I've Got Your Number: A Novel

Hardcover | February 14, 2012

bySophie Kinsella

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I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!
 
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
 
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
 
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

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I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!   Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily...

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the stand-alone novels Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, and Twenties Girl. She lives in England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.52 × 5.81 × 1.37 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Interesting plot! I somehow predicted the ending.....the climax was a page turner. Ladies ladies....try it out.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've got your number Great book. Fun to read easy to get attached to the script. Can't wait for her next book.
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Got Your Number FUNNY jumps off every page. My favourite Sophie Kinsella book yet!
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, light, and fun read This book was very light and fun to read. It was definitely a page turner. I never felt a dull moment.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great! Poppy loses her engagement ring, a family heirloom from her fianc?e Magnus and is going a little crazy trying to find out where it is. Not only is her ring lost, her phone gets stolen right from her hands. Talk about bad luck! So when she spots a phone in a garbage bin, she takes it as her own not knowing that it capitulates her into a quirky yet special relationship with Sam, a business man. Sophie?s writing always catches my heart because of the cute story lines, characters and adorable dialogue. This is chick lit at its finest and Sophie is queen. There?s just enough plot to keep the pages turning and enough twists and turns to say, ?How the heck did I miss that?? Sophie is a genius when she writes her main characters. Poppy is just as funny, good-natured and hysterical as Becky from the Shopaholic series. Combined with the main character, the secondary characters only add support and even more laughs. Not to mention the leading man Sam, who is as swoon worthy as any romantic hero. Sophie has another hit on her hands and I can?t wait to read more from her!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Im just finding out about this author, so far love her books, this one was great
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! This book is amazing and is one of the best books I've ever read! Poppy is funny and Sam is fantastic! The plot is riveting and hilarious and had me laughing from the beginning till the end! The book is a complete page turner and one of the few books I could read over and over again!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute, light, and fun read I really enjoyed this book, it was funny, and a very easy read. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Thoroughly enjoyed it!!O:-)
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've got your number Easy read, made me want to laugh out loud a few times...perfect read for the airport where everyone is glued to their phones...
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Cute easy read. Love her books :-)
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy read Cute easy read. Love her books :-)
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Really love the book! Lots of knowledgeable things too
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read I love all her books! This is one of my favourites. It's an easy read and a little predictable but it's a fun book that will even make you giggle at times. If you've read any of her other novels, and liked them, this one is just as good.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read Kinsella is at it again! It was such a great book, very witty with a very nice story line. Whether or not you are a Sophia Kinsella fan, this book is too good to miss. Hilarious!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Laugh out loud funny. Poppy is crazy like the best of us are & her life is doomed or so she thinks. A little predictable but I loved it. Great for a laugh & a great mood booster. Sophie Kinsella has done it again.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Another great book from Sophie Kinsella. A funny & entertaining light read!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read Really enjoyed this book and all Sophie Kinsella's books. My only complaint is that she can't write fast enough !!!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Love her books! Totally fun and entertaining!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read Awesome book! Sophie never fails to amaze me with her writting. Really enjoyed this reading as it was a nice easy, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read Another very humorous story by Sophie Kinsella. A must read!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read It was a cute read. I much prefer this type of writing then her Shopaholic books.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read A very entertaining book for a light read.i usually like a book with a complex plot but can not help but enjoy Sophie Kinsella's books
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated out of 5 by from I've always read mystery and fiction-genre books and this is my first romance novel, and it did not disappoint me! It's really funny and awkwardly romantic! I read it in two days, that's how great it was!
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still struggling... I've been struggling with this book, I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and have read all her books. I'm finding it hard to get into it, I'm halfway through and I'm not loving it. I read the other reviews, and they're all positive, so I'll keep going :)
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love!! I love all of Sophie Kinsella's books, and this was was definitely no exception!
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! You will fall in love with Poppy Wyatt! Another hit from Sophie Kinsella. I read this book back in May, and it was really good. I read it in about 3 days. I hope Kinsella writes a sequel (a girl can hope!), because I felt she left the ending open. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fabulous read from Sohie Kinsella As an obsessed reader of all Sophie Kinsella books I have to say this one did not disappoint at all. Read in 3 days I just couldn't put it down, the story is a wonderful love story that makes you keep reading on and on. It is a romantic comedy with a fictional twist. I highly recommend all books by this author, but especially love this one, so grab yourself a fabulous spot & enjoy.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book is pretty good. A little bit too fancy. It controls your mood so easy without you noticing.
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I have read every book that Sophia Kinsella has written and she never lets me down. Great beach read!
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! Sophie Kinsella just keeps putting out books I just cannot put down. This is another great book. Fun to read and full of twists and turns. Kinsella develops characters that you can't help but love. I can't wait for the next book by Kinsella!
Date published: 2012-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I love this book! The more I read the more I was into the characters. I couldnt stop picturing how Sam looks and his personality! Even my sister (who doesnt read at all) fell in love after I introduced it to her. Cant wait for her next amazing book!
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sophie Kinsella book to date! This story is much better than the shopoholic series. I coudln't put it down and was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun escape Poppy Wyatt is a ridiculously likeable character, and who wasn't crushing on Sam as they read this? A fun escape, this book.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book it was amazing absolutely loved this book would for sure recommend it to averyone
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I had a really hard time getting into this book, but overall it has her wit, and funny characters. If you can get through the first couple of chapters, a good read.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Should be made into a movie!! This is my first Sophie Kinsella book and I absolutely loved it! It was funny and had me laughing out loud. I loved the plot with the texting and the messes Poppy got herself into with that phone. If you want an uplifting book that puts a smile on your face, this one will do the job! I can`t wait to read her other books now!
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilariously funny! Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, I thought I would give this one a try. I was not disappointed. I loved Poppy just as much as Becky. This is another easy and fun read. I really like Kinsella's writing style. I'm now going to read her earlier books.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY Such an uplifting, original, romantic, cute, and hilarious book with lots of twists. Once again Kinsella has written another new FAVOURITE book of mine. LOVED IT.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice read Predictable book but still a cute and easy read.
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! just finished it and wanted to write a review. all of sophie kinsella's books are really god and i purchased this book without reading the synopsis expecting a good read. i was absolutely right. I REALLY enjoyed this book! loved the way everything panned out in the book!
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I'm a big fan of her work and I've read everything she's written (and now starting on her work as Madeleine Wickham). To me this is her best book so far. She has an interesting plot underneath her usual fascinating character interactions.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic!!! Sophie Kinsella is amazing! and this book is hilarious, definitely my favorite so far! From the very beginning I was swept away into Poppy's world of chaos, fun and adventure and towards the end I kept savoring every last page because I did not want to leave : )
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated out of 5 by from I might have to buy this!
Date published: 2012-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nobody does chick lit better... I've been eagerly anticipating Sophie Kinsella's newest book, I've Got Your Number. Once I had it in my hot little hands, I had to stop and savour the cover and have a quick peek at the last page number - just to see how many there were to enjoy. (433) Then, ensure that I had nowhere to be or anything that needed doing right away - and only then begin, because I just knew I wouldn't want to put it down. (I was right!) Poppy Wyatt is celebrating her upcoming wedding at a champagne tea with girlfriends at a hotel. Everyone has been oohing and ahhing over her engagement ring - a family heirloom of her fiance. A fire alarm drill sends everyone running and afterwards - no one can find the ring. After much frantic searching, she steps outside to see if she can get cell phone reception to pick up her messages - and is promptly robbed of her phone by someone on a bicycle. She needs that phone! When she spies a cell phone in a garbage bin...well... finders keepers, right? And here the fun begins. When the phone rings, Poppy answers it without checking the screen. Hmm, apparently the phone belonged to Violet - personal assistant to Sam Roxton of White Globe Consulting. Sam desperately needs Violet to stop a client, Mr Yamasaki, from leaving the hotel. And since Violet seems to have quit her job, Sam implores Poppy to keep Mr Yamasaki occupied until Sam's elevator reaches the main floor. Honestly, I was laughing out loud at the antics Poppy employs. Poppy somehow gets Sam to agree to 'share' the phone with her. You can see it coming can't you? Missed messages, mixed messages and more... I have to say that although I have enjoyed each and every one of Sophie Kinsella's previous chick lit books, I think this is my favourite. (so far!) Poppy is a wonderfully engaging character. She's absolutely the kind of friend you'd love to have. Warm, caring, smart (but she doesn't think so) yet ditzy at the same time. The more she tries to make things 'right', the more wrong they end up. And of course the love story. Will Sophie marry Magnus or.... And yes, even though you can predict the outcome, the journey there is so enjoyable. A light hearted, comical romp of a read that will have you laughing out loud and rooting for Poppy to find true love. Kinsella has used different 'hooks' in her past books, such as emails scattered throughout. This time it is footnotes Poppy injects in her story; they're a fun addition to the book. Yes, it was a five star read for me - nobody does chick lit better than Kinsella. I can so see this one being made into a movie.
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another MUST READ by Sophie Kinsella Not since Rebecca Bloomwood (of Shopaholic fame) have I fallen in love with a character like I did with Poppy Wyatt. Her seemingly perfect life falls apart within minutes of the opening pages and her journey to pick up the pieces hits every mark along the way. I laughed, I cried (not full tears, but misty) and I got angry; but most of all, I related. When you can relate to a character in a novel, it makes the whole story so much more enjoyable! When I think back on the characters of I've Got Your Number, I would have to say that, other than Poppy, my favourite would be Sam Roxton. Owner of the 'found' phone. In fact, my favourite moments in the story were the interactions between Poppy and Sam. Using mostly text messages to communicate, they seemed able to talk to eachother in a way that most people can't... an honest and open way. So many of us can relate to having 'computer courage', can't we? In addition to the text messages, another format in I've Got Your Number that I loved was the use of footnotes. In fact, it has become one of my new favourite styles of writing, mainly because I believe that I speak with footnotes. You know, those sarcastic thoughts that you have inside that follow along with what you are actually saying. They add a whole new level to the story and took Poppy to another level. Overall, this was a MUST-read - not just those who love chick lit or are a Shopaholic fan - for anyone who enjoys a good book! You will NOT be disappointed and I am now eagerly awaiting the announcement of who will be playing Poppy in the major motion picture!!
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorites One of my new favorites by Sophie Kinsella, I've Got Your Number was full of great humor and even some of the romantic scenes ever! I fell in love with each of the characters, Poppy was such a good person and with her flaws is one that you can relate to. I loved Sam, because despite bringing the comments about Poppy he really got to be one of her best friends and in the end I was happy because it was a great scene. Its one of those books that will leave you wanting more from the story and the ending was done beautifully and I was totally waiting for it to happen! Rings can bring people together!! The Story: What I liked most was the story lines because it was unique and it had one of Kinsella best humors in it! I have read many books by this author and this one has to be my favorite of all time because I was emotional at some parts with the end and the story with Poppy and Magnus were an interesting couple but as the reader sees, he is more like a child in a way, and that he loves her. As the story does go on it was an up and down emotional ride for me because I just wanted Poppy and Sam together!!! Sam is a really overall great character because Poppy really helps him and they discover this relationship through their cell phones and it can grow into something more. This book is a definite read because it will leave you wanting more of Kinsella work because she does not disappoint in her novels. Her work is addictive as well as the characters because some people can relate to them. The characters will leave you laughing for more as well as the emotional aspect because despite the waiting it will be worth it! Be sure to pick this book up because you will not be disappointed!! Overall one of the best!! I want a Sam!!
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful and Quirky The Good Stuff Poppy is adorable, loving, supportive and a hilarious flake -- I can totally relate to her Laugh out loud funny on many occasions, yet sweet and heart breaking at times Realistic character development for both Poppy and Magnus Throughout the book I totally pictured Magnus to look and act like Colin Firth, couldn't help myself -- also really could translate to a movie I actually couldn't put it down, which surprised me, I kept reading even-though I really should have been doing the laundry, dishes, reviews -- well you get the point Will definitely be passing it around to many of my friends Adored all the phone/text conversations between Poppy -- and well everybody Liked the development of Magnus' parents - despised them at first and ended up feeling compassion and love for them Did I mention I kept laughing out loud while reading -- freaked the cat out Hands down my favorite Kinsellla book The Not So Good Stuff Could have really benefited from a bit more editing to tighten up the story Predictable (not really a bad thing, because predictable is not all that bad - more of an FYI) Also less of the footnote idea -- once in a while was ok, but it really became a little irritating at the beginning Favorite Quotes/Passages "I've never had so much access to someone else's phone before. Not my friends'; note even Magnus's. There are some things you don't share. I mean Magnus has seen every inch of my body, including the dodgy bits, but I would never, ever let him near my phone." "I've told her she just needs to exercise at home with her Dyna-Bands, but she insists she needs my help. I think she's become totally dependent on us - which might be good for the cash register but is not good for her." "Of course he doesn't want to read it; he's trying to be nice. Which is sweet of him but makes me feel even more tragic, since I'm twenty-nice and he's seventeen." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Fans of Chick Lit, Romance and Contemporary will enjoy Not for those who enjoy intense or non stop action PERFECT beach read or if stuck at home with a sick child who sleeps most of the day Obviously fans of Kinsella's other books will love this 4 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read, full of hilarious hijinx! As with most of Kinsella's books, there's a leading lady who's a bit quirky and a little fumbling in her life who finds herself in a sticky (albeit hilarious) situation. This is no different, and that recipe for fun hijinx works for this author, who dominates in this genre. I simply could not put this book down. At 433 pages, I flew through the story quicker than I thought I would. I was immediately transported into Poppy's chaotic world from page one when she loses her engagement ring. During a fire alarm. Then gets her phone stolen. This book is filled with love/hate conflicts, frustrating (and lovable) characters, corporate scandal and uber-cringeworthy moments - it's fantastic. Kinsella really knows how to write the tension-filled scenes that make you want to throw the book across the room (in a good way!) and also the awkward and embarrassing situations that have us ever-so-grateful it isn't happening to us. Just when you think you know where this story is going, there are twists thrown in and keeps you hanging on every word, every moment... right to the very end. I absolutely adored this book. What a delightfully fun read! This, an interview with Sophie Kinsella, and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella's Latest is Absolutely Wonderful! *Copy provided by publisher for review* To be quite frank, I haven't had the most positive of experiences reading Sophie Kinsella's previous novels, most recently Confessions of a Shopaholic. However, when Lindsey from Random House Canada recommended the novel, calling it "a hilarious and heartwarming novel about cellphones, engagements and missed connections", I knew I had to give it a try! Sophie Kinsella's latest tells the story of Poppy Wyatt, a woman who is about to be married to her ideal man. Unfortunately, after an outing with the girls, Poppy does the unimaginable - she loses track of the expensive engagement ring her fiancee Magnus has given her! Worse off, his parents are coming to visit and will expect to see the ring! Unfortunately, the drama doesn't stop there for Poppy when her purse is also snatched along with her cell phone. However, after stumbling into her hotel, delirious and shocked from the entire ordeal, Poppy comes across an abandoned phone and decides to use it. From there she seemingly connects with businessman Sam Roxton, who wants the company phone back. As I mentioned earlier on in my review, I've had terrible luck with Sophie Kinsella's previous novels. Truthfully, it was Lindsey who convinced me with her short recommendation to pick up the title and review it. Fortunately, she was spot on! Upon diving into the novel I quickly found myself identifying with Poppy Wyatt, a witty and some-what antsy character who unexpectedly grows quite a bit throughout the novel. Additionally, I found myself loving Sam Roxton's tight lipped and stern personality despite how off-putting it was upon his introduction. In fact, some of my most favorite moments were when Poppy and Sam spoke to one another. It was fun seeing how they interacted with each other, which at times would shift between being either unbelievably awkward or unexpectedly comfortable. Now that I think of it, the entire novel somehow reminded me briefly of Bridget Jones' Diary, not because of the events or the novel's direction but more so because of it's characters. Sophie Kinsella's latest, I've Got Your Number, was absolutely wonderful! Highly recommended for young adult and adults alike who need a fun and romantic read.
Date published: 2012-02-08

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CHAPTER 1Perspective. I need to get perspective. It’s not an earthquake or a crazed gunman or a nuclear meltdown, is it? On the scale of disasters, this is not huge. Not huge. One day I expect I’ll look back at this moment and laugh and think, Ha-ha, how silly I was to worry—Stop, Poppy. Don’t even try. I’m not laughing—in fact, I feel sick. I’m walking blindly around the hotel ballroom, my heart thudding, looking fruitlessly on the patterned blue carpet, behind gilt chairs, under discarded paper napkins, in places where it couldn’t possibly be.I’ve lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring.To say this is a special ring is an understatement. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. It’s this stunning emerald with two diamonds, and Magnus had to get it out of a special bank vault before he proposed. I’ve worn it safely every day for three whole months, religiously putting it on a special china tray at night, feeling for it on my finger every thirty seconds?.?.?.?and now, the very day his parents are coming back from the States, I’ve lost it. The very same day.Professors Antony Tavish and Wanda Brook-Tavish are, at this precise moment, flying back from six months’ sabbatical in Chicago. I can picture them now, eating honey-roasted peanuts and reading academic papers on their his ’n’ hers Kindles. I honestly don’t know which of them is more intimidating.Him. He’s so sarcastic.No, her. With all that frizzy hair and always asking you questions about your views on feminism.OK, they’re both bloody scary. And they’re landing in about an hour, and of course they’ll want to see the ring—No. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive. I just need to look at this from a different angle. Like?.?.?.?what would Poirot do? Poirot wouldn’t flap around in panic. He’d stay calm and use his little gray cells and recall some tiny, vital detail which would be the clue to everything.I squeeze my eyes tight. Little gray cells. Come on. Do your best.Thing is, I’m not sure Poirot had three glasses of pink champagne and a mojito before he solved the Murder on the Orient Express.“Miss?” A gray-haired cleaning lady is trying to get round me with a Hoover, and I gasp in horror. They’re Hoovering the ballroom already? What if they suck it up?“Excuse me.” I grab her blue nylon shoulder. “Could you just give me five more minutes to search before you start Hoovering?”“Still looking for your ring?” She shakes her head doubtfully, then brightens. “I expect you’ll find it safe at home. It’s probably been there all the time!”“Maybe.” I force myself to nod politely, although I feel like screaming, “I’m not that stupid!”I spot another cleaner, on the other side of the ballroom, clearing cupcake crumbs and crumpled paper napkins into a black plastic bin bag. She isn’t concentrating at all. Wasn’t she listening to me?“Excuse me!” My voice shrills out as I sprint across to her. “You are looking out for my ring, aren’t you?”“No sign of it so far, love.” The woman sweeps another load of detritus off the table into the bin bag without giving it a second glance.“Careful!” I grab for the napkins and pull them out again, feeling each one carefully for a hard lump, not caring that I’m getting buttercream icing all over my hands.“Dear, I’m trying to clear up.” The cleaner grabs the napkins out of my hands. “Look at the mess you’re making!”“I know, I know. I’m sorry.” I scrabble for the cupcake cases I dropped on the floor. “But you don’t understand. If I don’t find this ring, I’m dead.”I want to grab the bin bag and do a forensics check of the contents with tweezers. I want to put plastic tape round the whole room and declare it a crime scene. It has to be here, it has to be.Unless someone’s still got it. That’s the only other possibility that I’m clinging to. One of my friends is still wearing it and somehow hasn’t noticed. Perhaps it’s slipped into a handbag?.?.?.?maybe it’s fallen into a pocket?.?.?.?it’s stuck on the threads of a jumper?.?.?.?The possibilities in my head are getting more and more far-fetched, but I can’t give up on them.“Have you tried the ladies’ room?” The woman moves to get past me.Of course I’ve tried the ladies’ room. I checked every single cubicle, on my hands and knees. And then all the basins. Twice. And then I tried to persuade the concierge to close it and have all the sink pipes investigated, but he refused. He said it would be different if I knew it had been lost there for certain, and he was sure the police would agree with him, and could I please step aside from the desk as there were people waiting?Police. Bah. I thought they’d come roaring round in their squad cars as soon as I called, not just tell me to come down to the police station and file a report. I don’t have time to file a report! I’ve got to find my ring!I hurry back to the circular table we were sitting at this afternoon and crawl underneath, patting the carpet yet again. How could I have let this happen? How could I have been so stupid?It was my old school friend Natasha’s idea to get tickets for the Marie Curie Champagne Tea. She couldn’t come to my official hen spa weekend, so this was a kind of substitute. There were eight of us at the table, all merrily swigging champagne and stuffing down cupcakes, and it was right before the raffle started that someone said, “Come on, Poppy, let’s have a go with your ring.”I can’t even remember who that was. Annalise, maybe? Annalise was at university with me, and now we work together at First Fit Physio, with Ruby, who was also in our physio course. Ruby was at the tea, too, but I’m not sure she tried on the ring. Or did she?I can’t believe how rubbish I am at this. How can I do a Poirot if I can’t even remember the basics? The truth is, everyone seemed to be trying on the ring: Natasha and Clare and Emily (old school friends up from Taunton), Lucinda (my wedding planner, who’s kind of become a friend) and her assistant, Clemency, and Ruby and Annalise (not only college friends and colleagues but my two best friends. They’re going to be my bridesmaids too).I’ll admit it: I was basking in all the admiration. I still can’t believe something so grand and beautiful belongs to me. The fact is, I still can’t believe any of it. I’m engaged! Me, Poppy Wyatt. To a tall, handsome university lecturer who’s written a book and even been on the TV. Only six months ago, my love life was a disaster zone. I’d had no significant action for a year and was reluctantly deciding I should give that match.com guy with the bad breath a second chance—and now my wedding’s only ten days away! I wake up every morning and look at Magnus’s smooth, freckled, sleeping back and think, My fiancé, Dr. Magnus Tavish, Fellow of King’s College London,1 and feel a tiny tweak of disbelief. And then I swivel round and look at the ring, gleaming expensively on my nightstand, and feel another tweak of disbelief.What will Magnus say?My stomach clenches and I swallow hard. No. Don’t think about that. Come on, little gray cells. Get with it.I remember that Clare wore the ring for a long time. She really didn’t want to take it off. Then Natasha started tugging at it, saying, “My turn, my turn!” And I remember calling out, “Careful!”I mean, it’s not like I was irresponsible. I was carefully watching the ring as it was passed round the table.But then my attention was split, because they started calling out the raffle numbers and the prizes were fantastic. A week in an Italian villa, and a top salon haircut, and a Harvey Nichols voucher?.?.?.?The ballroom was buzzing, with people pulling out tickets and numbers being called from the platform and women jumping up and shouting, “Me!”And this is the moment where I went wrong. This is the gut-churning, if-only instant. If I could go back in time, that’s the moment I would march up to myself and say severely, “Poppy, priorities.”But you don’t realize, do you? The moment happens, and you make your crucial mistake, and then it’s gone and the chance to do anything about it is blown away.So what happened was, Clare won Wimbledon tickets in the raffle. I love Clare to bits, but she’s always been a tad feeble. She didn’t stand up and yell, “Me! Woohoo!” at top volume, she just raised her hand a few inches. Even those of us at her table didn’t realize she’d won.As it dawned on me that Clare was waving a raffle ticket in the air, the presenter on the platform said, “I think we’ll draw again, if there’s no winner.?.?.?.”“Shout!” I poked Clare and waved my own hand wildly. “Here! The winner’s over here!”“And the new number is?.?.?.?4403.”To my disbelief, some dark-haired girl on the other side of the room started whooping and brandishing a ticket.“She didn’t win!” I exclaimed indignantly. “You won.”“It doesn’t matter.” Clare was shrinking back.“Of course it matters!” I cried out before I could stop myself, and everyone at the table started laughing.“Go, Poppy!” called out Natasha. “Go, White Knightess! Sort it out!”“Go, Knightie!”This is an old joke. Just because there was this one incident at school, where I started a petition to save the hamsters, everyone began to call me the White Knightess. Or Knightie, for short. My so-called catchphrase is apparently “Of course it matters!”2Anyway. Suffice it to say that within two minutes I was up on the stage with the dark-haired girl, arguing with the presenter about how my friend’s ticket was more valid than hers.I know now that I never should have left the table. I never should have left the ring, even for a second. I can see how stupid that was. But, in my defense, I didn’t know the fire alarm was going to go off, did I?It was so surreal. One minute, everyone was sitting down at a jolly champagne tea. The next minute, a siren was blaring through the air and everyone was on their feet, heading for the exits in pandemonium. I could see Annalise, Ruby, and all the others grabbing their bags and making their way to the back. A man in a suit came ontothe stage and started ushering me, the dark-haired girl, and the presenter toward a side door and wouldn’t let us go the other way. “Your safety is our priority,” he kept saying.3Even then, it’s not as if I was worried. I didn’t think the ring would have gone. I assumed one of my friends had it safe and I’d meet up with everyone outside and get it back.Outside, of course, it was mayhem. As well as our tea, there was some big business conference happening at the hotel, and all the delegates were spilling out of different doors into the road. Hotel staff were trying to make announcements into loudspeakers, and cars were beeping, and it took me ages just to find Natasha and Emily in the mêlée.“Have you got my ring?” I demanded at once, trying not to sound accusatory. “Who’s got it?”Both of them looked blank.“Dunno.” Natasha shrugged. “Didn’t Annalise have it?”So then I plunged into the throng to find Annalise, but she didn’t have it; she thought Clare had it. And Clare thought Clemency had it. And Clemency thought Ruby might have had it, but hadn’t she gone already?The thing about panic is, it creeps up on you. One minute you’re still quite calm, still telling yourself, Don’t be ridiculous. Of course it can’t be lost. The next, the Marie Curie staff are announcing that the event will be curtailed early due to unforeseen circumstances and are handing out goody bags. And all your friends have disappeared to catch the tube. And your finger is still bare. And a voice inside your head is screeching, Oh my God! I knew this would happen! Nobody should ever have entrusted me with an antique ring! Big mistake! Big mistake!And that’s how you find yourself under a table an hour later, groping around a grotty hotel carpet, praying desperately for a miracle. (Even though your fiancé’s father has written a whole bestselling book on how miracles don’t exist and it’s all superstition and even saying “OMG” is the sign of a weak mind.)4Suddenly I realize my phone is flashing and grab it with trembling fingers. Three messages have come in, and I scroll through them in hope.Found it yet? Annalise xxSorry, babe, haven’t seen it. Don’t worry, I won’t breathe a word to Magnus. N xxxHi Pops! God, how awful, to lose your ring! Actually I thought I saw it?.?.?.?(incoming text)I stare at my phone, galvanized. Clare thought she saw it? Where?I crawl out from under the table and wave my phone around, but the rest of the text resolutely refuses to come through. The signal in here is rubbish. How can this call itself a five-star hotel? I’ll have to go outside.“Hi!” I approach the gray-haired cleaner, raising my voice above the Hoover’s roar. “I’m popping out to check a text. But if you do find the ring, call me—I’ve given you my mobile number. I’ll just be on the street.”“Right you are, dear,” says the cleaner patiently.I hurry through the lobby, dodging groups of conference delegates, slowing slightly as I pass the concierge’s desk.“Any sign of—”“Nothing handed in yet, madam.”The air outside is balmy, with a hint of summer, even though it’s only mid-April. I hope the weather will still be like this in ten days time, because my wedding dress is backless and I’m counting on a fine day.11?His specialism is Cultural Symbolism. I speed-read his book, The Philosophy of Symbolism, after our second date and then tried to pretend I’d read it ages ago, coincidentally, for pleasure. (Which, to be fair, he didn’t believe for a minute.) Anyway, the point is, I read it. And what impressed me most was: There were so many footnotes. I’ve totally got into them. Aren’t they handy? You just bung them in whenever you want and instantly look clever.Magnus says footnotes are for things which aren’t your main concern but nevertheless hold some interest for you. So. This is my footnote about footnotes.2?Which, actually, I never say. Just like Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam.” It’s an urban myth.3?Of course, the hotel wasn’t on fire. The system had short-circuited. I found that out afterward, not that it was any consolation.4?Did Poirot ever say “oh my God”? I bet he did. Or “sacrebleu!” which comes to the same thing. And does this not disprove Antony’s theory, since Poirot’s gray cells are clearly stronger than anyone else’s? I might point this out to Antony one day. When I’m feeling brave. (Which, if I’ve lost the ring, will be never, obviously.)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------