• Title: This Little Piggy
  • Author: Bea Davenport
  • ISBN: 9781909878617
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Little Piggy A gripping look at a community in turmoil struggling through a miners strike and now rocked by a child s murderIt s the summer of and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows esta
    A gripping look at a community in turmoil, struggling through a miners strike and now rocked by a child s murderIt s the summer of 1984 and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby and tension is growing due to the ongoing miners strike Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as poA gripping look at a community in turmoil, struggling through a miners strike and now rocked by a child s murderIt s the summer of 1984 and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby and tension is growing due to the ongoing miners strike Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as police botch the inquiry and struggle to contain the escalating violence Haunted by a personal trauma she can t face up to, Clare is shadowed by nine year old Amy, a bright but neglected little girl who seems to know about the incident than she s letting on As the days go on and the killer is not found, Clare ignores warnings not to get too close to her stories and in doing so, puts her own life in jeopardy.

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    1. I really never would have noticed this book except for Margitte's review. I'm so glad she brought it to my attention.It really was a unique story. It takes place in 1984 while the miner's strikes are going on in Britain. Clare is a reporter who was passed over for a job promotion at her newspaper. So she begins to try and become "super-reporter". She takes on the story of a baby's death at the local slums called Sweetmeadows. Is the baby's death related to his father's recently coming off the pi [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book, it made it more interesting to me being set in the North East of England where I come from and live. This is one of a few books that I have read this year set around the time of the difficult Miners Strikes that crippled England in the 1980's. It's a time when man was pitted against man and the miners were pitted against the police and Thatcher's government. Nobody won really. That's the truth.Written in a very engaging style, this book has a steady pace all the way t [...]

    3. This is a psychological thriller beyond belief!In 1984, the coal miners of Britain went on a strike that eventually would take two to three generations to recover from.Clare Jackson is a reporter who missed a promotion due to personal reasons and had to recover from both events happening simultaneously while being sent on an investigation into the death of a nine month old baby, Jamie, on the housing estate where many of the miners resided.She is a reporter for a local newspaper in the North Eas [...]

    4. This Little Piggy by Bea Davenport was a very good novel it got me in from the very first page the characters were strong & i thought Amy Hedley was written with sensitivity & grace i really loved her character .In The summer of 1984 a little boys body was thrown over a balcony during a miners strike, the residents of Sweet Meadows Estate were becoming uneasy about the murder.Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as the police bungle the investigation & struggle to contain the e [...]

    5. This is a really good read set in 1984 during the miners’ strike. Journalist Clare Jackson is following the unsolved murder of Jamie, a nine month old baby, and tensions are running high, both on the housing estate where the baby and his family lived and on the picket line where the atmosphere between the strikers and the police is becoming increasingly volatile.I really liked Clare and the way she was constantly on the go, following leads and filing her stories, whilst all the time there is s [...]

    6. Posted toTheLiteraryLawyer Could be a Great Series - 4I don't know if the author plans to make this a series but I would happily follow the adventures of the young journalist, Clare Jackson. On the whole, the book was entertaining but I have been struggling with a rating for this book. Part of the issue is the story and main character are strikingly similar to Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan Trilogy. While the author is skilled, she does not yet display Mina's skill. Regardless, I was entertained and [...]

    7. There isn't anything I didn't like about this book. I loved it from beginning to end. Not once did I get bored, not once did I sit and think "Oh I have to review this book". In fact, each time I had to place it down because I was needed to do others things I resented my time away from the story and couldn't wait to get back to it, it was like having a movie on pause. You hate interruptions!This Little Piggy.I wondered how the title was chosen and how it would play out [if at all] in the story.I [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book, it made it more interesting to me being set in the North East of England where I come from and live. This is one of a few books that I have read this year set around the time of the difficult Miners Strikes that crippled England in the 1980's. It's a time when man was pitted against man and the miners were pitted against the police and Thatcher's government. Nobody won really. That's the truth.Written in a very engaging style, this book has a steady pace all the way t [...]

    9. In This Little Piggy the backdrop of the miner’s strike is ever-present on the Sweetmeadows Estate where many of the men are striking miners, and those that have broken the strike are derided in public and hounded in private. The police are wary of the residents for this very reason but they have no choice but to become involved when baby James is found dead near the bins but they struggle to find a motive let alone a suspect for the killing of a baby.Claire Jackson is a reporter on the local [...]

    10. The second novel I have read from this author and this was a beautifully written, evocative of the times and compelling mystery story with some great characters and an excellent flow to it – I read it basically in one sitting, and very much enjoyed it.Clare Jackson is a fascinating character – told from her point of view, with her background and attitude informing her decision making, this was an often haunting tale set against the backdrop of the Miners Strike with all the emotion and fervo [...]

    11. *NetGalley book review*This was a great psychological thriller that puts you right in the middle of hard times with miner's on strike and also a mysterious death of a baby. If any story I had read so far this year was a god who-dun-it, as I call it, this one would be it! Beautifully written and with such great detail this was an excellent book.

    12. WHOA!!!!!I can say no more right now apart from, that was amazing. One of them books where you read it and then you are left just staring at the wall with your mouth open for a few minutes. A review of this book will be written this weekend.This psychological thriller is set in 1984, at the time of the coal miners strike in Britain. This strike had a huge impact on close net communities and would take a good couple of generations to recover from.A main character that the story is centered around [...]

    13. A special thank you to Legend Press and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Bea Davenport’s THIS LITTLE PIGGY is a riveting and compelling psycho thriller, centered on the murder of a baby, and the devastating times of political unrest, turmoil, poverty, tragedy, and tension of the Miner’s Strike.In 1984, times were difficult during the Miner’s Strike, leaving England in disarray. There is trouble at the Sweetmeadows estate, where screams were not u [...]

    14. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!Clare Jackson, journalist, investigates the death of nine year old baby-boy. She meets Amy, 9 year old neglected kid with head full of stories. Amy seems to know what happened to infant and piece by piece she tells the story to Clare, but is it true?The development of characters during the whole novel is really amazing. I had a problem with Clare at the beginning, she seemed a little unnatural to me, like a hybrid of heroi [...]

    15. Bea Davenport has offered up a murder mystery that will keep you on your toes and one you will most likely want to read in a day or less. Her characters are flawed yet likeable; the writing straightforward.Clare is an ambitious reporter for a small newspaper, not in the best of health due to a secret something she has recently endured. It is Margaret Thatcher's 1980's, and the coal strike has gone on far longer than expected. Nerves are on end and money is short. The baby of one of the miners wh [...]

    16. This book was set in the troubled miners strike. A nine month old baby is murdered and shocks the community. The police investigation doesn’t go well and a journalist called Clare is following the story. Tensions are really high and the police are struggling to contain the violence.Clare finds herself drawn into the investigation and puts herself in danger. She speaks to a little girl called Amy- who has had a really sad life herself.It was a real page turner and I’m keen to read more by thi [...]

    17. Clare is a journalist who is dealing with a host of difficulties in her career and personal life when the story of a murdered baby hits her desk. It's the summer of 1984, the miner's are striking, and the impoverished neighborhood of Sweetmeadows was already buzzing with tension before the baby's death. With the residents brimming with suspicion of outsiders, Clare finds her best source is a nine year old little girl named Amy who claims to have witnessed the whole heartbreaking event. Though in [...]

    18. This Little Piggy is a great read that engages you from the beginning and keeps the momentum up until the end. Set against the backdrop of a troubled North East housing estate during the miners strike of the 1980's. Claire Jackson is a reporter following the suspicious death of a 9 month old baby. There are a number of strands to the novel that maintain the interest over and above the search for the child's killer. What is the unspoken reason for Claire failing to attend for interview which mean [...]

    19. Thanks to Netgalley and Legend Press for my review copy of this book.It is 1984. Thatcher is in power and the miners are on strike. Clare Jackson is a journalist reporting on crime for the local newspaper. A baby dies in suspicious circumstances on the neglected and impoverished Summermeadows council estate. Clare is soon on the case and is drawn to a young child, Amy, residing there. Clare is eager to prove herself and goes out of her way to cover the miners’ strike and to work out what happe [...]

    20. This book's storyline was so extremely similar to Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already read that book. As it was, I felt like I was just reading a slightly different version of it, which made it predictable and fairly dull.This book is about a reporter, Clare, reporting on an ongoing child murder mystery, similarly to how reporter Camille reports on an ongoing murder case involving children in Sharp Objects. Similarly to Camille, Clare makes a lot of r [...]

    21. Clare Jackson is a reporter on a local newspaper. Passed over for promotion as Chief Reporter when she is unable to attend the interview, she is given a local patch to report on instead. When a baby is murdered, she becomes involved with residents from the notorious Sweetmeadows Estate. In particular, she strikes up a friendship with little Amy, a 9 year old girl with a difficult home life who claims to have seen the murderers.Set in 1984 during the time of the miners strike, Bea Davenport does [...]

    22. This book is set at a time when I was undertaking my Training Contract based in North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire; it was the time of "Silver Birch" and the striking/non-striking miners. I felt that the mood of the time was very well reflected in this book and, for me, provided a brooding undercurrent.Perhaps because the writing in this area was so strong I was disappointed by the main character and her blindness to what was around her, especially as she was meant to be such a perceptive jour [...]

    23. Right from the onset, the story pulls you in. It's tragedy that you just can't look away from. There are so many levels to this story. So much deceit. The multiple plot points are masterfully woven together. So many sides in this story and you are torn which way to sway. This story elicits empathy on a very personal level. It pulls one way, then the other, racing towards a conclusion that you both dread and cannot pass up. Even when you know the ending, you don't want to believe it. You've been [...]

    24. This is a cleverly-written novel and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The 80s setting, the fictional Sweetmeadows estate, and the background of the miners' strike give the book an authentic feel, and the main characters are both likeable and realistic. Clare, Joe, and little Amy have to deal with a horrific situation - the book begins with the murder of a baby - and we can empathise only too well as the story continues. Not to be missed!

    25. Brilliant book its about a journalist who gets involved in a case of a baby been murdered and she befriends a young girl who knows more about the murder than shes saying gritty book.enjoyed reading this book recommend to crime lovers worth reading.won this book on .

    26. The first part of this book was pretty slow, but mid-story to the ending, it was quite engrossing. This is a great mystery! It had my head spinning with all of the possible suspects for murder. Excellent readI received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

    27. A little bit on the fence with this one. The story is set against the back drop of the miners' strike in the 1980's. A baby is found dead on a council estate where many of the residents are struggling with the effects of the strike: little money, picketing, some miners deciding to cross the picket line etc.Clare and Joe are two young journalists trying to gather stories and make their mark in the newspaper business. They have each other's backs, share stories and sources. They hear about the dis [...]

    28. Good character development and interesting time period regarding the miner's strike. Really predictable and a little far-fetched at times.

    29. I received this title from NetGalley and Legend Press for a free review. Clare Jackson is a journalist in 1984, passed over for a promotion after she failed to appear for an interview, offering only “I was ill” as a reason for not showing up. The catty and snide deputy news director, aptly named Sharon Catt, then gives Clare the Sweetmeadows Estate as her patch. Sweetmeadows is the type of place most communities have where the residents are cast offs, much like the grounds and dwellings wher [...]

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