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Born and raised in Scotland, Iain is a writer of classic mysteries.
The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, he has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For his debut novel "Murder at Malenfer," he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history to create the characters who populate Malenfer Manor—though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a manor, and any ghosts dwell only in memory.
His second novel, "Countdown to Death," is a modern retelling of an Agatha Christie classic--with a shocking twist.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.
on Oct. 07, 2014 :
This book is everything at once: an historical novel, a romance, a ghost story, a mystery and a story of a man who overcome his past, guilt and trauma.
There is a lot to learn from this book and it was a really good and pleasant read.
I was really fond of the main character Dermot for being himself despite adversity. I liked Sophie for being weak, Simonne for being different, Madame for acting as expected, Emile for being the nice twin, Arthur for being alive even as a dead man. And I hated Crevel, Pierre and Gustave.
All the characters have very different personalities and it's easy to relate to them or to find their characteristic in your friends.
The little part that didn't work for me was the explanation of the murder case. It seemed to be a lot of details missing and I would have loved to have a more palpable "how it was done?" answer. There were also some part that seemed a bit blurry in my mind and I had trouble to see what exactly was happening.
I enjoyed the setting and the fact that it was set in France and that the main character was Irish. That part talked a lot to me and it was done just right.
I would recommend this book to all fans of mystery and historical fiction.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)