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None So Blind

(Teifi Valley Coroner #1)

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A brilliant new historical mystery series set in the 1850s.

West Wales, 1850. When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery. He knows exactly whose bones they are.

Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 13th 2017 by Freight Books
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Karen
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Perhaps blindness is a just punishment for I did not see what I was doing. As they say, there’s none so blind as those that will not see”.


I’ve always had a love of historical fiction and crime but have not read much of the two genres combined. Until that is, I came to None So Blind. This is the first story in a series of the Teifi Coroner and gets off to a promising start.

It seems unusual to have a barrister investigating a suspicious death but in the 1850’s, crime investigation was so very
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Eva
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There’s none so blind as those that will not see."

I seem to have found a (sub)genre to get increasingly excited about and that’s historical crime fiction. It has the crime element I love so much but its historical setting offers possibilities that the modern setting just doesn’t have. The author starts the book with a brief historic note on law and order in nineteenth century West Wales, concerning inquests and coroners and the like and I found it immensely interesting.

When an old tree root is
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Cathy
‘There’s none so blind as those who will not see.’

When the reader is first introduced to Harry Probert-Lloyd, they probably share his opinion that his sight loss (which at first he tries hard to conceal) is an insurmountable obstacle to his career as a barrister.‘But if I could not read, or see a person’s face, or scrutinise an object, was I not blind?’His condition has forced Harry to return home to his father’s estate and a future as a country squire in which he has little interest and which
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Col
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Synopsis/blurb.....

A brilliant new historical mystery series set in the 1850s.

West Wales, 1850. When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery. He knows exactly whose bones they are.

Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the guilty. But the investigation turns up more questions than answers. Questions that centre around three
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Joyce
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Harry Probert-Lloyd is the protagonist of this book. He has recently returned home from London to take over his father’s business as a magistrate. At the same time, he is slowly going blind. He begins to doubt almost all that he sees.

A body is found beneath an uprooted tree. Harry suspects it may be his long ago friend and love, Margaret Jones who has disappeared seven years earlier.

He begins an investigation of his own, aided by a friend and solicitor, John Davies. The local community
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Bonnye Reed
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
GNA I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Alis Hawkins, and Freight Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me.

This is an excellent historical novel. The research and attention to detail is obvious, and the story flows easily from the Rebecca Riots, a March 1843 uprising of local farmers and tradesmen against oppressive fees and tolls, through the inquest involving the death of Harry Probert-Lloyd's former love,
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Judith Barrow
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again I am tempted to buy a paperback book rather than an eBook. And reading the book blurb for None So Blind was one of those occasions. I looked forward to this book dropping through the letter box.

It landed in the porch with a thud. This is one big tome. But I was intrigued by the title and I love the cover so, undaunted I decided to read the first couple of chapters while I had ten minutes to spare. Two hours later I was still reading; the washing was still waiting to go into
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Karen Mace
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dark and brooding cover gives you a little glimpse of what to expect when you start reading this new historical mystery series, and it's compelling stuff from the first page to the last!

There's a very dramatic prologue that jumps you straight into a chaotic scene and really helps set the atmosphere for what is about to follow! When a body is found it sets everyone back to remembering one dark night, none more so than Harry Probert-Lloyd who was dreading this discovery and is put in charge of
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Sheri Joyce
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I was excited to read "None So Blind" because the cover intrigued me. The story description also pulled me in as I'm a sucker for a good mystery, especially crime mystery. I've been stumped as to what to write in this review because I have so many mixed emotions about this book. This historical fiction novel is set in Wales in the 1840 and 1850s. It captures the social norms and rules of the day and the discrepancy between classes as well as that between the English and the Welsh but isn't ...more
booksofallkinds
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a gripping new series, NONE SO BLIND by Alis Hawkins is a historical crime fiction story brimming with that extra special something that keeps you sitting up into the wee hours to devour it.

Set in Wales in 1850, a horrifying discovery awaits those who dig up a tree, for a woman's bones lies hidden beneath. A community shocked closes rank especially when a young barrister, Harry Probert-Lloyd and his clerk, John Davies, seem determined to uncover the truth. For Harry knows whose
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Aliya Whiteley
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of good writing about place and landscape, I recommend this. It's heavy with atmosphere.
Darryl
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
In her novel None So Blind, Alis Hawkins explores the culture and hierarchy of rural Welsh communities in the mid 1800s. We follow Henry Probert-Lloyd, a solicitor newly out of school who is suffering with a degenerative disease that is diminishing his eyesight. His vision is gradually blurring and what little sight he does have is peripheral. This is a solid metaphor for what is happening in the novel: Henry is blind to a lot of what is happening around him in his life when it comes to his ...more
Jo Barton
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well thought out historical crime story takes us back to Wales in the mid-nineteenth century and introduces us to Harry-Probert Jones who has returned to his Welsh childhood home after working as a London barrister. Harry's homecoming is complicated, for all sorts of reasons, but it is made worse when the remains of a young woman are found and Harry gets drawn into the investigation.

What then follows is a murder/mystery which threatens to shatter the small Welsh community, exposing secrets
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Sarah
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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None So Blind is the first book in The Teifi Valley Coroner series by Alis Hawkins. Set in Wales in 1850, seven years after the Rebecca Riots, it is a story full of secrets, deceit, disguise, lies, love, revolt and so much more. I loved it!

Cleverly plotted with absorbing characters, None So Blind is told in six parts, from Discovery through to Afterwards, each section alternating between the points of view of Harry Probert-Lloyd and John
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Mark Ellis
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful mystery is set in and around the market town of Newcastle Emlyn in mid-nineteenth century west Wales, a few years after the infamous Rebecca Riots. My father was born in this part of the world and so the setting was of particular interest to me. Alis Hawkins writes with lyrical beauty about the countryside and the harsh conditions of life for most of its inhabitants. The story concerns the efforts of a young member of the local gentry and a solicitor's clerk to identify the ...more
Maria
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
What a wonderful mystery book, so well written!... And a different setting, Wales.
There are a lot of things I loved about this story full of nostalgia, different in so many ways from what I’ve been reading, but so fascinating! There’s the detailed perspective of a young man going blind and how he copes with his failing sight, how he tries to adapt – and we see this through his and his assistant's perspective. There's a perfect
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Karen Cole
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit to feeling a little daunted when I first picked up None So Blind; at well over 400 pages long I knew it wasn't going to be a quick read and wondered whether the historical facts in this crime novel would prove to be a little too dense.
I needn't have worried for though Alis Hawkins has written a book which brings to life the period and vividly details the societal challenges and upheavals of the time, it never becomes a dry history lesson and I was completely engrossed by this
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Julie
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction at its best, this is a book set in 1850 featuring a young man with more than his career as a lawyer on his mind. The action takes place in West Wales in a period of social upheaval typified by the Rebecca Riots, and combines a subtle set of social rules with a deviously complex plot. The fight for justice for the death of a young woman is made painfully human as Harry Probert – Lloyd discovers that nothing in this situation is as it seems, and everyone has their mysteries and ...more
Ronnie Turner
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Probert-Lloyd is a young man living in London, who plies a successful trade as a barista. But not everything is quite what it seems. Harry is losing his sight and soon he will no longer be able to do his job, soon the world and the life he has built will tip and fall on top of him. For now though, he keeps the pretence in place for all except his friend Gus.





One quiet afternoon as Harry introduces Gus to the game of shuffleboard, a man called Ianto Harris arrives and appeals for help.
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Karen
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: towers, net-gallery
I was attracted to this book by the cover which looked bleak, foreboding and mysterious and I wasn't disappointed . Alis Hawkins has written an historical mystery set in Wales during the 1840's a time of unrest and the Rebecca movement which challenged those in authority.

Henry Probert-Lloyd a young barrister just coming to terms with his loss of sight with the assistance of a solicitors clerk John Davies set out to uncover the circumstances behind the death of a young woman who's skeleton is
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Carol
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book on the enthusiastic recommendation from my local bookshop manager. And she was right! At well over 400 pages None So Blind is no quick read but unusually, for such a long book, not a single word or chapter is superfluous to requirements. It's a spellbinding, enthralling, informative read & one which held my attention for a week.

Set in Wales in 1850, the shocking discovery of a woman's bones sends a community into both horrified & surly shock. When young barrister,
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Giselle F
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved that both main characters have great back stories and how this wove into the progression of the story. It is very interesting to have a character with a disability, with Harry going progressively blind (does he suffer from cataracts that would be operable nowadays? He has some side vision) in terms of how this influences the story.
The historical context feels satisfyingly substantial, the author really knows what she is writing about and presents it all
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Catherine McCarthy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not least because it is set in my home-town. However, this fact did not sway my judgement as it is still an excellent read. I particularly love the way the author allows the reader to feel sympathy for Harry because he is losing his sight but without sentimentality. I would love to know whether she has any connections to a blind person as she tells his point of view so well. I also enjoyed the little twists and turns in the plot as well as the feel for the history ...more
Rosie Claverton
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-cymru, 2017
None So Blind takes a fascinating period of history and asks fascinating questions, such as "how do you move on from being in a mob?" and "what crimes are people willing to forget to protect their future?"

The characters are beautifully depicted and the setting feels deeply real. The disabled main character is written as a whole person and I enjoyed him finding his war in the world.

I personally felt the mystery of the murderer was resolved too quickly, but I think that's a matter of taste - the
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Maria Smith
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's setting in West Wales during the time of the Rebecca riots is historically fascinating and well portrayed in the book.
Normally one to guess the plot, this book kept me wondering about certain aspects until the very last page.
Beautifully written and a page turner, with the characters jumping off the page. I for one can't wait for the next in the series.
Barbra
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent new series that is a combined historical/crime read. I love historical fiction and crime so the marrying of the two is just sublime. Add to the mix that the protagonist, Harry Probert-Lloyd, is slowly going blind makes it all the more compelling. Set in Wales in the 1840s/1850s it is very atmospheric and the author has done a wonderful job of making this a real page-turner.
Sally
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting look at West Wales in 1850. Well plotted.
Sydney
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyable historical mystery.
K L Goulding
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story told with pace

Really interesting time in history, story was well told and the main characters were well developed, loved the book, a really great read
Darryl
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alis Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. Her inner introvert thought it would be a good idea to become a shepherd and, frankly, if she had, she might have been published sooner. As it was, three years reading English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford revealed an extrovert streak and a social conscience which saw her train as a Speech and Language Therapist. She has spent the ...more

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