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An intriguing Debut – Definitely Recommended!

Book Viral – a book review site just posted a review of “Remember Me?”

They said –

“As with the best of crime novels, Remember Me? proves a tense and compelling debut as A K Lakelett takes a tried and tested formula and adds her own impressive twist. Creating something innovative in such a popular genre is no mean feat and here she shares her story as a play, cutting between action scenes and chorus. Green, Ford and Carter are deftly drawn and in eschewing the genre tendency towards stoic stereotypes Lakelett delivers rich protagonists who are plausibly imbued with the depth and characteristics of their roles. This makes them feel both authentic and refreshingly original and with an enticing plot she manages to maintain intrigue and a satisfying balance between suspense and transparency which armchair detectives will undoubtedly appreciate. The pace is measured, the twists are well pitched, we become involved in her narratives web of mystery, but more importantly she’s built the foundations for what appears to be an innovative and promising new series.

Click here to see the full review.

Abbey Chronicle News

Faukon Abbey Chronicle, page 8

The Annual Art Fair results

Thank you all for attending this years’ Art Fair, the results once again proved why Faukon Abbey is such a phenomenal place to live. Our newest resident, author Christina Granger, who recently bought Elm House, won the bid for two of the largest gnomes. Mrs. Granger said she is planning to add a fountain in the garden and the dark blue gnomes would be a good addition.

The Art Fair organizing committee wishes to thank all of the visitors and the sponsors. The proceeds of this years fair will be going towards a new wing at the hospital.

 

Banner Books and Gifts is looking for your suggestions for a new name. Helen Banner would like the new name reflect the fact that they are now a select seller of mysteries, detective stories, true crime and alike. Their other big sellers are their books about hiking on Dartmoor and other outdoor related topics. Leave your suggestion in here. Ms. Banner will then select a few choices, and let all of you vote for the winner.

 

 

 

 

 

Promotion and other news

As you all like reading, and good deals, now you have a chance to get  $220 in Amazon Gift Cards are up for grabs in the Phenomenal Fall Giveaway offered by 12 mystery, thriller & suspense authors. And it’s all very simple! Just click here !!

 

When it comes to news about Faukon Abbey, patience is required. A new resident, an author,  is moving in to Elm House. Jimmy will interview her for the Abbey Chronicle.

 

 

Faukon Abbey Companion now available

If you ever wanted to know more about Faukon Abbey, and all the locations mentioned in the book, you can now get the Faukon Abbey Companion booklet for FREE!

In the booklet you’ll find maps, and locations and some recent stories from the Abbey Chronicle. It’s something to read while you’re waiting for that rain to stop.

You can get your free booklet here

Faukon Abbey Chronicle, page 10

When Eric Warner was found dead in Tersel Woods in May 12th, we thought it was a bit unusual for anybody to be out and about and be found dead without any form of identification. Apparently he wasn’t the only one.

The BBC reported in June 6th a story about a man found deceased in the Chew Track in Dovestone Reservoir, in the Saddleworth Moor, part of the Peak District National Park. He was found on a small patch of grass, beneath what is knowns as Rob’s Rocks. And like Eric Warner, the Mountain Rescue volunteers wondered whether he had suffered a heart attack! And like Eric Warner, this man had no mobile phone, no credit cards, no clue who he was. And it’s now been six months and they still don’t know who he was.

You can see the whole story here

Next stop – Quebec, Canada and Sinful, Louisiana

Next stop around the world – USA and Canada. Let’s start with my recent favorite Canadian author, Louise Penny (http://www.louisepenny.com/ ). She has written 12 books by now about a Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Surete in Quebec. The way she describes the village of Three Pines, where many of the books in the series take place, makes me (and a lot of other people) want to move there, although it must be the most lethal place in Canada! One of the books, takes place in Quebec City in the middle of a winter, and despite the fact that I’m not much fan of snow, her descriptions of the city makes me want to move there too. Her murders are rather convoluted and tricky to figure out. Her books are quite thick, 350+ pages, but once you start reading them you don’t want to stop.

For lighter fare, moving south of the border to the USA, way south, to Louisiana swamps. If you have not yet met Jana DeLeon (http://janadeleon.com/ ) you should. She writes about a CIA trained assassin who has to go undercover and lands in town called Sinful in Louisiana where murder and mayhem starts the minute she arrives. If you are in need of a good laugh, her books are just the ticket. It may sound odd to have a murder mystery which is laugh out loud funny, but her books are. Fortune, the CIA assassin, joins forces with two old biddies who were undercover agents in Vietnam (during the war), and they do a weekly run for the best banana pudding through town, combined with few alligators and sharpshooting. Mayhem ensues. The plots are very well concocted, and the pace is full speed ahead all the time, and did I mention – they are funny. So if you’re looking for a few hours of good time, try her Miss Fortune series, last of those was published only a month ago. And don’t forget to check out her Sinful Ladies Society!

In case you didn’t know, Jana DeLeon is one of the big names in self-publishing. If I hadn’t read her books I don’t think I would have ever gotten the idea to try it myself.

Trivia for you – did you know this? The difference between a murder mystery and a thriller is apparently that in a murder mystery, murder happens first and the rest of the book is about how it gets solved, while in a thriller, all the action is about stopping something bad from happening.

Happy reading!

Around the world in old and new books in 80 days

Faukon Abbey Chronicle – Summer reading

A trip like this has to start in Cornwall, UK and with the world’s most popular mystery author, Agatha Christie. If you haven’t seen the latest BBC version of her very chilling book, “And then there were none” try to catch the reruns, it’s brilliant (it was on Lifetime TV in the USA).  If not, grab the book from your nearest library or Amazon shelves.

While I’d like to have Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells, I think I’d have a better chance of becoming Miss Marple. I’ve always been fascinated by Agatha Christie due to her skill and talent of plotting. I don’t know about you, but I can read one of her books today, and when I re-read it a year later, I have no clue who did it. She throws so many red herrings on the way and redirects your focus, by the time you finish the book you end up having suspected just about everybody, except the one who actually did it.

Moving up north to Scotland, and Kate Atkinson. Her Jackson Brodie series is very good, and has also been televised with Jason Isaacs. Her book “Life after life” is first a bit frustrating, and it seems weird for lack of a better word, as it starts and restarts. Initially I thought the author was just trying different plot structures to figure out which would work best. But once you get hang of it, it’s very good, often a chilling description about one woman’s life during World War II.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you may go for John Fowles, “The Magus”. You may remember him as the author of the “French Lieutenants Woman” which was filmed with Meryl Streep in the character role. “The Magus” is a story about a young man who ends up on a Greek island as a teacher. It’s partially a mystery, partially psychology, and a lot about power. I read this book years ago, and I keep re-reading it every now and then. While I do know the plot by now, this book still has a way to get into your mind, make you think. And that my friends, is my definition of a very good book.

 

Faukon Abbey Chronicle

Welcome to Faukon Abbey. Your guide will be James Carter, also known as Jimmy. He’s a journalist in the Abbey Chronicle.

The report he filed on May 13, started it all.


The Abbey Chronicle, page 6 
Man found in Tersel Woods
A man was found unresponsive leaning against a tree at Tersel Woods by a passer-by yesterday afternoon.

A Dartmoor Constabulary spokesman in Faukon Abbey said: “Emergency services were called by a member of the public yesterday at 1.25pm concerning a man who appeared to be in a bad way in Tersel Woods. Police officers and paramedics attended but sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has not been identified yet. The coroner has been notified.”

Police officers are reviewing missing person’s reports to find out whether any are connected to the dead man.

Officers were unable to confirm if the death was suspicious.