“A Vila dos Assassinos” introduz, Diana Rivers, escritora, às vezes atriz e investigadora amadora, note bem. Ainda que os romances de mistério e suspe“A Vila dos Assassinos” introduz, Diana Rivers, escritora, às vezes atriz e investigadora amadora, note bem. Ainda que os romances de mistério e suspense de assassinato de Diana Rivers sejam uma série, eles podem ser lidos em qualquer ordem.
Quando um grupo de teatro de estrangeiros se reúne para discutir sua próxima peça, um assassinato acontecerá. Um chantagista persegue essa pitoresca vila cipriota. O grupo está devastado por ciúmes, rivalidades, tensão sexual e negócios ilícitos.
Em segredo, todos tentam encontrar soluções para seus problemas. Alguns acreditam que esta se encontra em um assassinato. Será que conseguirão encontrar o chantagista? Será que conseguirão encontrar o importante “livrinho negro” – uma crônica de todos os seus delitos?
Um corpo é encontrado e Diana se transforma em detetive para desenhar uma lista de suspeitos. Depois de a polícia de envolver, um dos suspeitos é encontrado enforcado – é algum outro assassinato ou um suicídio? Ele realmente se enforcou? Uma visita a casa de um morador da vila descobre um antigo instrumento de assassinos. Essa poderia ser a arma do assassinato? É possível que o assassino more do coração da antes pacífica e idílica vila na montanha?
Amor, ódio, assassinato e drama estão presentes nessa história clássica de detetive. Com uma longa lista de suspeitos, algumas viradas dramáticas e peixes com vinho tinto, o leitor é deixado para adivinhar até as cortinas do final. ...more
This is the first novel I’ve read by Angela Marsons, but no doubt I’ll be back for more. I haven’t given the full five stars (4.5) as I4.5 star review
This is the first novel I’ve read by Angela Marsons, but no doubt I’ll be back for more. I haven’t given the full five stars (4.5) as I felt parts of the book were a little lacking, but nothing major. It took me until chapter ten to really get embroiled and I believe this was down to the main character, detective Kim Stone. Kim Stone seemed too cold towards her work colleagues. Saying that – the chapters are remarkably short (70 in all!). To some extent the maverick police officer is a little clichéd as a flawed protagonist. But, it makes the story work; it flows well and I enjoyed reading it. The further into the book the reader gets, the more Kim Stone’s character and tortured past is revealed. I thought the story was very good and although lacking in originality the concept was impressively developed throughout. Angela Marsons created some very vivid landscapes, and as the reader, I enjoyed being part of the scene as it were. The other characters, bar one, were plausible and their histories were well constructed. (I wasn’t too sure about the bipolar part…it may be me mistake but I thought both women were introduced at one stage during the story…) I would read more from this author and recommend Silent Scream.
This is the first novel I’ve read by Mark Edwards and I bought it because of the reviews – which vary immensely – but come down heavi3.5 Stars Review
This is the first novel I’ve read by Mark Edwards and I bought it because of the reviews – which vary immensely – but come down heavily in favour of 4/5 stars. Now I’ve finished The Magpies I’m in two minds about this book altogether. I took a few chapters to get into story, but once in I sped through this book and at times I did feel gripped by the scenario as it could happen to anyone. However, three things bugged me. I wasn’t too happy with the prose – at times it seemed to have been written by a teenager and at other times flowed well. The second thing were the two main characters, of whom I didn’t feel in any way engaging, so my sympathies were perhaps not as strong if I’d have liked them to have been. Finally, I was very disappointed with the ending. It felt rushed and unfinished, and not in keeping with the main body of work at all. Saying all that, I wanted to finish the book, discover what was going to happen, and I did enjoy it overall. I’d like to give the book four stars, but for my three main gripes, so in this instance I award it 3.5 stars. I would read more from this author. ...more
Kith & Kill heroine, Resa James, is diff Review of Kith & Kill by Thea Hartley
Picture Interesting storyline and credible plot
Kith & Kill heroine, Resa James, is different. She’s not a detective but a psychologist, and is called in to assist the police in identifying the type of person who would kill childless couples.
The author, Thea Hartley, has a good formula with her heroine, as Resa is uniquely placed to identify the connection. As the story unfolds – at a decent pace – more details come to light. Characters are introduced at the right time for the reader to assimilate the information, and I found a good mix of clues popping up here and there.
Running through the novel is a lot of interesting information about infertility and clinics – a large part of the book concerns this, as it is the basis of the plot.
Apart from a scattering of typos and minor grammar mistakes, the book on the whole is taken from a good idea and makes a credible story.
There are more books planned in the series. ...more