William Scott is a part time author who was born and raised outside of Ottawa, Canada. A graduate of Carleton University and former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, he continues to work and live in Canada's National Capital Region.
The consequences of two mysterious acts of violence committed centuries apart could reverberate through history. The only link between them is the shadowy Black Tower Hunt Club and its dangerous members.
on Oct. 02, 2014
When I read the synopsis for Dead Sand, I was worried it might turn into a male version of Murder She Wrote; a writer helps the local police of a small New England town solve a murder. Luckily this was not the case and my reservations were quickly dispelled. We follow Lewis Cole into the seedy underbelly of a vacation town, passing a myriad of well-drawn characters and potential suspects.
Although I’m not usually a fan of first person narratives, the story did not suffer from it. That being said, the narrator inundates the reader with street and building directions within the town for the first part of the book. I understand the need to paint a picture for the reader, but there seemed to be a little too much here.
Happily that is my only issue with the book. It was an enjoyable read, with a believable plot, well conceived action segments, and a satisfying finish. I will definitely be reading the sequel to this book.
The Secret Portrait
on Nov. 17, 2014
Always on the lookout for new mysteries novels, I chanced upon The Secret Portrait and decided to give it a try. Set in the modern Highlands of Scotland, the scenery immediately lends itself to an uncomfortable sense of danger and tragedy. Combined with a cast of suspects that were not the paper thin characters of many mysteries, it quenched my thirst for intrigue.
As stated by some other reviewers the story does seem to suffer from lag at the beginning, the device of the gold coin initially weak and possibly not used to its greatest potential. However it does its job good enough to force the meeting of the characters for a classic murder to occur. The depth of the characters overcomes any shortfalls, and we eagerly follow the burgeoning relationship between journalist Jean Fairbairn and Detective Chief Inspector Cameron as they try and solve the crime.
The mystery itself is what you hope for in this kind of book, challenging enough to keep you interested but not overly complicated. I liked it and will most likely continue on with more in the series.