find her husband Gerald dead of a heart attack, she doesn't expect a visit from the police with revelations about Gerald's secret life.

Soon, however, her own life takes a distinctive turn for the surreal, with missing loot, online crime and curious neighbours the least of her problems. Not to mention trying to deal with never-ending funeral arrangements and stay on top of her job.

Thank goodness then for the support of her ever-reliable boss, Hugh. But will even he turn against her when she decides to contact Gerald's former gang members to find out more? And what is the real significance of the note Gerald left her? Most important of all, if Elise ever finds the money, will she be able to keep it?

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You can read an interview about The Gangster’s Wife and my writing at Cheryl Holloway’s blog“I’m a strong believer in the power women have to change their lives, make their own decisions and do something completely different to what everyone expects."


"Another good read from Anne Brooke. I always enjoy authors doing something different and this is a deviation from others of Brooke's that I've read. I recommend The Gangster's Wife for people who enjoy a British setting, humour, and narrative - because that's what you get. Crime in Surrey? Please, how un-Surrey-like … Nice reading to put your feet up and have a cuppa with." (Read the rest of this 4-star review at On Top Down Under Reviews)

"The Gangster's Wife, by Anne Brooke, was not only an excellent read, but a bit on the realistic side as well. I found this book to be so relatable because it does happen in the real world. Many wives go through their marriages being so completely unsure of what their spouse is up to, until someone comes knocking on their door … I loved the character developments in this story, and the character of Elise is exciting as well. I was engrossed in this one from start to finish, and would definitely recommend it." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon US)

"The story has a unique twist as it unfolds completely through Elise's mind, eyes and heart. Her quest to find out the truth about her husband's secrets and missing money makes for light-hearted humor in the midst of sadness. Overall an excellent novel that keeps the reader entertained." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon US)

"I loved this book! It was thrilling and kept me wanting to find out more along with the main character … Well written for anyone to enjoy!" (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon US)

"I absolutely loved this book because it was engrossing, fast and very realistic … It is the kind of book that you can put down and think to yourself: 'Ok, who do I know that is leading a double life?'" (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon US)

"Love, love, love this book! Elise is a woman I totally relate to … The book was beautifully worded and moved right along without lingering on its beautiful prose … Read this book. You won't be disappointed." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon US)

"Like a great movie … I would recommend it to anyone who wants to escape in a weird, but catchy story." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon)

"I absolutely loved this book, very fast paced and interesting story! It is a fun read! I did not want to put this book down! Thanks, Anne Brooke, for a great read." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon)

"A very interesting read! Loved the main character, Elise, who reminded me of an English actor, Penelope Keith. Penelope played Margery in The Good Life, a 1975 British Comedy series …" (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon)

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