The Rune House

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A detective haunted by a past case, a house with a sinister secret, and a missing little girl! Can DI Ric Drake rescue her and find redemption along the way? More

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About L.J. Hutton

I was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In my mid teens I suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which I’ve never fully recovered! After leaving school I did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point I escaped to university to do the degree I’d always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien’s academic work as well. As a (very) mature student I first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a facination and one day - when and if I ever get the time - I'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by my ever expanding bookcases of reference works (which one day might take over the house) and visits to every castle and ruin I could find. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred me into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently.

Apart from the completed fantasy quartet set in the Islands I am also writing a historical series based on the Robin Hood legend and set very firmly in the late twelfth/early thirteenth centuries. The aim with these coming books is to return the legend to its true setting, but to tell more would be to spoil the fun...!

I currently live in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, one of whom shares my photo - which is nothing unusual in my life! I support Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue.

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Review by: Peter Nicholas Farrell on May 14, 2013 :
Excellent book.
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Review by: Bati Macc on March 5, 2013 :
I liked it. It draws you in. The author does a good job of keeping the tempo up. Its creepy but not really scary. The link between the past and present is nicely done. I think it could have been further developed towards the end.
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Review by: Greta van der Rol on Jan. 10, 2013 :
It's an interesting tale. Certainly not a 'whodunnit', it's more looking at history from 2 directions.In the present, two elderly detectives are drawn into a murder investigation at an old girls' school.

In a second arc, the history of the house is revealed through time from when it was first built in 1575.

There's no doubt the author knows the history of the period. I particularly liked (if that's the word) the section on the Civil War.

Although the writing is ok, in my opinion the novel could have been improved with a serious edit - but that doesn't mean it was unreadable. The characters of the two detectives was very well drawn, as was their changing relationship.

On the down side, I found it difficult to get my head around the many, many characters in the family tree. For me the ending was something of a whimper - but I don't think everyone would agree.

Well worth a read if you like history and mystery with a scoop of paranormal.
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Review by: Trudie Lombard on Jan. 2, 2013 :
What a great read, I could not put it down and hope there will be a follow up at the new house.
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Review by: Joy Pinnell on Dec. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Loved this book.Well written and blends two times beautifully. I felt sad when I finished it. Will be looking out for more books by this author.
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Review by: Faleye Adesola on Dec. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
A really great book!! Just the kind one could pay for if it wasn't free.A job well done Mrs Hutton!!
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Review by: Julie Mahle on Dec. 2, 2012 :
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Review by: Anca S on Nov. 9, 2012 :
Wonderful book!! Could not put it down, great storyline!
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Review by: Susan Morris on Oct. 29, 2012 :
Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. Great storyline and the historical aspect of the story was so well done, and flowed well from the modern present day parts of the book.
This is a great read if you like murder mystery, action, history and 2 quirky detectives on a mission to discover the bizzare secrets to a centuries old manor house. Highly recommend.
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Review by: June Swinford on Oct. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
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Review by: Jed ww on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Great story, cool characters, convincing mystery, had me gripped.
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Review by: ade on Oct. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
A very good read I got a bit lost with so many characters so had to go back & forth a bit? The main characters were well drafted & I had trouble putting this book down.
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