Mystery Monday reblog: Review of “Who Killed Vivien Morse?” by Diana J. Febry @DianaJFebry #rbrt #modern mystery – SaylingAway

Who Killed Vivien Morse? is the fourth book in the DCI Peter Hatherall series. I haven’t read the other three, but the author has done a great job making this a stand-alone book. This is what I wou…

Source: Who Killed Vivien Morse? by Diana J. Febry @DianaJFebry #rbrt #modern mystery – SaylingAway



who-killed-vivien-morseWho Killed Vivien Morse? is the fourth book in the DCI Peter Hatherall series. I haven’t read the other three, but the author has done a great job making this a stand-alone book.

This is what I would call a traditional English mystery. It opens with a complaint to the nattily dressed DCI Hatherall by a neighborhood busybody, who reports seeing a man, looking like a Druid and accompanied by a dog, peeking into the windows of houses in her neighborhood. Hatherall’s interaction with her is humorous but is quickly leavened by the discovery of the body of a young social worker, the Vivien Morse of the title, battered to death in a local wood.

The reader is quickly introduced to the main players in the action: Hatherall’s partner, Fiona; Ellen, a disturbed, strange young woman who was Vivien’s last client contact; Nigel Morse, Vivian’s husband – a prime suspect but with an alibi; Jane Salt, Vivien’s boss, with whom Vivien has publicly argued; Lucy and Ian, Ellen’s parents, whose marital relationship is strained, and Kathy, Ellen’s aunt.

We learn that Ellen’s problems date from being run down by her boyfriend, Robbie Creer, who is serving time in prison for fraud. Creer is discovered to have links to each of these characters as the yarn unwinds, including Dick Death (pronounced Deeath), the hulking, sandal-wearing Druid-like man. I enjoyed the characters, although Dick Death, and his new, elderly girlfriend, Gladys, rather overpowered everyone else. Ellen, with clear mental issues, also stands out, with her occasional violent episodes and her attachment to a ragged doll she calls ‘Future,’ a replacement for Robbie’s baby which she lost in the accident.

There are a number of McGuffins cleverly placed to lead the reader, Hatherall and Fiona down various paths before the main path to the solution is discovered. The story is complex and the reader needs to pay close attention to figure out whodunit.

I loved the light humor of various parts of the book. What did become somewhat tedious after a while were the long, long dialogues between Peter and Fiona, not quite the give-and-take of real conversation. Nevertheless, the characters were human, with all the normal warts and foibles.

Four stars

About the Author

diana-j-febryThe author describes herself as an accidental writer of mysteries with quirky characters. She is an avid reader and reviewer and loves live theatre, horses and dogs. Her books are traditional mysteries set in the Cotsworlds, England, and reflect the tensions between old traditions and contemporary lifestyles.

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Read the true story of the connection between famous cartoonist Milton Caniff’s comic strip “Terry and the Pirates” and an Army Air Force hero who fought in the China Burma India theater of World War II and proposed to the indomitable actress Betty White.

“Kicker” is an amazing book about men and women who fought in Burma and India in WWII. Highly recommended tribute

Honoring veterans of all wars

Milton Caniff was called “The Rembrandt of Comics”.  He was born in Ohio in 1907 and became famous for his comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon. Starting in 1932, Milt drew the comic strips Dickie DareThe Gay Thirties, and Mister Gilfeather  for the Associated PressThen  in 1934, he was hired by the New York Daily News and started producing Terry and the Pirates, the strip which made him  famous.

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Terry and the Pirates told the story of the adventures of a teenager, Terry Lee, as he grew to manhood seeking a lost gold mine in China. During World War II, Terry matures and joins the U.S. Army Air Force to become a pilot, and this is where the strips connection with a true war hero begins. Terry’s Air Force flight instructor was Major Flip Corkin who Americans came to know as a…

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M.M. Bennetts Historical Novel Award. Have you written a historical novel? – authortranslatorOlga

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M.M. Bennetts Historical Novel Award. Have you written a historical novel?

M.M. Bennetts Historical Novel Award. Have you written a historical novel?

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Authors Spotlight: Giselle Marks. – 

I’m re-blogging this feature on the talented and very helpful Giselle Marks, one of the movers and shakers as well as catalyst and encourager for other writers.

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Authors Spotlight: Giselle Marks.

The Fencing Masters Daughter by Giselle Marks.

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Edward, Earl of Chalcombe, walking home, is attacked by footpads. He attempts to defend himself but is bludgeoned to the ground. Death seems inevitable when a fat ugly man carrying a stick and a beautiful slender young lady appear.

The young lady stumbles and picks up his dropped foil, dispatching one footpad and injuring another. The fat man belabours a third with his stick. The footpads flee, leaving their deceased comrade behind. The rescuers bundle Edward home.

The young lady, Madelaine summons the Bow Street runners. Refusing reward she provides no address. But Edward fascinated by both Madelaine’s beauty and swordsmanship intends to pursue the acquaintance. Edward seeks his rescuers and the culprits who wish to terminate his life. Offering the elusive Madelaine marriage but she repeatedly declines. Her father accepts an invitation to visit his estate with her over Christmas as he takes a liking to Edward.

As Edward pursues Madelaine, the attempts on his life continue. The sinister French spy, Major Furet, discovered as the arch nemesis in both Edward and Madelaine’s stories. The mystery intertwines as their romance progresses and Madelaine eventually reveals the secret making her refuse to marry him.

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Reviews so Far.

A good tale of romance and adventure, well-researched with an intimate knowledge of both the period and the language of the period. A fun read but also gripping and difficult to put down.


About The Author Giselle Marks.


Giselle Marks is an English writer, poet and novelist, born in London, who has been writing in various forms most of her life. Currently Giselle lives in the beautiful Isle of Man. Her family is grown, contented and expanding. She spends most of her time writing.

Her books ‘The Fencing Master’s Daughter’ and ‘The Marquis’s Mistake,’ were published for a few months and received good reviews before the publisher folded. She was asked to contribute a Regency romantic novella to ‘The Chocolate House – All for Love,’ which is a charity anthology supporting GOSH, Great Ormond Hospital for Children based in London. Her novella is entitled ‘A Rose by Any other Name…’ With her fellow writer and cover artist Sarah J. Waldock, Giselle wrote and illustrated ‘Fae Tales’ an anthology of fae and mythic tales updated to modern times and intended for teenagers and adults. Both books are available. Links?

Following the republication of The Fencing Master’s Daughter she will be releasing the ‘Princess of Zenina,’ the first in the sci-fi / fantasy Zeninan Saga and ‘the Purchased Peer’, a Georgian Romance. She has also completed another Regency romance ‘A Compromised Rake’ and the first of a Regency gypsy series, ‘Jessica’s Tale – Book One, The Gypsy Countess series,’ although she is considering alternate titles.

The Zeninan Saga introduces Princess Marina, daughter of the reigning Queen of Zenina, a female dominated planet which protects a disparate empire in a dangerous universe. Marina seeks to avoid her destiny, but her decisions sometimes lead to greater problems.

Other long- term projects include a possible book of her poetry. Her poems have been published in Female First and she has entered two of their contests, scoring a win and a commendation. Giselle has had short stories published in a number of anthologies.

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Other works. Fae Tales by Giselle Marks and Sarah J Waldock.

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‘Fae Tales’ is an anthology of short stories by two inspired and obsessed writers, whose knowledge of mythology, folk tales and the fae could be legendary. The book arose from ‘what if’ discussions between Sarah and Giselle, drawing on their knowledge of folklore which they updated to a contemporary setting. Most of the tales have a twist or two. Not all of the stories are about fairies, nor are all the fairies nice. ‘Fae Tales’ encompasses mythic tales from around the world. This is not a fairy book for little children. It is intended for lovers of fantasy from teenage up. Some stories may be rather gory and a few do not have happy endings.

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Mary Ann Bernal: Spotlight on New Zealand author, screenwriter, and producer, Lance Morcan

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Spotlight on New Zealand author, screenwriter, and producer, Lance Morcan

Here is part of the blog article on Lance Morgan, please follow this link for exclusive pictures Source: Mary Ann Bernal: Spotlight on New Zealand author, screenwriter, and producer, Lance Morcan

It’s my pleasure to feature the multi-talented Lance Morcan, discussing stuff you may or may not know.

Lance Morcan

Lance Morcan writes in collaboration with his son, James Morcan. They are a rare New Zealand father-and-son writing team who have co-authored 20 fiction and non-fiction book titles published by Sterling Gate Books. James is based in Sydney, Australia, while Lance is based in New Zealand, so their collaboration is essentially conducted long distance albeit with the help of daily Skype and phone calls.

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Lance is a former journalist/newspaper editor with experience in all media.  James is also an actor and has accrued leading roles in film, television and also on stage.  His film credits can be viewed here.

James and Lance are also screenwriters and filmmakers, and have adapted several of their novels to feature film screenplays. These are in early development with their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures.  Several of their film projects can be viewed here.

Numerous books have been regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists. These include the novels Into the Americas (a historical adventure) and The Ninth Orphan (an international thriller) and the non-fiction books Genius Intelligence and Antigravity Propulsion.  James Morcan Amazon author page. Lance Morcan Amazon author page.

Their latest non-fiction book, DEBUNKING HOLOCAUST DENIAL THEORIES: Two Non-Jews Affirm the Historicity of the Nazi Genocide, written in close collaboration with Holocaust survivors, has sparked an outcry from Holocaust deniers –  as some of the reviews reveal.  One of the world’s ‘leading’ deniers, who also happens to be an author and publisher (of anti-Semitic books) went so far as to publish a book (with an identical cover image, and a near-identical title) debunking the book!

For additional information on their various projects, kindly visit Morcan Books and Films blog here.

The Morcans have also established a fast-growing discussion group on called The Underground Knowledge group  – and as the title suggests it’s designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. (All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share “underground knowledge”).  Check out the group here.  More members welcome!

Their latest book is a historical adventure titled WHITE SPIRIT (A novel based on a true story). It’s a 1,000-page epic set in 19th Century Australia and based on the remarkable true story of Irish convict John Graham.

After escaping from the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, Graham finds refuge with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own.
Attempts to recapture Graham are orchestrated by a variety of contrasting characters working for the all-pervasive British Empire. They include Moreton Bay’s tyrannical, opium-addicted commandant Lord Cheetham, the dashing yet warlike Lieutenant Hogan, native tracker Barega and the penal settlement’s captain, Tom Marsden.
Marsden’s young daughter Helen, a progressive lady ahead of her time who is both an egalitarian and a feminist, boldly inserts herself into the clash between the Irish convict, her father and Moreton Bay’s other iron-fisted rulers. Helen complicates things further when she finds herself in a Pride and Prejudice-style love triangle with men on opposite sides of the conflict.
When Scottish woman Eliza Fraser is found shipwrecked and close to death in Kabi territory, Graham and his legion of pursuers, as well as the Irishman’s adopted Aboriginal family, are all forced to navigate a multi-faceted rescue mission. The precarious rendezvous is made all the more dangerous by Helen Marsden’s ethically-driven meddling that often outwits the men involved.
WHITE SPIRIT is not only based on arguably the great Australian (true) story, a sweeping tale that encapsulates all the nuances of the southern continent’s unique history, it also provides readers with detailed insights into the tribal life of First Australian (Aboriginal) peoples.


It’s taken me far too lfullres the beaufort bridecoverfinalong to get round to this amazing piece of historical fiction. Why am I publishing this on Welsh Wednesdays?
Not only is the book partly set in Wales, in Caldecot Castle, I’ve actually met Judith in Wales in the run up to the Llandeilo Book Fair in April and have secured myself a signed copy of her book.
At last I got time to read this and must say I am very impressed.
From the first page onwards the prose hooked me into the story of young Margaret, only 12 years old when she is married to someone twice her age. Although the brother of the king, her husband, like his mad brother, is not a great catch.

Told from the young woman’s perspective we gain a great insight into the life of the 1440s court, the life of women and nobility, politics and intrigue.
Arnopp explored her subject deeply and presents an interesting interpretation of the woman whose son would be king later.
The time before the War of the Roses was particularly fascinating for me. I knew some about it but not a lot and this was truly an eye opener.

Very well written with a narrative voice that grabs and holds your attention, this is historical fiction at its best. I don’t often go for this period but I will definitely read the sequel to this. A great accomplishment and a writer to watch.

Blurb for The Beaufort Bride

As King Henry VI slips into insanity and the realm of England teeters on the brink of civil war, a young girl is married to the mad king’s brother. Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, takes his child bride into Wales where she discovers a land of strife and strangers.

At Caldicot Castle and Lamphey Palace Margaret must put aside childhood, acquire the dignity of a Countess and, despite her tender years, produce Richmond with a son and heir.

While Edmund battles to restore the king’s peace Margaret quietly supports his quest; but it is a quest that ultimately results in his untimely death.

As the friction between York and Lancaster intensifies 14-year-old Margaret, now widowed, turns for protection to her brother-in-law, Jasper Tudor.  At his stronghold in Pembroke, two months after her husband’s death, Margaret gives birth to a son whom she names Henry, after her cousin the king.

Margaret is small of stature but her tiny frame conceals a fierce and loyal heart and a determination that will not falter until her son’s destiny as the king of England is secured.

The Beaufort Bride traces Margaret’s early years from her nursery days at Bletsoe Castle to the birth of her only son in 1457 at Pembroke Castle. Her story continues in Book Two: The Beaufort Woman.



Thanks Judith. See you soon in Llandeilo at the Book Fair! 

Judith Arnop

Bio: Judith Arnopp’s first Tudor novel, The Winchester Goose: at the court of Henry VIII is still her best seller while The Kiss of the Concubine: a story of Anne Boleyn; Intractable Heart: the story of Katheryn Parr, and A Song of Sixpence: the story of Elizabeth or York and Perkin Warbeck also sell well and receive excellent reviews.

Judith is currently working on a trilogy tracing the life of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII. Book One of The Beaufort Chronicles will be called The Beaufort Bride and will be available later on in 2016.

For more information about Judith’s work click on the links below.

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And Twitter: @juditharnopp

My Review of Who Killed Vivien Morse (DCI Hatherall Book 4) by Diana J Febry for #RBRT

Review of a great murder mystery. Highly recommended!

Judith Barrow


I gave  Who Killed Vivien Morse? by Diana J Febry  4 out of 5*

The Blurb:

Vivien Morse, a young social worker is discovered battered to death in Silver Lady Woods. Everyone assumes she was attacked by her estranged husband until her supervisor disappears. The connection appears to be Vivien’s last client. A damaged and disturbed girl who believes a bundle of rags is her lost baby and never leaves the family farm while she awaits the return of her lover.

The matter is confused by the arrival of a stranger to the area clearly searching for something or someone and an escaped convict with connections to the area.

DCI Hatherall has to separate fact from fantasy to discover who did kill Vivien Morse.

My Review:

I hadn’t read any of Diana J Febry’s work before so wasn’t sure what to expect. I have read the later books in a series before…

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20 Questions with Giselle Roeder

Sounds like a great book, a sad subject that some of my novels touched upon as well. #suggestedreads

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Today we sit down with Author Giselle Roeder. She is going to tell us about her background, inspiration and work.

Please enjoy this latest edition of 20 Questions:

giselle Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Actually I never thought of becoming a writer – I just was one. Even in grammar school I wrote wonderful essays and didn’t think anything of it. I just enjoyed it. As a teenager I started to write stories connected to the results of my kayak sports team races and felt a sense of pride to see my name on the ‘by’-line. After I finished my education I wrote a regular column about alternative the importance of exercise, health, beauty and nutrition. That was in the seventies –at that time I was a bit controversial but caused a lot of curiosity. I was invited to write for several magazines since…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – The Body in the Snow – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery by Christoph Fischer

My Mystery “The Body In The Snow” is Sallys Cafe and Bookstore Book Of The Week! Thanks Sally!

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Today’s featured book is the latest by Christoph Fischer who is the best-selling author of many books that have received outstanding reviews. These include The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, Ludwika, Conditions and the sequel Conditioned.

51cpm-u983l-_uy250_About The Body in the Snow – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery

Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.

Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much…

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