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The Threshing Circle

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A young couple arrive on the Greek island of Crete and begin prying into the execution of a beautiful English woman during the German occupation sixty years before. They enter a labyrinth of forbidden love, betrayals, murder, greed and vendettas, old and new.
Then they disappear.
A feisty Scottish woman and an irascible, Zorba-like Greek form a reluctant allegiance in a de
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published February 19th 2014 by Grimpen Publications
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Kath Middleton
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent story takes place on the island of Crete. Kirsty is a Scottish woman who left home to run a kafenion on the island following a divorce. A beautiful girl, Eleni, and her new husband, Patrick, come for their honeymoon and old memories are stirred up. Memories and enmities. Treachery and betrayal during WWII echo down the years and Eleni, with a half-Greek mother, is drawn in. Kirsty is determined to find the couple when they disappear in strange circumstances.

This is a tightly-writt
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aloni, a Thresing Circle of Harvest Dancing and Death Harvesting

Normally I am a quick reader; however, I spent two weeks with THE THRESHING CIRCLE. Not because it was labourious or confusing, quite the opposite. I read slowly, two or three chapters a time, to truly soak in page after page steeped in Cretan culture. I had wished to allow my mental painting to grasp as finely as possible the rich details that Neil Grimmett weaves into this thrilling tapestry with a native fluidity.

Although more th
Liz Barnsley
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 stars***

Thank you to the author for the review copy.

A young couple arrive on the Greek island of Crete and begin prying into the execution of a beautiful English woman during the German occupation sixty years before. They enter a labyrinth of forbidden love, betrayals, murder, greed and vendettas, old and new.

So I wasnt quite sure what to expect going into this one – what I found was a wonderfully addictive story (I read it off and on in a single day), an absolutely tremendous sense of pla
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Frenchie by: Cannot remember how I came about it...
A web of deceit, lies and ultimate betrayal...

Oh my, what a read! I have to say, I skipped sleep because I couldn't bear not knowing what would come next. I know my review will not do the story justice, so, I will just try my best. I have read very good books this year, but this is actually the first book that had the 'wow' factor for me and stayed with me a little bit longer after I finished it.
The background is Crete today, but the root of the story is Crete, May 1942 when a young English art
Lynelle Clark
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

This was absolutely a fantastic read. From the beginning the author drew you into this plot; tailored to hold you captive till the very last page. His ability to paint pictures with words making it alive and believable is simply outstanding. Every character, every place and every scene had your interest as this mystery / thriller reveals more of the human frailty, the greed, betrayal and their way of seeing things. The island of Crete liv
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A mermaid with a forked tail......

British author Neil Grimmett has been writing short stories and winning awards for same for many years. Born in Birmingham and now living in Somerset, Grimmett has traveled extensively in Greece and Spain and that sense of place comes through with distinction and acute attention to detail of place and culture in this is debut full length novel THE THRESHING CIRCLE. It is a mystery thriller of betrayal, murder, vendetta, kidnapping and other chilling incidents t
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really had no expectations going into this book, and it completely blew me away! It's the best fiction I've read in years. There are probably more, but the other books I can remember responding to this intensely were by Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Cormack McCarthy. In short, this dude is frickin' amazing! The characters, the way the story is woven together, the foreshadowing, the carefully placed questions in the reader's mind… all masterfully done. And the writing is so beautiful, I wanted to r ...more
Sandy S
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 19, 2014

A young couple arrive on the Greek island of Crete and begin prying into the execution of a beautiful English woman during the German occupation sixty years before. They enter a labyrinth of forbidden love, betrayals, murder, greed and vendettas, old and new.

Then they disappear.

A feisty Scottish woman and an irascible, Zorba-like Greek form a reluctant allegiance in a desperate attempt to find and rescue them. They both have very different
Carrie Lahain
**I received the Kindle version in return for an honest review.

In Neil Grimmett's taut thriller, the arrival of a young British couple on the island of Crete re-ignites a vendetta with its roots in the darkest days of WW II. It falls to Kirsty, a Scottish woman who owns a cafe, and Barba Yiorgos, a local bigger-than-life personality, to unravel decades worth of tangled secrets and half-truths and prevent a bloody history from repeating itself.

While I gave the book five stars, I had a serious lo
Clare O'Beara
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: europe-crime
Set on the Greek island of Crete, this thriller looks first at life during the hated Nazi German occupation and then at modern day in 2004. We are early in no doubt that this book contrasts outsiders with islanders, and that lives will be lost.

An English girl stuck on Crete during the war falls in love with a Cretan freedom fighter and one of the local women smilingly gives her a gift of red silk, but on this is a picture of a mermaid with forked tail, which implies a loose woman. Not knowing th
Nancy Silk
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A Modern Day Greek Classic"

This is an astounding, never to be forgotten story written by Author Neil Grimmett. In today's world, Crete is a popular tourist attraction for the British Isles and Europe cultures. Even before and during the Second World War it was also a place where many foreigners took up residence. On May 17, 1942, in a high mountain village, Marianna, an English woman dwells with her infant daughter, Athena. Her husband, Michaelis, is a member of the Cretan Freedom Fighters hidi
Cheryl M-M
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some authors can transport you straight into the location, environment and setting their story takes place in. Grimmett does that exceptionally well. You can almost feel yourself wandering the dusty roads of Crete, smelling the salty sea air and soaking in the atmosphere.

This tale starts in the past and the events of one night trickle like a ripple of water through time all the way into the present. Secrets once thought buried forever are suddenly alive and well and strutting through town.

One of
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel because it was full of extremes and loaded with Cretan culture, a certain darkness and yet exhilarating romances that titillate the reader.
The story begins with an extremely beautiful English woman, Marianne, falling in love with a married Cretan man, although she believed him to be single, has a baby girl by him, when he has to return to fighting Germans. As a vengeance for their misconduct, she is revealed to the Germans, who decide to make her an example to the locals popul
Sandra Stiles
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, suspense
I wasn't really sure what to think about this book. It sounded interesting from the beginning. I was completely surprised by what I read. It starts off in 1942 in a small village in Crete. A young English woman is married to a Cretan soldier. What she doesn't know is that he is married to another Cretan woman. She thinks the people of the village have accepted her when they give her a gift. She shows it to her husband when he slips away from his patrol to see her. Little does he know that the pe ...more
Just another reader
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are some books that create a tremendous anticipation in you as the reader, even before you pick the book up for reading. This was one such book. The blurb and the thoughts of the other readers here, all made me certain that this book was going to be special and worthy of being cherished. True to this, the book proved to be brilliantly captivating and made me finish it in one go straight.

The story is enticingly
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-requests
This is an excellent thrilling story spanning three generations, several families and a smattering of Greek mythology. The prologue starts nearing the end of the second world war when two young loves, Michaelis and Marianna, have their lives lost and torn apart in a most appalling way by the treachery and deception of one of Michaelis's relatives. This deep seated deceit and need for retribution has been harboured by the families of Chania on the island of Crete for over sixty years and grown in ...more
Willy Eckerslike
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
This novel, Neil Grimmett’s debut full length thriller, reads like a work of a seasoned author rather than the usual tentative, raw and untidy efforts we so often suffer in the modern vanity-publishing world. This is thanks, no doubt, to him having worked his way through the traditional short story mill where the very best authors hone their skills.

Set in two time periods and primarily on Crete, it tells a complex story of love, betrayal and generation spanning vendettas which start during the w
The Threshing Circle, by Neil Grimmett, is a story as cryptic and intriguing as its characters, set in a modern world imbued with the blood and depths of history, and flowing with glorious scenery, haunting images, and the winds of change.

The story takes place on Crete, tying past and present through the fates of a beautiful Englishwoman during the Second World War, and the equally beautiful tourist who reminds people of her. The tourist is on vacation with her husband, but restaurant owner Kirs
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The Threshing Circle is a powerfully intense novel of betrayal, deceit, and murder that spans several generations and threatens the lives of any who dare to uncover the truth.

Hatred and revenge left a young mother dead and her husband heartbroken and now, even in present day, those who know the truth will stop at nothing to conceal this merciless crime. So, when a young English couple arrives on the Island of Crete and begin poking around, they wind up missing. But, not before befriending and Sc
Sherry Ellis
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Threshing Circle is a mystery thriller of murder and betrayal that takes place on the Greek island of Crete. It begins with the execution of an English woman during the German occupation of Crete in World War I. Years later, a young couple, Patrick and Eleni, visits Crete to learn more about the execution. (Interestingly, Eleni bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman who was murdered.) When those two end up missing, two more characters take up the search and try to figure out what is going ...more
Diane Rapp
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Greek tale of kidnapping, vendetta, and tragic love

This thrilling mystery gives the reader facts about the turbulent history of Crete while unraveling a poignant tale of love and betrayal. The threshing circle was once a place where farmers prepared grains from their harvest, staged plays for entertainment, and the bloody arena were enemies fought, perhaps to the death. In modern day the enemies are cleverly hidden but the battle is just as dangerous.

The talented author takes his readers on a
Teri G
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, my thanks to the author, Neil Grimmett, for allowing me the opportunity to read this wonderful book. I promised him an honest review and find myself eager and happy to do so. I was transported to Crete, to a culture that I have never truly understood but have loved reading about in history. This book, The Threshing Circle, is an amalgamation of betrayal, love lost and found, mysteries that defy man's ability to accept the unknown, and mostly a tale of hatred that knows no forgiveness, o ...more
Scott Whitmore
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
An intricately crafted and immersive thriller set on the beautiful and mysterious island of Crete, The Threshing Circle by Neil Grimmett (@pensworthy) is a wonderful read, perfect for the beach, a rainy day, while traveling — any time, really. My review is based on a copy of the book provided by the author for that purpose.

Some stories are so universal the basic elements can be lifted from one locale and placed in another with little lost in the process. Not so with The Threshing Circle, which
Nicola L
3.5 stars.

Overall I found this to be a well-paced story with some fairly exciting, attention-grabbing moments interwoven throughout. Unfortunately however, I also found myself growing alternately confused and grossed out at various points during the storyline, which is what prevents me from giving it a higher rating than three and a half stars.

During the German occupation of Crete in WWII, a beautiful Englishwoman is executed by Nazi soldiers. Decades later a young couple arrive on the island
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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So – this is a bit outside my usual genre but I like that every now and then. Keeps things fresh. Of course the Greek element intriuged me, its somewhere I always wanted to go since I was a child. One day ….
Anyway – The Threshing Cirlce is more than just a suspense novel. It's got snippets of history interwoven with a fictional tale of a forbidden love – but as ever Love won't be denied but it comes at a terrible cost to th
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
‘They’re like the pieces in a mosaic: until they’re all set in place, there’s no clear picture.’

Set in Crete, ‘The Threshing Circle’ involves betrayal, kidnapping, murder, revenge and vendetta. While mostly set in 2004, this particular cycle of blood began in 1942, during the German occupation when a young woman named Marianna was murdered. In 2004, a young couple named Patrick and Eleni arrive on Crete – as tourists they say – but they seem very interested in the story of Marianna’s execution.
J. Nicole
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Threshing Circle is a very compelling mystery/thriller that will resonate with readers long after finishing that final page. Although, toward the beginning, I found it a bit hard to get into, I couldn't have enjoyed it much more once I did. I loved the different layers involved in the story. It isn't the expected liner plot in one dimension, but a story that needs to be unraveled - something that readers are sure to enjoy doing.

If there's one thing I love, it's settings that take me far away
Shay VanZwoll
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A mystery unfolds around a Scottish ex-pat who runs a kafenion in Crete as she is pulled into the story of a member of the Crete Resistance in 1942 and his love. 62 years after the English Woman married to Kapetanios Michaelis is betrayed to the Germans, a woman appears in Crete who is her duplicate. Death, kidnapping, betrayal, bribery, and even love are found in this story of a family vendetta that Kirsty finds herself dragged into.

This book started out a little slow to me, but picked up about
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel is well outside my normal preferred genres, but I do like to step outside my comfort zone from time to time. In fact I do read thrillers but normally psychological ones. How shall I describe this thriller, well it is very intense with evil bloody scenes and sexual violence, you have been warned. Everything the author has written is relevant to the storyline though as this complex mystery is set in Crete, a country that has a long history of occupation by other nations. It is this hist ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Threshing Circle grabbed my interest from the first page. I often find prologues boring but necessary, but even the prologue in this book was good. The story is full of mystery and suspense and starts with a tragic love story.

Neil Grimmett’s writing flows well and is easy to follow. It includes some of Crete’s history, as well as Cretan beliefs, but not so much that it takes over the story.

The characters are interesting and complicate
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Neil Grimmett has had over eighty five short stories published. In the UK by among others: London Magazine, Stand, Panurge, Iron, Ambit, Postscripts Magazine, Pretext etc. Australia, Quadrant, South Africa, New Contrast. Plus stories in the leading journals of Singapore, India, France, Canada, and the USA, where he has appeared in Fiction, The Yale Review, DoubleTake, The southern Humanities Revie ...more

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