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Death on Lindisfarne (The Aidan Mysteries #2)

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Grieving the loss of wife and mother, Aidan and Melangell visit the renowned spiritual retreat center on the British island of Lindisfarne so Aidan can share with bright eight-year-old Melangell one of the places that inspired Jenny to write her books.

There they meet up with Jenny's friend Lucy, a Methodist minister, who is teaching a course on the local Northumbrian saint
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Lion Fiction (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lisa Johnson
Sep 10, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: Death on Lindisfarne (The Aidan Mysteries)
Author: Fay Sampson
Pages: 255
Year: 2013
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Death on Lindisfarne is a contemporary mystery that follows the journey of Aidan Davison and his daughter, Melangell. They are visiting some of the favorite spots of saints and/or holy places of Aidan’s deceased wife. She wrote many books on Celtic saints and Aidan was the photographer for her books. For this trip, the two are part of a small group that has signed up for a tour guided by
Sep 12, 2013 Annette rated it really liked it
Source: Free copy from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review.

Death On Lindisfarne takes place less than a year after book one The Hunted Hare. In The Hunted Hare beloved wife of Aidan, and mother to Melangell, died of cancer. In Death On Lindisfarne Aidan and Melangell travel to Lindisfarne-Holy Island, in Northumberland (northeast England). Aidan and Melangell walk the Pilgrim's Way across the wet sand, timing their walk with the receding ocean water. The trip to Lindisfarne is
Victor Gentile
Sep 13, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Fay Sampson in her new book, “Death On Lindisfarne” Book Two in The Aidan Mysteries series published by Monarch Books brings us another mystery with Aidan and his eight-year-old daughter Melangell.

From the back cover: Twice each day the holy island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the incoming tide.

Slight and ginger-bearded, Aidan the photographer and accidental sleuth brings his inquisitive eight-year-old daughter to the retreat center on Lindisfarne. There they meet Lucy, a young
Deanna Gottreu
Sep 13, 2013 Deanna Gottreu rated it it was amazing
Death on Lindisfarne by Fay Sampson is a good book but it took me while to get into the British style of writing. There was very little humor in the story but I did get a good laugh at the author calling the clerical collar a dog collar. Aidan has been a widower for six months when he decides to take his eight year old daughter, Melangell, to Lindisfarne to show her all the places that her mother loved and wrote about in her books. They were there for a week long retreat and were joined by eight ...more
Have you noticed how the majority of Christian fiction set in Britain is written by Americans? I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that: if the research has been done, the result is often a great work. I’ve reviewed several of these novels and have been impressed by many of them. It is, however, refreshing to read a Christian novel set in Britain that is written by a British author.

Death on Lindisfarne is set maybe one year after the events of The Hunted Hare. Wife, mother and Celtic his
I read The Hunted Hare which is book 1 in The Aidan Mysteries series last year and if you remember it was a book I both liked and disliked – with Death on Lindisfarne it was completely different. I liked following Aidan and his daughter Melangell to the island of Lindisfarne, which I’ve read of in other books and enjoy reading to know more about this famed island which is cut off from the mainland each day. This book takes place 6 months after Aidan loses his wife, which is why they were on ...more
Sep 24, 2016 Beverly rated it it was ok
Too bad it wasn't a better read. Don't think I quite finished it.
Sep 08, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Aidan and eight-year-old Melangell are still reeling from the loss of their wife and mother, Jenny. It is hard not to go into the past as everywhere they go reminds them of her. Lindisfarne is particularly special as it was one of the places she wrote a book about with photos taken by Aidan. Now years later, Aidan wants to show their daughter the places behind the books Jenny wrote, and give Melangell a little bit more time to say goodbye to the precious mother that raised her and loved them ...more
Create With Joy
Sep 12, 2013 Create With Joy rated it really liked it
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books that are a part of a series. Many of these series I am delving into mid-way, after the author has laid the groundwork for the current story in a previous book.

When an author is skilled at her craft, she is able to draw you into the story in a way that enables you to enjoy the book in hand while fostering a desire within you to go back and read the prequel, not because you feel that the story is incomplete without it – but because the story was that good.

Kevin Sorensen
Sep 10, 2013 Kevin Sorensen rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read Ms. Sampson's first in the Aidan Mysteries series, The Hunted Hare back in November of 2012. As delighted as I was with that book, I was thrilled to be asked to review Death on Lindisfarne, the second in the Aidan Mystery series. Too be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. It is not an easy task to measure up to high expectations with a sequel, but I was not disappointed at all.

Mysteries are not high on my reading list. I'm too impatient and often find myself 'peeking'
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Death on Lindisfarne
The Aidan Mysteries
By Fay Sampson

When Aidan Davison brought Melangell - his 8 year old daughter, to the holy island of Lindisfarne he had little idea of what he would be stepping into. What was suppose to be a retreat that included a course on the Northumbrian saints all to soon turns into a murder mystery when a troubled young woman is found dead.

But did Rachel take her own life or did someone end it for her? This is the question that troubles Aidan and police officer-turne
Dec 04, 2014 Jaime rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

I don't usually enjoy Celtic mythology or any type of history, but the summary made this sound like it was MORE than all of that. And oh boy, it was.

We follow Aiden and his 8-year-old daughter Melangell, still recovering from the death of Aiden's wife (Melangell's mother) from 6 months back. They decide to join a religious retreat focusing more on the history of Lindisfarne and its area than on Christian (or Celtic) religions. I mention both because anothe
Sep 03, 2013 Mary-ann rated it it was amazing
Grieving the loss of wife and mother, Aidan and Melangell visit the renowned spiritual retreat center on the British island of Lindisfarne so Aidan can share with bright eight-year-old Melangell one of the places that inspired Jenny to write her books.
There they meet up with Jenny’s friend Lucy, a Methodist minister, who is teaching a course on the local Northumbrian saints. Lucy has brought Rachel, a troubled teenager, to the Holy Island in hopes that the remoteness and peace of the
This is a very different kind of mystery than what I'm used to. Aidan and his daughter Melangell head to the island of Lindisfarne for a week's retreat on Northumbrian saints. Aidan's a widower of six months and wants to show his eight-year-old the place her mother loved. There they meet an eclectic group of people, including the Methodist minister running the course and the troubled girl she's trying to save. The island's cut off from the mainland by the tide twice a day and when one of their ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 15, 2016 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
A very good entertaining mystery. I have to admit she has me fooled right up to the last couple of chapters. I really thought it was one certain person and it wasn't! Towards the end I did think I had it figured out and I was right. This is the second book by Fay for me. The first being "The Hunted Hare" which I rated 5 stars.

For me this book was a tad slower and not as interesting to get into. I also didn't love the characters quite as much. While I still loved Melangell (she was the star for m
Sep 10, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
This was a hard book for me to get into-- I picked it up and started it 3-4 times before I finally wound up reading the whole thing. There's a lot of details about history of Lindisfarne / Northumbrian spirituality that really did not itnerest me the way that I thought it would. I found myself skimming the long-winded saint stories, looking more for the modern day characters and plot.

That said, the overall plot of the book was interesting. A mismatched group of characters gathers on the island f
Kate Baxter
After having read The Hunted Hare, I was eager to get my hands on Death on Lindisfarne. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Our hero and professional photographer, Aidan Davison, and his precocious 8 year old daughter, Melangell, are off on their first holiday week together since the passing of his wife and her mother. His emotions are still raw and his daughter appears to have adjusted somewhat and keeps her mother close in heart and soul. They're visiting the Isle of Lindisfarne for a ...more
Sep 09, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads, mystery
This book, the sequel to The Hunted Hare, is the second in Fay Sampson's Aidan Mysteries. While mysteries are not my favorite genre, I love the author's blending of Celtic history, Irish scenery, and modern mysteries. In fact, it sometimes feels like I'm taking a vacation to these locations, without the inconvenience of long flights, poor weather, and traffic.
While The Hunted Hare was told through the eyes of Aidan and his wife Jenny, Death on Lindisfarne uses multiple points of view. While this
Joyce Yanney
Six months ago, Jenny, wife of Aidan and mother of 8 year old Melangell has died. They visit Lindisfarne, which is one of the places that helped Jenny to write her books. A favorite spot of saints and a holy place. Lindisfarne is cut off two times a day from the mainland by tides. There is murder on the island. Suspicion falls on one guest, then another. Or did the murderer leave on low tide? This story as written makes you want to flip the pages, reading fast. Who did it? If you want to know, ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Shirley rated it really liked it
"Death On Lindisfarne" by Fay Sampson.

Aidan and his eight year old daughter Melangell embark on a vacation to Holy Island to attend a course on the Northumbrian saints. When a body is discovered on the beach members of the group come under suspicion and scrutiny. This book has it all mystery, suspense, history, and religion! The characters have depth and are very relatable. The author gives an interesting and detailed description of the setting - Lindisfarne- along with the religious history of
Oct 04, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves history and mystery!
This sequel to The Hunted Hare, and 2nd in the "Aidan mystery series" is full of surprises. I certainly wasn't expecting to be treated to the rich history of Holy Island and of Northumbria. While the mystery itself may have been a bit predictable, the richness of the landscape and the depth of the characters certainly was not. I found myself drawn into the medieval history, taught by the characters, of the ancient Christians on Lidisfarne. For anyone who enjoys a well-written, well-rounded story ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
This is a book for people who like British mysteries, British history, and want to learn something about Celtic spirituality. This is a sequel to The Hunted Hare and you should read that one first. Rather than lots of action, this book concentrates more on the character of the individuals and their motivations. It was interesting to read about several Celtic saints. You can see my full review at
Christian - Knightingale Reviews
I won this book in the giveaways and it is the first piece of work from Fay Sampson that I have read. I really enjoy a good mystery novel every now and again, and this book definitely fit the bill. I loved Fay's characters especially Melangell and her father Aiden. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Kay Robart
Aug 23, 2013 Kay Robart rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I got a free copy of this novel in a giveaway from Goodreads. I was attracted to it because of its setting (I can’t resist novels set on islands), and frankly its cover. Unfortunately, however, I found the mystery to be mediocre at best.

See my complete review here:
Lynne Alexander
Jan 04, 2014 Lynne Alexander rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading others by Sampson. I do however wish I had read the Hunted Hare first but it really did not create major problems for me. I have visited Lindisfarne/Holy Island recently so this was very familiar territory for me but I think I would have loved the Celtic spirituality aspects even if I had not been there before.
Dec 21, 2014 Leobloom rated it it was ok
This is a tedious read, despite being a short book there are acres of fillers, the action and plot are very thin. She has done her research, on the history of the place, however. Maybe it's meant for kids..
Dom Barton
Aug 23, 2013 Dom Barton rated it it was amazing
Modern day crime, history, faith, ministry, emotions - intricately entwined captivating characters. Did not want to put the book down.
Laura rated it really liked it
Aug 25, 2013
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Fay Sampson graduated in Mathematics, and trained as a teacher. Combining teaching with writing, Fay's children's books were frequently featured in 'Children's Books of the Year'. When she became a full-time writer, she turned to writing novels for adults, based on history and legend. She now lives with her husband in a Tudor cottage in mid-Devon.
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