Cornish Pastiche A Murder Mystery

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Detective Inspector Jim Hatchard, a man with his own demons, and his wife Betty arrive in Cornwall from South Australia. An innocent enquiry involves them in a murder mystery that changes all their plans. The novel enters the worlds of an extreme religious group, of the dark side of sex and the demanding challenges of a particularly difficult case in which a murderer is bent on killing again. More

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About A A Gates

A A Gates, born in England, is widely travelled and is familiar with Cornwall as a result of a number of visits to the county, his first being as a young seaman on a ship loading china clay at the port of Fowey. He has been a merchant seaman, served in two armies, led cultural tours in Europe, Vietnam and Australia, and lectured on travel, European (including English) history, Church history, team building, decision making, conflict management and railway subjects. Writing is one of his passions. He has had articles published in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and knows nothing more relaxing and creative than putting words on paper, though he admits to being a lover of Association Football and the gentle art of fly-fishing. The study of theology is another of his deep interests.
He is concerned by the darker tendencies sometimes evident in people and has compassion for the susceptible. His desire is to see a more compassionate and more ethical world.
He lives in South Australia with his wife Ruth whom he loves dearly. His first wife, Ann, mother of his two sons and a daughter, died in 2001. He is in love with two countries, Australia and England. Unfortunately, he says, they are many thousands of miles apart. He and his wife travel by train at every opportunity and have enjoyed some of the great train journeys of the world.

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R E Magor reviewed on on March 18, 2017

You're not just reading a finely crafted novel where detectives are working against the clock to apprehend a murderer who taunts them with a plan to strike more than once, but gaining insights by following several other threads into the bargain. You travel with Jim and Betty Hatchard to various parts of the county of Cornwall where they are holidaying and pick up some historical and literary information; you visit a huge tent meeting of worshippers and ask yourself what you think about the healings which are claimed to happen there; you sit in on the discussions of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, including their briefing by a profiler, and also are made aware of a variety of sexual proclivities.
Added to all this is A A Gates' acknowledgement through the Hatchards of the value and support that comes through love, and the understanding that the power to take an offender's freedom places a great responsibility on those whose task it is to make such decisions.
This book is the work of an accomplished writer who raises a number of significant issues for his readers to ponder, while drawing them in to an original and intriguing murder mystery with a thrilling climax.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
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