The Mountain Shadow Kindle Edition
ELDER PARK LIBRARY
…by any stretch of the measurement of age, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler is no longer a youth… I adulted around a-hem years ago… and having become in recent years an Author, I have more than a passing interest in the comparatively new debate as to whether books are better in print or on an eReader such as Auntie Amazon’s Kindle… and despite being part of the, (a-hem again), ‘older’generation, I have no negativity toward the modern downloaded reader versions of books… don’t mistake me – I still enjoy immensely the feel of a paper book in my hands, and even, yes, the smell of the paper and the gum paste thats binds the spine (emb’dy else remember ‘sniffing’ a new book?)… but times move on – the electronic age has become an imbedded part of our lives whether we embrace it or not –…
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Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/
Liz has been reading A Shortcut To Murder by William Savage
This was my third foray into the world of young Doctor Adam Bascom and I feel quite at home now in rural, Georgian Norfolk. Although suitable to read as a stand-alone novel, loyal followers of his earlier adventures will understand the distress he is causing to his erstwhile admirer, Sophia LaSalle, by constantly visiting the charming widow, Lady Alice.
Once again Adam must solve a challenging murder mystery, but on this occasion, he precipitates action in order to flush out the culprit. He is maturing in skill and confidence. If only he could understand women and his own feelings, his life might be less complicated!
We meet some new characters in this book, the highlight being newly qualified lawyer, Charles Scudamore, who could easily be given his own novel. Exuberant but sometimes lacking direction, he and his twin sister, Ruth, are severely reprimanded by their aunt, Lady Alice, even though she is only a few years older than they are.
The victim is thoroughly unpleasant landowner, Sir Jackman Wennard, who may have died by accident after falling from his horse, but Adam’s brother Giles, the local Magistrate, suspects foul play. Adam’s investigations are hindered by lack of cooperation from Sir Jackman’s son, Robert and the case is further complicated by the arrival of Sir Jackman’s first wife, Sarah.
At times, Adam’s deliberations are rather long-winded but it is a complex plot which requires explanation. There is certainly plenty of action and emotional outbursts and the late autumn context allows for portentous description such as, “The air had been full of the smell of decay and the decline of another year.”
Another enjoyable read about a very likeable hero.
After helping solve two murders, 18th-century Norfolk physician Dr Adam Bascom just wants to get back to his medical work. Fate, however, seems determined to keep him off-balance. His brother, Giles, is called upon as magistrate to investigate the death of Sir Jackman Wennard, rake, racehorse breeder and baronet.
The man’s son insists his father died by falling from his horse in a hunting accident. The coroner’s medical examiner has other ideas. He says the baronet died from a single blow to the neck hard enough to snap his spine in two—a blow that came from the front. To Giles, Adam is the perfect choice to give a second opinion and resolve the disagreement.
Adam is soon convinced it was murder, so agrees to help his brother find the killer. This is going to be no easy task. For a start, the crime appears impossible. How could the blow be delivered with such force when the man was on the back of a large horse? How could the killer have known where and when to lie in wait? No one could have foreseen Sir Jackman’s movements on the morning of his death—not even the man himself. If some kind of trap was used, how did it kill so cleanly, then disappear within moments?
The unresolved questions keep piling up. Why did Sir Jackman Wennard abruptly ride off on his own in the opposite direction to everyone else? Why was he returning from yet another direction? Where had he been? Did the gunshots some say they heard have anything to do with what happened? Did they even exist?
Faced with an impossible crime, conflicting evidence and the hostility of the dead man’s son, who refuses even to discuss his father’s death, Adam turns once more to his friends and contacts. Along the way, he faces growing emotional conflicts as well as factual ones. His mother is determined to find him a wife; he doesn’t want to marry; and he hasn’t yet come close to understanding his real feelings.
In the midst of these uncertainties, drama turns into crisis. Everything known about Sir Jackman Wennard and his family is thrown into confusion by an event from the man’s past. The Wennard family fragments, his son is reported kidnapped and the whole neighbourhood is suddenly plagued by a rash of highway robberies. As events plunge out-of-control towards the inevitable confrontation between past and present, can Adam pull his ideas together and move fast enough to prevent more lives being put at risk?
About the author
William started to write fiction as a way of keeping his mind active in retirement. He had always lectured and written extensively on business topics, including three books, many articles and a successful leadership blog which garnered more than 5000 regular followers. He has no intention of letting his mind stagnate or his creativity wither. This means finding new sources of interest and inspiration.
Throughout his life, William has read and enjoyed hundreds of detective stories and mystery novels. One of his other loves is history, especially the local history of the many places where he has lived. It seemed natural to put the two together. Thus began two series of murder mystery books set in Norfolk. Four books have appeared so far and he is currently at work on a fifth.
William’s books are set between 1760 and around 1800. This was a period of turmoil in Britain, with constant wars, the revolutions in America and France and finally the titanic, 22-year struggle with Napoleon. The Ashmole Foxe series takes place at the start of this time and is located in Norwich. Mr Foxe is a dandy, a bookseller and, unknown to most around him, the mayor’s immediate choice to deal with anything likely to upset the peace or economic security of the city. The series featuring Dr Adam Bascom, a young gentleman-physician caught up in the beginning of the Napoleonic wars, takes place in a variety of locations nearer to the North Norfolk coast. Adam tries to build a successful medical practice, but his insatiable curiosity and a knack for unravelling intrigue constantly involve him in mysteries large and small.
William has spent a good deal of his life travelling in Britain and overseas. After obtaining his degree at Cambridge, he set out on a business career, during which he lived in most parts of the UK, as well as spending eleven years in the USA. He has been a senior executive, an academic and a consultant to many multinational companies. Now he is more than content to write stories and he has a superb blog, devoted to the world of Georgian England, which you can find at http://www.penandpension.com.
Adele Marie Park and her debut book, Wisp, are being featured in my author spotlight.
Today’s guest feature is Adele Marie Park and her newly published book, Wisp. Although Adele has published stories in two anthologies, this is her debut book, so we are both excited for her visit here today. You can visit Adele’s blog at firefly465 where she posts on everything from writing tips to conservation, wildlife, and world affairs. She is a generous supporter of other bloggers and reblogs some of the most pertinent articles from other writers.
Adele’s passion as a writer focuses on the genre of horror, fantasy, urban worldbuilding. Adele lives in Rousay, one of the Orkney islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. Her blissful childhood was spent among farm animals and learning about tales of folklore. No doubt her childhood was the catalyst which stirred her creative juices. Adele writes character driven stories from where she claims they live in her head. Today we’re going to get to know a little more about Adele and her new book.
I am from a small island called Rousay. One of a chain of islands that make up the Orkney Islands.
My childhood was idyllic on the island. It was just on the cusp from the old way of life to the new.
Stories of supernatural beings such as trows, (trolls) selkies, (seals who change into humans), Finn folk and witches were told to me and swallowed by my imagination.
I wrote about these legends in small stories at first and then in novels where I created worlds that held dragons, elves and magic.
My Mum was Irish so I also had the rich legacy of Celtic tales as well and the music. I was always singing, I still do.
Throughout my life and various jobs I wrote and read. The passion was deep within me but it was not until nine years ago that I decided to make it my career.
I’ve had several breakdowns and the most recent one was the worst. The doctors also discovered that I had Functional Neurological Disorder and that I would most likely remain disabled for the rest of my life. Not one to be discouraged and born with a stubborn streak I decided that writing which was my passion would now become my career.
I have hobbies when I’m not writing. I paint and draw. I make crochet dolls which are my own creations and not perhaps for the faint hearted. I love them.
My wife and I are happy in our home and our own particular way of seeing life. Our dog Dante is as always an angel whose antics make us smile daily. Our daughter Tara has gone through some difficult times in her life but is now living her life, despite her epilepsy and doing outstandingly well.
Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought. When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change. What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.
Now let us find out some more interesting facts about Adele and her writing!
How do you manage your writing time? Are you a disciplined writer with a set writing schedule?
I try to write in the morning and early evening.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always written since a child but made a career choice after illness made me unable to physically work again.
What in particular inspired you to write this book?
A thought popped into my head as I was sitting in our garden last summer. I wondered how a murder investigation would take place on a different world. From that thought words flowed and a new world was built
Are you currently working on a new book?
Yes. Wisp 2 is already half way written. I also started a book called Betwixt for November writing month. I am still writing Rockabilly Red, Suleskerry and Loves Son.
Have you published any other works?
I have been lucky to have been included in two anthologies this year. Fantasy Writer’s Group Anthology “Betrayals of Another Kind” and Ghostly Writes Anthology.
Every writer encounters writer’s block at some time. Could you tell us how you deal with it?
Three things help me all the time. Music and video together help my imagination get kick started. A favourite TV programme e.g. Wynonna Earp or a favourite movie e.g. The Secret of Rohan Inish”. I read copiously in the genres I love and I find a combination of all of these help me get back to writing.
Please tell us a little about your new book and please share an excerpt with us.
Wisp is a murder mystery, an adventure in a new world, a character driven plot where the protagonist goes through changes and finds love. It is also about the greed for power and secrets which twist and turn evil. Predjudice rears its ugly head as does colonisation. Here is a taste of some of the things mentioned:
One pack member sat away from the others. The sisters targeted him. They doubled back and crept down another alley that led them to the lone Elite from the other side. It was gorging on what appeared to be the victims liver. Aradia raised her true heart, took aim and fired. The arrow sped and found its target, burying itself in the Elite’s neck. It let out a hiss, but Fern was there already. She whispered a word and the Elite slumped. Fern dragged it away while Aradia kept watch.
The pack was too busy gorging themselves to notice one of theirs had fallen. All of them except one that stood up. He was taller than the rest with intelligence shining out of his red eyes. He let out a piercing scream and went into a defensive stance.
Fern and Aradia backed away as quickly as they could. Aradia kept her true heart targeted on the screaming Elite. “Once we reach the open, run.” Aradia yelled the last word as the pack of Elite surged forward. She let go with an arrow and caught the front one in the chest, then she turned tail and helped her sister carry the body as fast as they could.
“The goblin better be where he said he would be,” Fern shouted.
They ran on, dodging shadows and slithering on familiar streets that had become a battlefield. Elite scrambled up walls, ran on all fours and pursued them without bringing them down.
“Who the hell have we captured?” Fern shouted.
Aradia shook her head. Her lungs were burning with the effort it took to breathe as she ran.
On and on they ran, the Elite playing with them, loping behind them, hissing and shrieking. They no longer felt the need to hide in the shadows; they were furious and wanted blood. The sisters stopped suddenly at a solid brick wall. They turned and faced the Elite. The pack howled in triumph and the leader pushed through them to stand in front. His eyes burnt with hatred, the intensity of them mesmerising.
“Give,” he said.
Fern closed her eyes. Aradia lifted true heart and aimed it at his heart. “No. Leave our city and we might think about it.”
The leader laughed, a dreadful sound that spoke much about what kind of elf he had been in his past life. “You are stupid.” He folded his arms. “Or very clever.” He looked around him, sniffed the air then, growled.
The goblin and Bartholomew burst through the false wall. The goblin threw a small brass ball into the pack and then helped the sisters into the back of a black Law Enforcer armoured van. The doors slammed shut and they sped off as the bomb exploded into radiant light. The explosion could be seen all over the city. The Elite screamed in pain as light pierced their shadow bodies. It would not kill, but it would render them useless until they healed. The leader screamed the loudest and raised his fist to the sky.
Thank you so much for guesting here today Adele. It was lovely getting to know more about you, and I commend you for being such a warrior woman, overcoming what life throws at you with such determination. Wishing you much success with the book and all your future writing endeavors.
You can find Adele at her social links:
Facebook at Adele Marie Park
Very concise, well researched and full of heartbreaking details about the fate of Jews and their associates
A must read/ listen!I almost didn’t listen to this because of an unfavourable review, implying that there wasn’t a point to the background story and that there was not enough ‘action’ or time devoted to the rescue missions of Raoul.
This turned out to be very wrong!
Now an international symbol of twentieth-century humanitarianism, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat, issued countless “false” visas and other documents which were virtual life certificates that saved approximately 100,000 Jews from Nazis in wartime Hungary. Then in 1945, as the war drew to a close, he disappeared after being taken into custody by Soviet military police. Today his fate is still unknown.
The expanded version of this authoritative biography of Wallenberg discusses previously sealed prison records and archives; reports of recent sightings of Wallenberg; the Wallenberg family’s historic multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the former Soviet Union; and the worldwide activities in honor of this great man who could not be a bystander.