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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Topsails Charter (8 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956931804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956931801
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,394,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Top #14 author rank for mystery, #27 mystery, thriller & suspense, #55 literature & fiction #5 bestselling author on Nook Books. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.
Faith is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she turned her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, she dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which she read to her sisters. Born in Manchester & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.

*Please note: all books are written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK and appropriate for the setting.

Top selling novels include the Diana Rivers Mystery Suspense Series: The Assassins' Village (#1 Harpers Collins/Authonomy), Children of the Plantation, The Surgeon's Blade, Camera Action Murder, Childhunt! & A Deadly Learning.

On Devil's Brae & Behind a Twisted Smile (Dark Minds Psychological Thriller series)

Faith also write Romance/Women's Fiction: A Very French Affair (#1 in France), A Very English Affair, The Seeds of Times, Harvest, On Christmas Hill & Not Just For Christmas. (The Affair Series)

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"This book will have you at your wits end. One of the best books you will read this year, but beware of your blood pressure rising. The bad guy in this story will have you shouting at your kindle, my family think I am crazy..."

"A brilliant thriller, I loved it and would recommend it to readers who like to be scared out of their wits!.."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2014
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“The Assassins' Village (Diana Rivers #1)” by Faith Mortimer is a terrific murder mystery in the exotic location of Cyprus. It opens with the murder of what we learn was a terrible human being before taking us into the very colourful community of theatre players. If you ever have played in an amateur group you will appreciate the writing that portrays the scene just perfectly. The book also contains some witty references to theatre and literature and throws a large array of suspects at us.
The village itself has a reputation and adds spice to this wonderful mystery. The plot itself is well crafted and kept me guessing until the very end. A very accomplished and hugely enjoyable first in a promising series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tigger66 on 7 Jun. 2013
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It took me a while to get into this and got a bit confused between characters at times but I think that was just the Greek names. I got there in the end though and ended up loving it and not able to put it down. The descriptions of the area made me want to be there and the characters were wonderful. You really feel for some of them and totally hate others. Keeps you guessing to the end as to what will happen. Would totally recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Whitehead on 30 Sept. 2014
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From the start, there is an intriguing foreshadowing of what is effectively an assassination, put on hold while the perspective for the killing is built and the character of Alicia and her fellow actors in the Cypriot theatre are themselves so subtly drawn.

While the victim suffers "agonising pain", the details raw and convincing, it is as much the mental anguish of the victim and his utter impotence in the brutal hands of his unidentified killer which rivets the reader and I was at once drawn into a mystery the more compelling because of the familiarity to me of Cypriot villages in general; being the son of one Greek Cypriot parent born in Lapithos and having travelled extensively through Cyprus from Paphos through the Troodos mountains and Nicosia towards Lapithos.

For me, the scenes were full of echoes and memories which tore at me for their link to the parent I lost; the "... sweet scent of the frangipani tree," the "smell of over-ripe grapes," the "... swallows and doves fluttering in the soft evening sunshine."

The characterisation really evokes something of the Cypriot villager's spirit which cannot be described except in turns of phrase or by their actions; sometimes quite innocuous actions but ones at which we can only smile and say 'that was a Cypriot as yet relatively untainted by urban modernity', except perhaps of the type which one might find - and perhaps want to avoid - in say Ayia Napa.

Womaniser Kristiakis, the "predatory Kristiakis" alias "Kristiakis the Bomber" made me at once cringe and smile for, totally flawed as he is, he is so Cypriot and he does ring true.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fran Burke on 25 May 2012
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Yet another fab book from Faith Mortimer. Completely different from the Surgeons Blade, but most enjoyable.

Very descriptive - I could imagine the small Cyprus village, and the Taverna in the mountains etc. Lots of interesting characters - most of them with a dislike for Leslie. Each of them has a very good reason for killing him, but who actually did the evil deed?

There are lots of twists and turns in the story that keep you guessing to the very last page. All in all a great plot, very well written, and I thoroughly recommend this book. I shall certainly be reading a lot more by Faith Mortimer...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elva Moser on 3 April 2012
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this mystery is full of twists and motives from all kinds of suspects who coulda/woulda/shoulda killed the 2 horribly, hateful victims. (i wanted to kill both of them too! they are truly vile!) did one person kill them both? they were killed very differently.

The author has been compared to Agatha Christie. But I disagree. Christie's characters are certainly 'true', but Mortimer colors her characters more deeply, provides more background and backstory. She paints multi-dimensional characters. Christie's weren't always drawn so fully as the reader mostly drew conclusions from the detective's actions. what was chilling about these characters as several of the suspects were 'friends' of the sleuths.

Mortimer's narrative is chock full of psychological nuances and sometimes touches of the paranormal - but not quite.

Diana and Steve are charming sleuths and i enjoy their loving, and thankfully, not sappy relationship. they could be compared to Christie's Tommy & Tuppance. i've only read 1, maybe 2 of those books, and very long ago, so i could be wrong about that.

annoyingly, when you're done with the story, she pretty much told you everything you needed to know - if only you'd read the signs more carefully.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Regular Reader on 1 May 2012
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Faith Mortimer's kindle ebook the Assassin's Village has been an enjoyable read for me. I've been experimenting in the Kindle Store, and I was attracted by the use of the commedia del'arte cover. Recently I've read a lot of Kindle crime fiction, and while I've not read crime since Agatha Christie, unless Dan Brown counts, I was looking forward to a well structured plot. Faith did not let me down. I've written an article myself about the joy of reading on the Kindle titled "Why The Kindle Is Better Than Books" and mentioned two authors so far. I just updated it to include Faith's book. The reason the book is good is that it really suits the Kindle format. Short chapters, lovely prologue quotes from Macbeth, and the used of consecutive narrative is handy for Kindle reading behaviour. I've put a link to her product below and I hope you will all buy a copy. It is a good length too, some of these Kindle books tend to be too short. Value for money and a great read for a girl or guy on the go. Enjoy the mystery and beauty of Cypress, and the seedy inhabitants of The Assassin's Village.
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Kind regards, good luck to you Faith, Lisa
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