by Richard Easter Endeavour Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 24 Dec 2017
The best ghost stories are not what you expect. The General Theory of Haunting is so much more than your average tale of gothic mystery. Yes, you get your isolated manor house, cut off from the outside world. You are told the inevitable - the house is not haunted - the strange sounds you hear are pipes and the house settling.
After Lord Francis Marryman’s wife died in 1809, he was beset with a desire - to construct a physical means of reuniting with his beloved wife. The result of his work, this unusual house in the middle of nowhere where the staff of K&K Publishing is to stay for the New Year’s holiday.
The six who arrive are initially charmed, but become more disturbed as the long weekend progresses. Cut off from the world, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a house filled with echoing footsteps and whispers, the troop feel their secret...
I am so glad I got the chance to read Chained. It’s a great mystery filled with plenty of suspense and just a touch of humor and romance. Kate Turner is a believable, well-rounded individual that you can easily imagine working in your local veterinary office. I absolutely loved the wide range of quirky clients and their pets. More to the point, I also loved the mystery. Flynn Keegan disappeared a decade ago. Most believed he had set sail for Hollywood, but only one person knew what really happened - until Flynn’s remains are discovered by one of Kate’s more exuberant clients. What starts as curiosity, becomes a formal investigation when Flynn’s family asks Kate to find out who killed Flynn and why. Kate doesn’t have access to a forensics lab. What she does have is persistence, and a willingness to ask uncomfortable questions. She also has the help of an old flame,...
Joy Ellis has a talent for writing gritty police procedurals that make you feel strongly about the central characters. You empathize with their hopes and their fears. As DCI Matt Ballard approaches retirement he is haunted by one case that of three boys who were brutally murdered in the remote Gibbet Fen. The killings stopped when the suspect was killed in a hit and run, but Ballard was never absolutely certain that the suspect was guilty. Now, just as he is looking forward the nightmare begins again. It looks like a copycat but how can they be sure, especially since there are signsthat were never released to the public. What Ballard doesn't realize is that there’s more to this nightmare than the return of a sadistic murderer. Someone is targeting Ballard personally and is preparing to destroy him and everyone he cares about in a twisted game of vengeance.
The Christmas Card Murders is a solidly written procedural, but it doesn’t have the same tension and excitement as Anthony Litton’s other novels. It is a good, but not exceptional book. The murders are linked to the death of a young mother decades earlier. She was killed in a hit and run at Christmastime and the culprits were never found. While known to the audience, this is not known to Chief Inspector Calderwood and his team who are constantly several steps behind the killer. What they know initially is that people are being killed systematically, the killer leaving a Christmas card nailed to each victim with a successive number of nails. Very little forensic evidence is available so the police flounder. Most of the major discoveries are made by two amateurs who are assisting with local inquiries.
The Girl in the Tower is a magnificent novel, rich in history and filled with the magic that warms dark nights and lingers in memory. It is a fairy tale deftly woven, that easily mesmerizes the reader transporting them to a time long past in a country foreign in nature and experience. Vasya is not a beautiful princess, instead she is far more - a woman who dreams, unafraid of challenging the status quo, unwilling to accept the constrained life even fortunate women must endure. She sees what has been forgotten, beings fading in time and memory. Some say she is a witch, but she doesn’t know what she is. Her power lies in her courage and uniqueness and her willingness to act and remember. Vasya is at once hero and pawn in a game where elder powers struggle to remain and monotheism is on the rise.
Quick Curtain British Library Crime Classics
by Alan Melville
Poisoned Pen Press
Pub Date 05 Dec 2017
Alan Melville did not spend much of his life writing mysteries, but those he did are clever and fun - albeit a not particularly accurate representation of police procedure. His books have an element of showmanship and his detectives, albeit earnest and determined are not geniuses. Melville’s subtle humor and dry wit is clear with each turned page. He leaves complex machinations to other authors. What you see is what you get - almost.
In Quick Curtain, the star of a dazzling music extravaganza is murdered onstage. Soon after, another member of the cast is found hanged, an apparent suicide. But is this simply a matter of a remorseful killer committing suicide? Or is there a more complex conspiracy behind the surprising murder? Inspector Wilson and his son Derek (a young journalist who readily joins the investigation) tackle the case, but will their solution b...
Death of Anton British Library Crime Classics
by Alan Melville
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 05 Dec 2017
Alan Melville takes the readers under the big top in Death of Anton. In the world of acrobats, clowns and daredevil trainers, Carey’s Circus is uniquely successful. In fact their arrival in town is deceptively lacking the bang and flash of a traditional carnival. Deception is one of the main themes throughout as Inspector Minto struggles to determine who killed Anton the tiger trainer and subsequently tried to make it look like his Tigers had mauled him. Why would Carey kill the main attraction? Was it a jealous husband, or a rival for his position? Or is it related to the strange after dark activities on the circus grounds? Inspector Minto has his hands full and that is not even considering his sister’s prospective marriage. Another distinctive part of Death of Anton is that Minto’s brother, a priest, knows the identity of the killer but cannot say an...