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Faith Mortimer
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Book Description

8 Jun 2011
Bound and gagged, the shocked and terrified victim recognises his assailant. Days later, another body is discovered. How many assassins stalk the village? In a picturesque Cypriot village an expatriate theatrical group gather to discuss their next play; but when the curtain rises it'll be murder. A blackmailer stalks the cast - a group riven with jealousies, rivalry, sexual tension and illicit affairs. Unbeknownst to each other they all attempt to find solutions to their problems. Some believe it lies in murder. Can they find the blackmailer? And can they find that all important 'little black book' - the chronicle of their misdeeds. When a body is discovered, Diana, author and amateur actor, turns detective to draw up a suspects list. After the police get involved one of the suspects is found hanged - another murder or the suicide of a guilty person? A visit to a villager's home uncovers an ancient assassin's killing device. Could this be the murder weapon? Is it possible that an assassin lives at the heart of this formerly peaceful and idyllic village? Love, hate, murder and high drama all feature in this classic historical detective story. With a long list of suspects, some dramatic twists and the odd red herring, the reader is left guessing until the final curtain.

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Product details

  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amazon Top #20 bestselling author, and #19 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. I am a British author dividing my time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 I have turned my hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, I dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which I read to my 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.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels, 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! and A Deadly Learning.

On Devil's Brae (A Dark Minds Thriller Suspense series)

Romance:A Very French Affair (#1 in France), A Very English Affair, The Seeds of Times, Harvest and On Christmas Hill.

I love to hear from readers...your reviews & feedback are welcome! We writers need to know what you as readers enjoy. Please keep in touch by:



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Happy reading and thank you for dropping by.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Who-dun-it ...Will keep you guessing 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder and justice in beautiful Cyprus 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New crime author alert Faith Mortimer 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.
Kind regards, good luck to you Faith, Lisa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
Another great read by Faith Mortimer...this is the second book I have read of Faiths...the first being Devil's Brae ...and what a read that was and can certainly recommend it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bobble
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Very disappointing and with out of character/culture choice of phraseology i.e. Would a sheltered Cypriot village girl really use the term 'fancy' when being attracted to another... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Excellent book picked it back up after having read 60% in last holiday just got back in to it with ease
Published 6 months ago by DRM
4.0 out of 5 stars who dun it?
good book, easy to read . first one in series and I will be reading the second. very enjoyable indeed .
Published 6 months ago by karen brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing mystery.
A very unusual, intriguing book with a distinctive style. If you enjoy working out the identity of a murderer amongst a group of eccentric characters with motive and opportunity,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diana J Febry
4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Read
This first book in a series introduces us to Diana Rivers, a writer whose inquisitive nature leads her to ask questions and wonder what happened in the quiet, idyllic, Cypriot... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aurora
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Murder
I bought this book because of the crime element, and it was described as a classic detective story, so I was expecting something similar to an Agatha Christie book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Longmuir
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Cant actually recall reading this yet, but it arrived promptly with very little fuss. I look forwards to getting round to it
Published 19 months ago by Noura4eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this book, set in a small village in Cyprus. The plot keeps you guessing right up to the end with numerous twists and turns. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine murder mystery
Faith Mortimer has a wonderful gift for painting word pictures of her characters and the environment of the setting and she used this gift to advantage throughout the story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Big Gee Taylor
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