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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184923194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849231947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,951,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2010
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Carole Sutton certainly has an active imagination. She writes with comfortable authority on sailing matters and keeps her exciting story going at a steady pace until the thrilling finale; cinematic in spectacle, all of which should have you reading a top speed to find out what happens.

Set around the River Fal this dramatic tale, is centred on Steven Pengelly, a man with a slightly iffy past, who is at last in possession of his own yacht `Touche'. Sailing back from the Channel Islands on his maiden voyage he has a dangerous crew - Angela Dupont - who has picked him up, helped him out and is now inadvertantly about to make a total mess of his life.

There are delightful descriptions of the area around Falmouth. Cosy pubs, hidden quays and properties on the wooded creeks of the Fal, all clearly recognisable to those who know the area well, ground this story in reality, making it all the more enjoyable.

A thrilling read with much else to savour around the action, this is a worthwhile entertainment, a book that will absorb and involve you until the very last line.
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Ferryman- by Carole Sutton

This is a lively paced and plausible thriller that is definitely worth a read.

Steven Pengelly is imprisoned for a murder he did not commit and released when the body of his alleged victim turns up only recently dead. Determined to find the truth behind the murder, he teams up with a woman whose sister is missing under similar circumstances to `his victim.'

The hero, Steven Pengelly, is a carefully balanced character without the clichéd macho attributes that so many writers bestow upon their heroes. He has a pleasant and easy-going personality, which the reader can identify with.

The first half of the book sets up the plot and introduces all the characters with plenty of suspense. In a classical thriller move, the villain is revealed about half way through the book. This is a clever ploy that works very well and does not detract from the tension. We can see the villain luring all the players into his traps, producing edge of the seat excitement, but do not know how he can be stopped.

The excitement continues to build at a cracking pace to the final imaginative climax.

I thoroughly recommend this book and rate it as equal to many of the big name authors for its page turning enjoyment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Murder on the English Channel! 26 April 2009
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After scrimping and saving all his life, Steven Pengelly flies to Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, to buy a beautiful thirty-foot sailboat to live his dream. Preparing to take his new boat - Touché - back across the Channel to Cornwall, Steven's luck further improves. The young attractive blond that had shown him the boat - Angela Dupont, asks him for a lift to the mainland. Not one turn down a free crewmember or a pretty face, Steven takes her on and their trip across the channel sparks a romance. All is well until Steven learns Angela to be more opportunistic than partner willing to dump him quickly in search of a greater fish to hook. Suddenly, she turns up missing and Steven's world crashes down around him. Convinced she has been murdered, investigator's believe Steven to be the main suspect. Though there is no body, the evidence against Steven mounts leading to his conviction.

Two years later, Angela's body turns up. Forensics, however, prove her murder to be recent, confirming Steven's innocence. After his release, all Steven wants to do is move on with his life, but another young woman searches him out seeking his help in finding her recently missing sister. Believing there is a connection between her missing sister and Angela's murderer, she convinces Steven to help find those guilty.

Carole Sutton's Ferryman pulses with action, intrigue, and mystery. Those who love sailing will appreciate the passages describing the thrill of racing, the battling with the elements, the danger, and the teamwork needed to survive and thrive in competition. The novel's locals are wonderfully described from the ports on Guernsey to the frequently visited sailing haunts. Sutton also seamlessly alternates between the novel's 1970s present day events and the events that unfolded years earlier during Angela's abduction. She introduces each subplot carefully wetting the readers appetite throughout keeping the mystery moving forward. Sutton also shows great care in building the sociopathic foundations for the book's antagonist. This ensures credibility and realism to this character that in lesser books would have been flat and unrealistic.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself turning the pages at a rapid pace and staying up late to make my way to the end's climax. Ferryman is one of this years favorites for me. I'm looking forward to Sutton's next release.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sail into a satisfying tale of suspense 7 Oct. 2009
By Carol Kean - Published on
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Normally I don't read thrillers, much less buy them, but the Cornwall setting and the theme of a missing sister caught me.

What a horrible beginning: wife sends husband out to investigate "things that go bump in the night," and that strange object near their boat is...a body. [My sister in 1976 was spotted by a road maintenance operator when something odd washed out of a culvert, so I found the prologue particularly affecting.] The body is soon identified--good news for Detective Inspector Alec Grimstone, but bad news--Angela Dupont has been dead only a week, though she went missing two years before and the innocent man serving time for her "murder" was jailed due to Grimstone's own mishandling of the case.

I found it most gratifying to see Grimstone wince and cringe over his mistake, but the way he makes excuses for himself, he gets no sympathy from me.

Early in the novel, I didn't like the protagonist, Steve Pengelly, but Sutton astutely illustrates that even a jerk (or just a guy who may act thoughtless or petty or hot-tempered) deserves better than Pengelly got. The wrath of an angry father, the pressure on a witness when Grimstone wants the case wrapped up, the power of circumstantial evidence, the manipulations of the woman who became Pengelly's "victim" -- so many forces act on Pengelly. After his two years in jail, he had me rooting for him and empathizing.

The pubs of Cornwall are beautifully described here, and the local characters, and especially the nautical races and life at sea. The boat races are both fun and educational to read about, and no wonder; Carole Sutton and her husband have built their own boats and sailed across the Channel to places mentioned in the book. Beaky, the dolphin in Ferryman, rings true because a real-life dolphin used to swim with Sutton's son. The Elizabethan pageant in Ferryman is straight out of one the author attended. Never does the firsthand knowledge of the author come across as an information dump. The story flows seamlessly along.

A pretty woman named Veryan adds even more local color and interest. Her sister has disappeared, and Veryan fears for Tamara the fate of Angela and other female bodies that have turned up in shallow graves. She enlists Pengelly to help her search for Tamara. Again, my own sister was missing for months, so this search hit very close to home for me. My heart was with Veryan throughout that agonizing quest to find her sister and the captor/killer.

The climax is extremely tense, a page-turner to the end. The villain is a sex trafficker with friends in socially prominent positions, so it does my heart good to see his "kingdom" overthrown.

All in all, a suspenseful and very satisfying read, and unfortunately, all too believable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Following murder trail on land and beneath the sea 22 July 2009
By Roy Pickering - Published on
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They say the devil is in the details and you will find a rich supply of them in this mystery novel, transporting you to 1970's Cornwall, England, racing aboard a sleek yacht or attending a fancy costume ball where far more than meets the eye is there to be discovered by those in search of answers. One of the people following trails both hot and cold is Steven Pengelly, a man wrongfully convicted of murder who gains his freedom after two years of imprisonment when the body of the woman he was supposed to have killed surfaces from the depths of the sea, freshly deceased. Although he has no further need to clear his name, the sister of a woman gone missing convinces him to join her desperate rescue mission. A man who does need redemption is Alec Grimstone, the detective who saw to it that Steven was convicted and now must follow the only path that will lead to a clean conscience, and to the true abductor/killer behind an escalating series of crimes. I will delve no further into the plot, with Ferryman being a mystery that I don't wish to spoil for anyone. Better to pick up a copy for yourself and follow the twists and turns that lead to a villian whose perversity is only matched by the clever measures he takes to maintain his depraved secrets. If you are a whodunnit fan, and who isn't to some degree, be sure to add Carol Sutton to your reading list.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb Suspenseful Storytelling 10 Feb. 2009
By Dee Marie - Published on
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"Ferryman" is a story that could easily be ripped from a modern front-page tabloid's headlines. From the opening chapter of the "Ferryman," to the last suspenseful scene, Carole Sutton, intertwines a masterful tale of murder, mystery and mayhem.

The novel is set in a small, sleepy town on the coast of Cornwall, England. Carole expertly introduces her characters through an extended weekend sailing event. The storyline is further propelled by the influx of several unsolved, seemingly unrelated deaths of beautiful young women.

What makes Carole's novel a notch above other murder mysteries? She displays restrained intrigue as a master sleuth, leaving subtle clues along the way. Although fictitious, the story is steeped in realism...especially those scenes dealing with sailing, which are obviously written from the viewpoint of someone who "knows" the sport. Little details (like the inclusion of the infamous and mischievous dolphin, Beaky), spread throughout the story, enhance, rather than take away from the drama.

If you are a lover of murder mysteries, sailing, and superb suspenseful storytelling ... Ferryman is a must-read!

Dee Marie
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easy Reading 4 Feb. 2009
By Barbara Galvin - Published on
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Yes, DI Alec Grimstone leaned on a witness to enhance his testimony in the murder trial of Steven Pangelly, but Alec wasn't going to see a murderer get away with it just because Angela Dupont's body was never found. When Angela's body is fished out of the quay two years later, dead no more than ten days, Alec had to think again.
Carole Sutton weaves the story, past and present, through the detectives, through Pangelly and Veryan, through the degenerate Lomax and his deranged sister, letting the reader in on the who, where, and why, while we watch the good guys piece the puzzle together as they risk disgrace, disaster, and death in challenging a rich and powerful man.
The sailing scenes are utterly convincing; the characters interesting company, even the foul Lomax and his lunatic sister. The writing is friendly and smooth, skillfully implying violence and horror instead of splaying it in front of the reader. There is enough horror underlying the fate of several missing young women, implied, discussed, imagined, to make the end of the villains satisfying. This is a book I could recommend to anyone, even a sensitive reader.
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