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.
I discovered this book in one of the Goodreads discussion groups and decided to give it a try. Billed as an action adventure, this book really delivers the goods. From the first chapter to the last, I was pulled into a flurry of activity that made putting the book down nearly impossible.
I enjoyed the fact that it used traditional aspects of the genre without feeling stale or obvious. The main character is your classic hero thrust into adventure and intrigue, with his trusty aid by his side. They are set upon by enemy agents as they cross Europe, eventually facing a deadly adversary. The use of the Russian Revolution as a backdrop was a welcome change from the standard and I really found myself emerged in the era.
I really enjoyed this self-published book and plan on reading further works by the author.
I’ve read a few Regency era mysteries in the past and decided to try another one. Although this was not the best of the genre, I found it to be entertaining and it kept my interest until the end.
The mystery at the heart of the novel was well executed; with numerous suspects, a few red herrings, and slowly revealing enough detail to keep the solution from being obvious too early. This all made up for some characters and dialogue that didn’t seem right.
The best part of the novel however, was the setting and the mood the author created. You can tell it was well researched. I found the first person dialogue made the immersion into the dark and dingy streets of Regency London realistic. The scenes are vividly painted and you can almost feel yourself there.
I enjoyed reading this novel and thought it was good. I plan on reading more from the series in the hope that the following works improve on this initial offering.
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.
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.
It’s a rare thing to find a novel of historical fiction that is entertaining, genuine, and well written. But that was thankfully what I discovered when I finished Sabrina Flynn’s, From the Ashes. Set in turn of the century San Francisco, newly returned Atticus Riot resumes his role as a detective in order to find an abducted heiress.
Admittedly I found the story a bit slow developing in the beginning, the premise of two abduction notes alone not as intriguing to me as they were to Riot. However the strength of the writing and the obvious research into the era and location kept me interested. Luckily I kept reading and was rewarded with an entertaining story that kept me guessing, becoming harder to put down as I progressed.
I really enjoyed this book, including the small nods to previous works of detective fiction. I felt immersed in the past and eager to discover the solution as I read, which is exactly what I was hoping for when I started.