Every Secret Thing (Kate Murray #1)
‘No one lives for ever. But the truth survives us all’
Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had approached her wanting to tell her about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder. The crime was old, he’d told her, but still deserving of justice.
Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her...more
The mystery/thriller starts when Kate is approached by an old man who mentions a murder in WW2 in one breath and her beloved grandmother in the next, before becoming the victim of a hit-and-run. Shocked, but compelled to uncover the secrets of her ...more
RIP Daphne DuMaurier, Mary Stewart, M.M. Kaye and Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels :(
I love these writers, but let's face it, there will never be another new release from any of them, unless they actually become ghost writers (weak pun attempt, sorry).
Which brings me to Susanna Kearsley (here named Emma Cole) in her book, ...more
I very much ...more
Honestly, even now, the 4th or 5th time I've read Every Secret Thing, I spent the last 1/4 of the book at least bawling my eyes out.
And now I'm doing the other thing I always do: immediately re-reading it so I can sit back and admire just how cleverly Kearsley built the story, laid the clues, and made me fall completely in love with a character who was only 'on screen', so to speak, for about 5 minutes.
World W ...more
This novel is by Canadian writer Susanna Kearsley, who writes wonderful, literate Gothic romances, up there with the best of Mary Stewart and Barbara Michaels, full of atmosphere and terrific description and spunky heroines, real page-turners that I rate high among my guilty reading pleasures.
This novel is a different genre, historical mystery of a sort. A journalist delves into a World War II spy mystery that has sent tendrils into the present day and involves the journal ...more
Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everything, really: history, mystery, romance, and sadness. Yes, there was some achingly sad parts, I almost shed a tear.
Kate is in England covering a murder trial when she meets an old man named Andrew Deacon. This sets her off on a path involving his connection to her grandmother, their pasts, and some shady business that went on during WWII. People are ...more
I hadn't realized Emma Cole is Susanna Kearsley, as it was qu ...more
Journalist Kate Murray is covering a trial in London when an elderly man tries to tell her about an old mysterious murder - then is killed before her ...more
The story has different elements than later Kearsley books. The romance is minimal and the book is based largely on Kate examining the crime from the present day. I enjoyed reading this early work.
Originally published under another pen name, Emma Cole, Every Secret Thing is now released by Sus ...more
Kate Murray is a reporter working the case of a serial killer in London, far from her home in Toronto where she lives with her grandmother. An older gentleman named Andrew Deacon approaches her, saying he has a story for her. Kate gets stuff like this all the time and brushes him off but not before he makes a brief observation relating her to her grandmother back in Canada. Before ...more
Cole, Emma (aka Susanna Kearsley) – Standalone
Allison & Busby, 2006- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0749081864
*** Canadian journalist Kate Murray is approached by an older man, told she has her grandmother’s eyes and that he wants to tell her about a crime never brought to justice. Before learning any more, he is killed by a hit-and-run driver. When the man’s nephew is murdered and then her grandmother, Kate sets off on a journey that starte ...more
The story opens in London, where Kate has been covering a trial. An older man approaches her, telling about a story of an old crime, for which no one has been brought to justice. Before he can te ...more
Journalist Kate Murray is surprised when a man approaches her on a London street, telling her they need to meet and talk about a long-ago murder. Moments later, he is dead, victim of a hit and run.
Intrigued by his words and still clasping the dead man's business card she pursues his story with the vigour of a terrier.
With plenty of twists and turns th ...more
This book starts so well quickly moving the narrative onto the crux of the mystery to be solved.
I first met Andrew Deacon on the morning of the day he died.
It bothered me, afterwards how little I remembered him. Someone who ...more
Our main character, Kate Murray, learns of a decades old murder from someone quite unassuming. Using her skills as a reporter, Kate sets out on a quest to uncover the truth and hopefully find justice. In a surprising twist, she learns that the story is so much larger, closer to home and suddenly she is thrust in the center of things.
I particularly loved the bittersweet story Kate uncovers when sh ...more
If you've read her more recent work, you're likely familiar with her formula: past and present are woven together, rich historical details, a dash of romance and often some sort of paranormal element. Every Secret Thing puts more of an emphasis on unfolding the secrets of the past while firmly rooted in the present, de-emphasizes the romance and adds an air of mystery and intrigue which I ...more
Journalist Kate is covering a trial in England when an old man approaches her. He's trying to get justice for someone murdered long ago, he says, and he has a report about it he wants to give her. Busy, she puts him off. He leaves, but mentions she has her grandmother's eyes. Surprised, she watches him go, sees a car run over and kill him.
That's the beginning of this engrossing mystery. More murders ...more