Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

The Elephant Girl – Henriette Gyland

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Romance on July 19th, 2013 by admin – 4 Comments

The Elephant Girl

Published
04/07/2013

Publisher
Choc Lit

Source
Publisher

My Rating
4 stars -  I have a few more lined up from this publisher and am now looking forward to them even more!

The Elephant Girl is the second novel from Henriette Gyland and one of many new titles from Choc Lit, a relatively new publisher which publishes stories for women with romance at the forefront.  I never thought I’d ever be a fan of contemporary romantic fiction but I don’t mind being proven wrong here and more recently by another of Choc Lit’s titles, Beneath an Irish Sky.

There are two key characters in The Elephant Girl,  Helen Stephens and Jason Moody, both in their mid-twenties, who meet in supposedly random circumstances.  Little does Jason know that Helen is a woman on a mission, determined to track down the woman responsible for her mother’s death 20 years beforehand.

In this cleverly plotted tale, the author successfully blends romance and mystery with a dash of thriller for good measure.  Fear not, ye wimps (like me) who don’t fare too well with blood and gore, this is crime-lite, an ideal holiday read to put a smile on your face…or maybe an occasional  frown as you might want to knock Helen and Jason’s heads together but  then the path of true love never did run smoothly!

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The Crowfield Demon – Pat Walsh

Posted in Children's Books, Historical Fiction on July 28th, 2011 by admin – 4 Comments

Having really enjoyed the first Crowfield book last year, I was eager to catch up with William and the rest of the inhabitants of Crowfield Abbey including Brother Walter, the endearing hob and the enigmatic fay Shadlock.

It is now March 1348 and a year has passed since the shenanigans involving the fallen angel in the woods and the subsequent battle between good and evil.  Surely, peace will now reign in this cloistered domain but alas, there is no rest for the wicked given the evil aura which seems to be settling over the church at Crowfield, tainting the inhabitants’ thoughts be they awake or asleep.

William, Brother Walter, Shadlock and Brother Snail join forces to track down the source of this malevolence and hopefully conquer it.  However they cannot do this without drawing on pagan powers such as alchemy – where will it all end?  As usual, the rest of the monks look down on William and don’t take his warnings seriously – yes, they will regret it!

Pat Walsh has succeeded in keeping up the pace of her first Crowfield novel, cranking up the tension and increasing the mystery of William’s family, leaving the reader chomping at the bit for the next instalment in this exciting medieval fantasy.  Highly recommended for ages 9-12 and “big kids” too!

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