Two Simon Grant Mysteries

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
This edition contains both Simon Grant Mysteries - Hiding the Elephant and Lock Up Your Daughters.
They are both set in Northamptonshire where the idyllic rural background belies the intensity and lethal passion of its inhabitants.
In the first one Simon Grant is held hostage by the killer of three people. In the second he needs to identify the victim by the markings on her breast implants.

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Words: 310,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465901033
About Mira Kolar-Brown

The author of Simon Grant Mysteries series. The first two novels, HIDING THE ELEPHANT and LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS are available in e-format and paperback on Amazon. TWO SIMON GRANT MYSTERIES - DOUBLE TROUBLE - is also available on Smashwords. The third novel in the series, FOR THE LOVE OF HONEY, will be available later in the year.

I have also written two stories for children, TIMBUKTU, THE PERMANENT DOG and A SOLEMN PROMISE. Both are available from Amazon Kindle.

Reviews

Review by: James Anderson on July 18, 2012 :
This sequel to HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)is even better than the first and that was one great read.

Once again we are taken back to the England of the 1990s and also the 1960s in various flashbacks which only enhance the story and flesh out the characters and their motivations. This is another of Mira Kolar Brown's complex mysteries that is a joy to read, although it is not an easy task because of the complexities of the plot and the many diverse characters she introduces. I usually whip through a book in 2-3 days, but not this one. It took me over a week to read because I had to reread sections to keep the story straight in my head and to truly appreciate her many interesting characters.

Inspector Simon Grant is a complex man who is very moral and forthright on some fronts, but not in others. He is involved in an adulterous relationship with his wife Pippa's sister whom he has impregnated. Very spicy stuff.

Ms. Kolar Brown deftly deals with many issues in this novel, not to mention a double serial killing of two young women. The identity of the killer and the motives were a complete surprise to me.

This is a very good read and I hope Ms. Brown will be continuing with further adventures of Simon Grant.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: James Anderson on March 29, 2012 :
Wonderful, Complex Mystery

I've never read such a wonderful, complex mystery in a long time. Mira Kolar-Brown's writing reminds me a lot of P.D. James.

She elevates the genre to a much higher literary standard. Mind you, this is not a fast-paced, page-turning read. It takes some time and one has to concentrate because of the many plot and character complexities. Not my usual reading fare or preference, but I quite enjoyed the journey and the rather surprising conclusion.

It is a very complex mystery set in northeast England where I lived for a while as a young boy. It brought back some fond memories.

There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist,Detective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer called Dancer. Told through the skillful use of flashbacks, the story brings out the complexities of Inspector Grant and what makes him the way he is. The book is rich in complex characters and will drive you crazy trying to figure out who the killer is. I didn't.

HIDING THE ELEPHANT is a wonderful read, very satisfying and I can't wait to read the followup novel [[ASIN:B0042RUNZE LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)]. Both books are a bargain at 99 cents. You can even get them both in a special edition, [[ASIN:B005SHNRB4 Two Simon Grant Mysteries].
(reviewed long after purchase)

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