When stranger Jim Nealon walks into Lizzie Flynn's shop and proposes that she help him make his beautiful jigsaws, Lizzie agrees. It's a project that she can fit into her humdrum life without making too many changes. She's about to turn fifty - she could do with a distraction. Then, Jim shows her the photographs he intends to use. Now, the settled picture was that Lizzie's life is in the air, falling in a thousand different pieces. As she scrambles to put her life back together again, Lizzie is startled to realise that it can't be done. It was never a whole picture anyway. Too many of the pieces didn't fit. And one piece is missing. The "Jigsaw Maker" is the story of Lizzie's journey towards the truth.
Adrienne Dines was born in Dublin in 1959, and was educated in a series of convent schools in Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare and eventually Dublin. In 1976, Adrienne attended the University of Dublin, Trinity college, where she studied English, History and Psychology and met with some of Dublin's more colourful characters - Brendan Kennelly, David Norris and James Rickard. In 1981 Adrienne qualified as a secondary school teacher of English and History, but struggled to find work until a job opportunity resulted in a move to Weybridge, Surrey. Marriage to a BP oilman saw her packed off to Aberdeen for ten years where she taught in a variety of secondary schools, wrote poetry and speeches and gave birth to three sons. Now back in Weybridge, she is a contributor to parish and diocesan publications and a member of the American Women of Surrey Writers' Group. She is still a speechwriter - for world champion canoeists, social functions and even ordinations. Many of her speeches are delivered in verse as it affords her the freedom to 'blame it on the rhyme'. Adrienne's writing reflects a deep love of Ireland, its scenery and its people. The Jigsaw Maker marks Adrienne's return to writing after the success of her first novel Toppling Miss April published by Transita in 2005.