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Kathy Shuker

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I am a British author of absorbing and compelling stand-alone mysteries, stories of intrigue and long held secrets. I trained as a physiotherapist but a back injury forced me to change career and, after studying design I worked as a freelance artist.
I started writing many years ago and now write full-time. Deep Water, Thin Ice, is a mystery set against the beguiling tides of south west England. My second novel, Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts, a tale with a quiet air of menace, is set during a long, hot summer in Provence. That Still and Whispering Place explores the intrigue which follows the disappearance of a young girl from a village in Cornwall and was long listed for the DLF Writing Prize. Book four, The Silence Before Thunder, also long
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Kathy Shuker I don't think I've ever suffered complete writer's block fortunately. I write fiction and If I'm stuck with a scene or a section of plot I distance my…moreI don't think I've ever suffered complete writer's block fortunately. I write fiction and If I'm stuck with a scene or a section of plot I distance myself for a short while, try to do something easy on the mind like taking a walk or working in the garden. Then my sub-conscious seems to work on it and often the answer just comes to me. If I try too hard I can just go round in circles. Coming back to a story with fresh eyes is invaluable.(less)
Kathy Shuker Good question! Lots of things. I love inhabiting the worlds I create, getting to know my characters and how they will react to what life will throw at…moreGood question! Lots of things. I love inhabiting the worlds I create, getting to know my characters and how they will react to what life will throw at them, juggling all the different pieces of the jigsaw so the plot intertwines but hopefully comes out making sense at the end! I also love playing with the language, choosing the right words to - with luck - create the same image in the mind of the reader as I have in my own. Despite the inevitable angst, it's a privilege to be able to do it.(less)
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Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts

4.22 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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Deep Water Thin Ice

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That Still and Whispering P...

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The Silence Before Thunder

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Goodbye 2020; hello and welcome 2021!

What a terrible year. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, struggled with illness, lost their job, or are currently scared and unsure whether they’ll have a job going forward. None of us will be sorry to see the back of 2020, that’s for sure.

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John le Carre's writing remains undimmed. I thoroughly enjoyed this, his latest offering: strong and engaging characters, always a little flawed which makes them all the more believable. There is the usual astute observation and unflinching political ...more
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The title of this book immediately caught my attention. It suggested something eerie, a little supernatural perhaps and I wasn’t disappointed. There’s a longstanding family feud and the suspicion of murder, all set against a backdrop of alleged witch ...more
The Alchemy of Noise by Lorraine Devon Wilke
"A contemporary romance that is particularly poignant in the current climate of unrest due to the murder of George Floyd, this novel captures the time in which we live.

The advice to writers is always to write what you know. Lorraine Devon Wilke write" Read more of this review »
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" Morning everyone. Hope you are all well in these difficult times.
I just wanted to let you know that Amazon have reduced the price in the UK of the pap
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Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts by Kathy Shuker
"Kathy Shuker tells a wonderful story. I don't normally give 5 stars but this novel earns it. I know more now about the artworld than I ever did, especially behind the scenes of art shows and exhibitions. I enjoyed the subtle suspense, the uncertainty" Read more of this review »
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, The Camomile Lawn - both outstanding, in very different wa
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"From the moment I began reading The Age of Light until the last page of this story came to a close, I was mesmerized and captivated by Scharer's fictional account of photographer/model, Lee Miller, and the men for whom she was a muse, most significan" Read more of this review »
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“Letting go’ sounded like such an easy thing to do...but actually involved a lot of pain.”
Kathy Shuker, Deep Water, Thin Ice

“There was almost an air of penance about her, as if, by doing these dirty jobs which she found so distasteful, she was trying to repay some debt. And, to judge from the shadowy sadness which she carried around her like a mantle, it was about as effective as throwing in spadefuls of sand to dam a flowing river.”
Kathy Shuker, Deep Water, Thin Ice

“When she’d been younger relationships appeared so much easier and more black and white; love was an overriding emotion, seemingly obvious to identify. These days the word ‘love’ conjured up a breadth of feelings; she recognised more shades of grey in it.”
Kathy Shuker, Deep Water, Thin Ice
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