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MOUSE (a psychological thriller and murder-mystery) [Kindle Edition]

D. M. Mitchell
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With his acknowledged individual storytelling expertise, D. M. Mitchell pens yet another taut psychological thriller with a difference that twists and turns to its deliciously devious and unexpected conclusion. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the most exciting new writers of thriller and supernatural tales in the UK.

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If you are a fan of psychological thrillers this is a must read. It reminded me very much of Ruth Rendell’s novels - It’s really that good!

D.M. Mitchell is extremely talented, he is gifted with the ability to transport the reader in such a way as to make it possible for the reader to visualise the book as though you are there witnessing scenes & events as they unfold.
Try D.M. Mitchell, I wasn't disappointed!

Fantastic read. Well written and delightfully thought out plot. Kept me awake all night. Cannot wait to read another D.M. Mitchell book.

Mitchell, an Englishman, is a poetic talent. But this is a psychological thriller, so be prepared for a wild ride.

'They played a cruel game of cat and mouse - but someone forgot to tell the mouse the rules...'

It’s the summer of 1976 and Vince Moody is a quiet and unassuming projectionist at the run-down Empire cinema in the small town of Langbridge in the middle of the Somerset Levels.

His life is a drudge, and he’s going nowhere; the only female attention he gets is a stream of cruel jokes and jibes from the Empire’s cleaners, and especially from the obnoxious Monica Andrews. But his life is about to change dramatically when he sees and falls secretly in love with Laura Leach.

Laura lives all alone in an 18th Century folly known as Devereux Towers; a brooding old building sitting alone in its field a few miles from Langbridge. Recently returned to the area to bury her father and having inherited Devereux Towers, Laura is something of a recluse. The local children call Laura the ‘Witch of Devereux Towers’; some people call her ‘damaged goods’. She too is lonely and unassuming, a desperately troubled woman haunted by her dark, secret past. Haunted by what lies behind the blue-painted door in Devereux Towers which Laura lets no one enter…

Then Laura Leach meets Casper Younge. He’s handsome, well-spoken, gentle and loving, and Laura falls head-over-heels in love with him. Vince Moody is devastated to have lost the woman of his dreams, but he soon discovers that Casper Younge is not all he first appears. He’s blackmailing the Empire’s manager, Martin Caldwell, for one thing; and who is the attractive woman Vince sees Casper meeting in Glastonbury? What plans are they hatching?

Martin Caldwell is having serious troubles of his own, aside from managing the failing Empire cinema – his affair with Monica Andrews the cleaner has gone horribly wrong. His world is falling apart, and the last thing he wants is a visit from Casper Younge dredging up a murky past he thought he’d left behind.

Then both Casper and Monica go missing; the longer they are gone, the more the thoughts turn to their possible deaths. But if they are dead, who is responsible for killing them?

Soon, everyone is caught up in a dangerous spiral of events that draws them inexorably into a world of jealousy, deceit, passion, blackmail and murder, where the hunter becomes the hunted, the mice turn on the cats.

Set against the impressive yet claustrophobic landscape of the Somerset Levels, Mouse is a chilling exploration of the corrupt depths people will sink to in the name of revenge, power, greed and love and is D. M. Mitchell at his imaginative best.

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  • Print Length: 253 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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You can now follow D. M. Mitchell on Facebook and on Twitter at D. M. Mitchell@dmtheauthor, or visit his official website at for book details, his blog on how to be a successful writer, latest releases and author biographies etc.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mouse, would benefit from another edit 12 Dec. 2013
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This book could have done with another thorough edit, there were far too many superfluous words that just added padding and slowed the action down. I couldn't understand why the author named so many products, like Ever Ready and Pledge, it just wasn't needed and if it was there to date the story it failed. There were a handful of spelling mistakes and punctuation issues, but on the whole the errors were fewer than many other self-published novels. I hated the use of the word 'gotten' as it doesn't exist apart from in school-yard slang, the word 'got' is correct and should have been used in the instance that the author wrote 'gotten'

First chapter didn't grab me, repetitive phrases like, 'Men invariably do' and why introduce two sisters to kill them off in the first chapter, why not make Laura an only child? Some pieces seem contradictory, for example the author writes, There were trees in abundance, but spread out thinly'.Abundance indicates, many whereas thinly indicates, few.

This was a good idea that would have benefited from another re-draft, some of the characters were stereotypes and the second half was littered with clichés and at times I thought the use of some words stemmed from over-use of a thesaurus. On the whole the storyline was good and in honesty was engaging, apart from the final chapter which came after the first denouement only to contradict it. The final chapter was completely out of character with the rest of the book and was in my opinion tagged on for good measure with the main protagonist (Vince) acting completely out of character, he'd never have had the courage to do what he did in the final paragraphs.

I hope D.M. Mitchell continues to write, but pays more attention to the flow of the narrative and steers clear of stereotypes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning read ! 25 Dec. 2012
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MOUSE (a psychological thriller and murder-mystery)
This really is a stunning read,and having read MAX it once again demonstrates how a thriller really should be written, how times have changed, as the main character Laura is turned by circumstances into a lifetime victim, as is Vince head projectionist at the local Empire cinema, both seem destined to be targeted by those only interested in position and wealth, but their greed could be the death of them.
Wonderful characterisation and a real feel for the period, which didn't look kindly on single women. I'll certainly be looking out for more by D.M. Mitchell
Very Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomplicated easy read 7 April 2013
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Easy put down/pick up book and a pleasant enough read. Not many characters and nothing complicated. Not much of a 'plot' really and not what I'd call a psychological thriller, not even a thriller really - more just a story about 3 or 4 sad people which 'plodded' along making for a comfortable read. Although there were murders it definitely was not an exciting page turner - least not for me. I thought the final twist and ending rather weak - but I suppose it matched the rest of the story really and rather made me think of old black and white films. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it as an easy light hearted read and would consider another by this author as a welcome rest between bigger more complicated exciting page turning reads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Overly Impressed 31 Jan. 2014
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The book gets off to a very slow start as the back stories of two of the main characters are dropped in with a resounding clunk. Once it gets going the plot moves along at a slowish pace. Some of the metaphors and similes don't really work: 'damned cheeks beginning to betray his embarrassment like beacons on a zebra crossing'. Beacons on a zebra crossing don't betray embarrassment and they FLASH - which conjures up an interesting picture of the character's face. And 'the sun was still strong, slapping his neck with its heat'. The sun burns continuously - it doesn't slap. Some of the grammar is not great - author needs to understand the difference between 'stood' and 'standing'. Perhaps the book needs a better editor?
Unfortunately the twist at the end is predictable from quite an early stage in the book.
Having said all that it is an easy read, but I won't be looking for more by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mouse by d m Mitchell 4 April 2013
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Excellent book, captivating story - suspense right till the end - Easy to read. Hours of pleasure and enjoyment. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a little more. 4 Oct. 2014
By Nev
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Picked this up for free in a flash after reading D M Mitchell's short story The Pen Of Manderby Pincher. I was expecting more of the same but didn't really get it.

This story is set in a Somerset village Langbridge in 1976. It centres on a run down cinema in the village The Empire. Vince is the projectionist. Martin is the manager. Vince isn't the sharpest tool in the box and Martin has a very shady past. Vince falls in love with Laura who goes to the cinema on a regular basis. Unlucky for him she has fallen for Casper. As the romance blossoms between Laura and Casper, Vince discovers an alternative side to Casper, a secret side that he feels Laura should know about. And how is Casper connected to Martin? From here on in it is a series of twists and turns, murder and corruption showing no one in Langbridge should be trusted.

The story was good. It as well written and certainly gave you a great atmospheric feeling of the era the story as set in. It is full of twists nd turns that are superb in confusing you. You think the story is going one way and it goes the completely opposite direction. Then when when you think it's all done and coming to an end the twist of all twists comes to the fore.

However it left me feeling a bit flat. There as no great excitement in it. Nothing driving it forward and keeping me glued to the book and desperate to finish the story. This brings my score down I'm afraid. I have a few more of Mr Mitchell's books to read. I know they will be good stories to read but I hope they grab me a bit more.

3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
Loved this book all the way. Lots of little twists and turns that will leave you by surprise! Great work Dan!
Published 1 month ago by A. Haris
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it.
Unusual and written with depth. Highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by brenda b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 3 months ago by Jh
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam
A really good story with lots of twists and turns with plenty of intrigue which had a very unexpected ending
Published 3 months ago by pam lawther
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexceptional
Being from Somerset, thought I'd enjoy a thriller set in the levels. And yes, it was OK but quite disappointing. Basically it could have been located anywhere flat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cat and mouse
Truly gripping novel that twists and turns just enough to mislead. Great finale. Looking forward to more D.M. Mitchell novels.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. I really liked it
Nice book.I really liked it.
Published 5 months ago by Aroa Cabalero Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Being new to this author I started with 'Max' but this is a much better read. Parts of the plot were easy to predict but also some good twists. Recommended
Published 5 months ago by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars Just finished reading it on holiday good book to take keeps you...
Just finished reading it on holiday good book to take keeps you wondering to end and good twist at finish
Published 6 months ago by Sue from Cornwall
3.0 out of 5 stars ans the trap!
This was an entertaining thriller with surprises all the way through which were progressively revealed. Read more
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