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Children of the Plantation (Diana Rivers #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Mystery-suspense-thriller writer, Faith Mortimer warmly invites you to book two, “Children of The Plantation”, in the best-selling Diana Rivers mystery thriller series. It’s disturbing, thrilling and is described as an “Exotic Agatha Christie -Style Mystery”.

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After discovering the truth surrounding the bloody murders in, “The Assassins’ Village”, our sexy,
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published (first published January 11th 2011)
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Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I appear to be reading the Diana Rivers Mysteries in the wrong order since I started with number two and have just read number six but that doesn’t matter at all as each book is complete in itself with the mystery solved by novelist “Diana Rivers”.

However in “Children of the Plantation” Diana takes a back seat for most of the storyline, reading about a murder, which took place many years before, through the diaries of two members of a family. This novel is set in a hotel near Kuala Lumpur in Mal
Cathy Speight
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having read Faith's The Assassins' Village which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was very keen to acquaint myself with another work by her. This did not disappoint.

Diana (a prominent author and newly pregnant) and Steve go on holiday to Malaysia where Diana spent time as a child. The owner (Miss Chalcot) of the hotel in which they are staying, is an admirer of Diana's work and asks her if she would kindly sift through some diaries and papers to gather information on some particular family events that o
Faith Mortimer
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
After discovering the truth surrounding the bloody murders in, “The Assassins’ Village”, our sexy, feisty sleuth and heroine, Diana Rivers and her partner Steve, decide they deserve a holiday. Trying to relax at their luxurious palm fringed plantation hotel in lush, tropical Malaysia; things don’t quite work out as they imagined.
Diana is approached by the hotel owner, the enigmatic Miss Chalcot, well-bred, imperious and secretive, to take a look through some old family documents. Miss Chalcot po
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
an interesting mystery set in malaysia.

the crime - a murder - happened many years ago (the 60s). you don't actually even to the crime until you are well into the book, but narrative is so intesting - learning about colonial life among the 'natives'. the story is told as a pregnant Diana, aided by her husband Steve, reads some journals. Diana does meet and interview some of the principals still living.

it's a compelling story and it's told well. i absolutely loved the exotic, protected hothouse
Aunty Janet
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, far more than the previous in the series - 'The Assassins' Village'. I found the plot to be much 'tighter' and there appeared to be far fewer characters. (I may be wrong, I haven't counted). I was gripped by the story, but had guessed the surprise (I don't want to spoil the story for others), but had forgotten it again by the end! The last 10% of the book is a repeat of the beginning of 'The Assassins' Village. You don't need to have read it to enjoy this book, which ...more
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Holidaying with her husband in a Malaysian hotel, author and sleuth Diane Rivers is asked to read some diaries belonging to the owner, Miss Chalcot with the view to putting right a wrong that happened many years earlier. Through these diaries, we meet Miss Chalcot’s parents, siblings, and others that helped shape the family’s mysterious past.

The descriptions of Malaysia set the scene well – the author undoubtedly knows a great deal about the location – making the Children of the Plantation a ski
Joey Paul
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CHILDREN OF THE PLANTATION is the second in the Diana Rivers series and the story is once again filled with mystery and intrigue. Accosted on holiday to write the story of a family and put right a wrong once done in the past, Diana is left with diaries telling the tale of a forty year old murder. The book is well written and kept me guessing until the very end, at which point I was delighted with the way it had ended. Another excellent book from Faith Mortimer and will continue to read and enjoy ...more
Jackie Roche
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second in the Diane Rivers' series.

The picture she painted of Malaya made me want to jump on a plane and go there immediately.

The ending was an OMG moment. Never in a million years would I have worked it out!

I'm definitely going to download "The Surgeon's Blade", the next Diane Rivers adventure.

For those of you who love a good mystery this is certainly a book for you.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book

I enjoyed reading this story of a changing time where some couldn't let go of the ways of the past. There were a few things I didn't care for, that is why 4 stars instead of 5. I had it figured out about 75 percent through, but had to read about how it unfolded. Thank you
Janice Fahrney-rudeen
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Interesting format and a complex family tragedy. I believe this is the next series for me---light and entertaining with wonderful lead character.

Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. I think I may have liked it better than the first one. Liked the fact that you didn't have to read The Assasins' Village first, even though I did.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Diana Rivers is exploring a mystery from the past involving a dysfunctional family in Malaysia.
Glynis Smy
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great mystery read by Faith Mortimer. Again the characters interacted well, and the descriptions enjoyable.
read after "The Assassin's Village"
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
another great read from the second book in the series. fans of this series will not be disappointed.
Matt Kelland
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I didn't enjoy the previous Diana Rivers books, but this one was okay. I liked the story - murder in the expat colony of 1960s Malaya. However, I didn't like the way the story was told.

It's told in flashback, using the device of a novelist who is given some diaries and asked if she can make a novel out of them. I've never liked the idea of using a writer as a character: it always feels like the author is trying to make themselves part of the story instead of letting it stand on its own. What I r
Leila  I.
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Book was well written, but not my type of book. I did not find any suspense in this book. I really
only enjoy lots of suspense along with the central mystery.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Definately not what I thought it was going to be. This one is slower to establish the story line than the first book.
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Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. A Registered nurse,then changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies. Faith is happily married and has two children. She lives in the south of England and so far, has written three series of books which are also, all standalone novels.

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Diana Rivers (7 books)
  • The Assassins' Village (Diana Rivers #1)
  • The Surgeon's Blade
  • Camera...Action...Murder!
  • Childhunt
  • A Deadly Learning (Diana Rivers, #6)
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