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Aoife's Chariot (The Imogen and Hugh Croft Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Pathak
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Following the sudden death of her mother, Imogen Croft returns to her childhood home on the Scottish Island of Garansay. Her brothers have given her the task of deciding what to do with their parents’ farm, which is slowly falling into disrepair.
But Imogen will not be rushed into passing judgement on the place and when she starts to carry out some research into the history of Kilduggan Farm, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events that ends in tragedy.
Suddenly, Imogen and her psychologist husband, Hugh, find themselves faced with a seemingly insoluble puzzle. How can it be possible that an unexplained death in the present day can match, in every detail, an unsolved case from 40 years ago?
As the past begins to catch up with Imogen, she realises that she must strive to discover the truth about her family, even if it means that nothing will ever be the same again…
This is an intricately plotted novel, cleverly interwoven with subtle clues and the occasional red-herring. It will keep you guessing and the pages turning, right up until its final, shocking conclusion.

About the Author

Katherine Pathak lives in rural north Essex with her husband and two young children. She has worked as a History teacher for over ten years and before that she worked in the book trade in London. Aoife's Chariot is her first novel. Katherine has lived in the south-east of England for most of her life, but her father's family come from the Isle of Arran in Scotland and this has been the inspiration for the fictional Island of Garansay, which is the stunning backdrop to this novel. Katherine's life-long interest in History also plays an important part in her writing and she tries to weave historical narratives into her imaginative and ingenious plots. Katherine is currently working on the second in the series of 'Imogen and Hugh Croft mysteries', which should appeal to readers who enjoy her well observed characters and gripping storylines. Katherine feels that a good psychological thriller should explore the quirks and eccentricities of human nature, but that they should always be believable and the plot should reward the reader with a deeply satisfying conclusion. Katherine enjoys writing the sort of novels that she likes to read herself and very much hopes that her readership feels the same!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492152218
  • Publisher: The Garansay Press; 1 edition (10 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EJFEVXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katherine Pathak was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1974. Her family subsequently moved to Essex where she spent her childhood. Katherine graduated from the University of York with a degree in History in 1996. She then worked in the book trade in London for several years before gaining her teaching qualification at the Institute of Education in 2000. She taught History in a number of secondary schools before deciding to become a full-time author.
Katherine Pathak writes the Imogen and Hugh Croft Mysteries series, with the fifth instalment, Memorial for the Dead, due for release in September 2014. This new book introduces Detective Inspector Dani Bevan, who will feature in a forthcoming series of crime novels.

To find out more about Katherine and to read her reviews and articles please visit her blog: The RetroReview at: https//:katherinepathak.wordpress.com
For news of special offers follow her on Twitter @KatherinePathak

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
By jonesyj
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really good read. Good plot that wasn't too complicated. I would definitely read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read 30 Aug 2013
By Ed
Format:Kindle Edition
As some of the other reviewers have said, Aoife's Chariot is a real page turner. From part 2 onward, I could barely put it down!

The setting is not an area of the UK that I know well, but the writing (done from the first person perspective) evoked a wonderful picture of the landscapes and environment of western Scotland. What kept me hooked, though, was the engaging story, full of twists and turns.

I'm looking forward to the promised follow up, although I'll be intrigued to see how the relatively "normal" couple of Imogen and Hugh manage to find a second "mystery" to investigate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really gripping read 19 Aug 2013
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A great book. I read it in a single weekend because I couldn't put it down! The main character is very likeable and the story is well thought out and extremely interesting. I also loved all the historical information.

Can't wait for the next book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page turning 16 Aug 2013
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I really enjoyed the book, especially from about half-way through when I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely read the next one.

The characters were likeable, the plot hung together well and there was a lot of incidental interest (history, art). The book has a lot of realistic domestic detail, which helps make it more believable and somewhat easier to identify with the characters. It was just a good, fast-paced, old-fashioned mystery.

I'm a big classic crime fan (Margery Allingham, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie etc..) and I thought this was a good contemporary alternative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 17 July 2014
Format:Paperback
Before I download any free ebook I read the negative reviews and see what I make of them in order not to waste my time on a book which may not suit me. In this case I was undecided and downloaded it to give it a try. And I am so glad that I did. What a lovely, gentle, easy book it is, no bad language, no gratuitous sex, and how I enjoyed the superb pictures she painted of Garansay. Altho' I have never visited, I now would love to go and see it.
I found I kept finding time to pick up the book again and again as it was so enjoyable, and I will definitely be reading more of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and suspenseful 13 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Aoife's Chariot the story was captivating from beginning to end. Imogen Croft is a heroine as was her late mother Isabel, their diligence and determination in protecting family and loved ones is heart-warming. Truly suspenseful, had me guessing right to the end, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 10 Sep 2013
By Alison
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A great first novel by a local writer. Read on holiday and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended and will look forward to more books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 Sep 2013
By jon
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Well written and well paced with a storyline that sets you up waiting for the next book. I particularly liked the way the pace increases as you get further through the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cunning plot but a bit slow moving.
Published 1 day ago by Rose Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Couldn't put it down. It took me an afternoon to read as I just had to find out what had been in the satchel!
Published 4 days ago by Louise Oxford
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the links to local mythology within a good mystery
Novels set in the Scotish isles are not that frequent. I liked the links to local mythology within a good mystery.
Published 29 days ago by carmine-aus
3.0 out of 5 stars Aoife
Yes and no. Imaginative descriptions of the locations. Interesting characters and jigsaw pieces. The ending isn't! Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Watkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
After the first couple of chapters I considered giving up on this book but decided to persevere. The plot is so slow to evolve that you have to wait until halfway through for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sarah day
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHARACTERS - BRILLIANT STORYLINE!
Really enjoyed getting to 'know' the different characters in this intriguing family mystery. Looking forward eagerly to the other books in the series :-).
Published 2 months ago by Olliebeak
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
This book caught my eye because of the fab cover. A real page-turner with well-developed characters and good plot. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Berger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, easy to follow, good plot and thoroughly enjoyable!
I have just finished this book and wanted to post my review just before starting Katherine's next book! Read more
Published 6 months ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Unputdownable
Aoife's Chariot is definitely a page-turner, managing to keep you guessing and desperate to find out what happens next. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jon R.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Enjoyed this book. It was sold to me as a thriller by my friend who read it first I would say it is more of a murder mystery. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anna R
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