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FLINDER'S FIELD (a murder mystery and psychological thriller) [Kindle Edition]

D. M. Mitchell
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New for 2014 - D. M. Mitchell's latest psychological thriller!

With a quarter of a million downloads, the bestselling author of ‘Max’ and ‘The House of the Wicked’, D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Ruth Rendell, M. R. James, Linwood Barclay, Umberto Eco, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and many others. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being regarded by some as one of the UK’s most original and exciting writers of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries.

In November 1974, a young woman called Sylvia Tredwin goes missing. Nobody has the faintest idea where she’s gone. She was wearing only a light skirt and T-shirt, didn’t take anything with her, no suitcase, nothing. Simply went out one dark evening and never returned.

Some say she went off with another man, because there’d already been talk in the small Somerset village of Petheram that she’s that type of woman – attractive, flirty with it, dressed too provocatively. But her husband, Bruce Tredwin, doesn’t believe a word of the callous whisperings of the locals as they gossip about his outsider wife. So he never gives up searching for her. A fortnight later on a stormy winter’s night he finds her. She’s naked in a place called Flinder’s Field, wandering aimlessly, badly bruised and in total shock. But what she says to him will astound everyone.

She says she’s been abducted by aliens, and she was never to be the same again, with tragic consequences…

Forty years later and George Lee is coming back to Petheram, the village of his birth. His estranged father has died and there are things his mother would like him to sort out. George hates the village, couldn’t wait to get out and make a life for himself as a writer of cheap and gory thrillers. He notices that Adam Tredwin, Sylvia Tredwin’s son, has also returned to Petheram. As children, the two used to be friends, briefly, before Adam’s father was killed in the 1980s by a hit-and-run driver and Sylvia took him away from the village.

But it’s when George begins to tidy out his father’s loft and slowly begins to learn more details about Sylvia Tredwin’s disappearance that he starts to uncover dark secrets and hidden truths – discoveries that will peel back the decades to reveal a labyrinthine world of madness, jealousies, deceit, lies and murder. He little knows his idle quest to find out the truth behind Sylvia Tredwin’s abduction will have profound and dangerous consequences for all concerned.

D. M. Mitchell pens yet anther taut psychological thriller and murder mystery, set in the claustrophobic world of a small Somerset village, with a bevy of believable characters and a plot that twists and turns in Mitchell’s inimitable style to a deliciously shocking and unexpected conclusion.

“If you haven’t tried D. M. Mitchell yet, you don’t know what you’ve been missing…”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4567 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing (7 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H5T6JEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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You can now follow D. M. Mitchell on Facebook and on Twitter at D. M. Mitchell@dmtheauthor.

D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...




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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't make up my mind! 30 Mar 2014
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Have just finished Flinder's Field and can't decide if I'm glad I stuck with it. Found the first half of the book hard to like but read some reviews and decided to stick with it. All I can say is at least I found out what happened! But they are all unlike able characters so I didn't feel any bond with them. I had read D M Mitchell's Mouse so was prepared to find the book slightly odd but....the jury is still out on this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Field of mystery 21 April 2014
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I have read other books from this author and really enjoyed them but this one escaped me.
I couldn't get into the narration , the characters or the feel of the mystery which is a shame because it reads really well and expected another good read. It all felt a bit to cold between characters for me and slow to get into the whole journey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable with an interesting plot. 20 April 2014
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After starting and giving up on quite a few of the Amazon free and reduced-priced books, I quite enjoyed this book and it kept my interest until the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, couldn't finish this one. 20 Mar 2014
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I read a book to be entertained. So it isn't surprising that I expect at least a couple of the characters to be sympathetic. I found George to be as unpleasant as the rest of his family - Uncle Gary excepted and that's because he appeared to be a prawn short of a barbie. The obsession with Sylvia Tredwin got on my nerves. That said, I will probably have another go at this, but only when I run out of anything else to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is my first DM Mitchell book and I am very disappointed with the quality of the writing. The main issues are with accuracy (e.g. in the first chapter, our hero's car is a right-off (sic) but by chapter 5 it becomes a write-off. The proof0reading is also very poor, with several instances of "you" that should read "your". My main concern is the way the characters' words do not ring true with their "character" as described by the author. The whole thing became such a trial to read that I stopped around chapter 6. Comparisons with Ruth Rendell et al exaggerate this author's prowess, and the publisher needs to find someone who knows how to proof-read properly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 15 May 2014
By lorri
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4 stars due to a few editorial issues. however I enjoyed this book, totally unexpected ending. stick with this one it's worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flinders field 15 May 2014
By WMD
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Excellent,kept my interest right to the end. Could not put it down. A strange story but not too far fetched
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware your family... 7 May 2014
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...if you live in an isolated village in the middle of cider country. They'll all be completely mad, have terrible secrets and be ruthlessly determined to keep them.

I enjoy Mr Mitchell's books, and this one lived up to expectations. The kidnapped by aliens obsession by 'poor Sylvia Tredwin' was intriguing, as was everyone telling George to stop digging up the past. Anyone in their right mind knows that if you tell someone to stop looking, they'll want to look even harder to find out what's behind the wall of lies.

The author captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of small village life well - the petty jealousies, feuds and tensions. None of the characters are likeable, however, including George who is a small-time writer of cheap thrillers, and feels the lack of credibility as a writer terribly.

He digs about in the loft, finds a bunch of papers, goes off to meet various people, and grapples with his determinedly obtuse family. What he discovers will have dramatic consequences throughout the village. The ending will leave you dangling. Great stuff.
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