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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
Whilst this book is very eloquently written, I thought that the description was over the top. Just too much of it. The story was quite good but for me was spoiled by the continual descriptions of the hills, the waterfalls etc etc. May try another but would prefer something that moved with a bit more pace. Preferred Jonathan Digby's 'A murderous Affair'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2013
a bit too much information on places, not enough mystery. Was easy to work out who dunnit, so was slightly disapointed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
It wasn't a bad story and was well written but it didn't appeal to me. I found it difficult to engage with the characters.
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on 12 September 2013
I've not quite finished it yet, but I consider the book to be way ahead of many of the Kindle offerings I've read of late. The historical content regarding the Elan Valley Dams is very well documented, and the feeling of time and place well captured. I found the prose elegant - sometimes too elegant for a thriller - but the book is altogether a very worthwhile read. And, as another reviewer has pointed out, extremely well edited. Hope you have more up your sleeve, Gordon.

Mac FletcherForever April (Sorry about the plug)
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on 12 January 2015
I like Victorian murder mysteries and because I know the author, I knew it would be both interesting and well crafted. And it was all that plus more. It had the city vs country trope and the classic alienated detective and the other accoutrements of the genre, but the characters had depth and the story was both surprising and credible. It is alwaysa pleasure these days to get something that not only delivers as promised on the tin, but gives us more. Well done.
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on 23 December 2013
I thought the background plans and workings of the dams in mid-Wales were very interesting. Having spent my formative years in the Birmingham area my primary education was very much focused on the planning and construction of the dams.
I found the story line and mystery was good, in fact, very good. Excellent writing.
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on 19 September 2013
Very enjoyable Victorian murder mystery with an unusual and fascinating setting. He has characters you care about and a plot that keeps the pages turning. He also gets the great emptiness and wild beauty of the area spot on. The crime publishing houses should be looking for something out of the ordinary like this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
Upon reading the opening pages of the book, a reader is transported immediately to Wales in the late 1800s.

I was unfamiliar with this author and became entranced by his use of language--- whether it was elegant prose or his tutorial on dam-building.

Some of the examples I enjoyed included:
"The mouth, just another severe line in a face of severe lines"
"Pick[axe]s rippling down the line like a centipede in motion"
"[A ] cloud of persistent flies, maddeningly obsessed with his ears"

Once Americans sort through British spelling variants (and adapt to slews of Welsh consonants which LOOK like typos---such as Cwm-hir, Pen-y-bwlch, Nyth-y-gog;
Llywelyn, etc.), they should rejoice because it was [Hallelujah!!] a typo-free text.

Author Reid did a nice job of building tension throughout, and the characters were well developed---including some real baddies.

I found it an unlikely forum for all the ornithology, poetry references and poetic way of drawing word pictures, but appreciated them wholeheartedly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2013
It's a long time since I've been to the Elan Valley. I found this very evocative of Rhyader and environs. The twists and turns in the plot lead you along the wrong paths so take nothing at face value.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2013
A good old fashioned murder mystery set in Wales over a hundred years ago with a storyline as good as any Sherlock Holmes.
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