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The Cat and the Cathedral (The Green Man Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ali Cooper
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Lucy and her friends try to rescue a cat trapped beneath a manhole cover in the pavement, they find themselves in a mysterious system of underground passages. Following the cat through the tunnels, they emerge in the cathedral and witness a strange secret ceremony. But events take a sinister turn when a man is discovered murdered nearby. The four friends are determined to discover the identity of the murderer and of the secret group, but who can they trust? Canon Amanda Holdright is warm and friendly, while Gideon, the virger, is cloaked in suspicion. And the university professor expresses surprising interest in their activities.

Set against the real life backdrop of Exeter Cathedral and Underground Passages, The Cat and the Cathedral is the first book of the Green Man Trilogy. A traditional teen adventure, it is suitable for Young Adults, and also for old ones!

Please note: Exeter Cathedral preserves some old and unusual spellings, such as virger and quire. These are reflected in the text.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Standing Stone Press (13 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCUBVFE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I live in rural Devon where I am a singer/songwriter/guitarist and teach guitar, having moved down here for the solar eclipse and stayed. I have a degree in psychology (Sussex) and a masters in archaeology (Nottingham) and these subjects tend to crop up in my writing, whether fiction or non-fiction.

Fiction:
My latest novel, The Cat and the Cathedral (Book 1 of The Green Man Trilogy) is just published. It's a traditional YA mystery/adventure, suitable for age 12 upwards (including adults!). Contemporary, with just a hint of paranormal, it's set in real life locations in Exeter.
The Girl on the Swing is my debut novel. Set in Nottingham and Lyme Regis, it explores themes of past lives and regression, although it is not primarily a book about the paranormal.
My second novel, Cave, features scenes of underground exploration and draws on my own experiences of the sport. It is about friendships and relationships rather than disaster or terror!
Bloody Scared is a shorter book and is a humorous vampire spoof.

Non-fiction:
Editing a Better Book is my guide to all aspects of self-editing.
Archaeology Walks in the Peak District is published with Sigma (now part of Stobart Davies) is recently being published in a new edition.

For more info or to read the first chapters, visit my website http://www.alicooper.net/ or my publisher site http://www.standingstonepress.co.uk/.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure 7 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this gentle story of mystery and intrigue with pleasure. It's well written and easy to read, flows along well and has a nice sense of pace. I would have liked more action and a little less conversation, but having said that the conversations do help to show character and move the story forwards, so it's not empty. It has the kind of 'feel good' atmosphere and events I remember from books I used to read as a kid. Witnessing odd and disturbing ceremonies, meeting with adults whose trustworthiness is doubtful, getting into scrapes and trying to figure out puzzles, with a murder kicking everything off - it's all good fun.

I did wonder why the kid's first port of call for information wasn't the internet, but maybe that's just me. Google first, library later :)

On the whole it's a good read. Nothing upsetting and no bad language. Suitable for all youngsters who enjoy a mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch for more of this Green Man Trilogy 13 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
From the opening moments of "The Cat and the Cathedral," we are propelled into a mystery which leads to murder as four young detectives attempt to unravel a fatal crime set in their home city of Exeter, England. Exploring the underground catacombs beneath the medieval cathedral grounds while pursuing a cat, who appears to be lost but seems to have special knowledge, our heroes witness a secret ceremony that leads to danger, deception, and critical choices of who can or can't be trusted and whether friends can be truly depended upon. Suitable for mature middle to high school aged readers, this e-book is also an imaginative, well paced, good read for adults. It is a promising start to author Ali Cooper's "Green Man Trilogy." Watch for future sequels. With such well rounded characters and colourful locations, I predict a television series in the making!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 7 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Considering I am not the target audience for this young adult book, I really enjoyed it and will be recommending it to my 17-year-old niece.

It is a murder mystery that takes place just outside Exeter Cathedral. As with all good mysteries it envelops you and has you guessing who the murderer might be and is there a cover-up? As in any good mystery there is a twist at the end that leaves you wanting more. The four friends remind me of Enid Blyton and her Famous Five or Secret Seven series.

When reading this book, I was not aware it was part of a trilogy, it certainly lends itself to one. You are left with wanting more.

I have been to Exeter but never visited the Cathedral. Such is the description that I feel I have been there now, and will certainly add it to my list of places to visit.

Ali Cooper has written adult books as well, and if this is the quality of writing they will certainly be added to my list to read.
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