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The Serpent and the Peacock [Paperback]

Anne Selby
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5 Aug 2011
The Serpent and the Peacock is a thrilling, well paced story combining fantasy, mystery, myth and murder. _x000D_ _x000D_ First time author Anne Selby brings readers a stark, spine-tingling, and exciting tale about overcoming evil and finding the truth behind a murder in her new novel The Serpent and Peacock. _x000D_ _x000D_ The discovery in a London cemetery of the body of a young woman sparks off a nationwide murder enquiry and Detective Sergeant Eve Hallam of the London Metropolitan Police, is assigned to the case. A terrifying encounter with something that she cannot rationally explain, leads Eve to believe that they have more than a simple murder investigation on their hands. She and Roger Hamilton, the senior investigating officer, find themselves desperately trying to keep their lives, their sanity and the investigation on track whilst being constantly and tantalisingly side-tracked by the mysterious group Grigori Enterprises who seem hellbent on obstructing their efforts.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: (5 Aug 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1447794095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447794097
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,544,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and mysterious 3 Feb 2013
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When you first start to read this book, it's seems to be a standard detective novel (a genre of which I am a huge fan) and then things get interesting.

It is extremely obvious that Selby has done an immense amount of research into many areas of myths and how police investigate murder cases. This background knowledge helps make the plotline feel as if it could actually happen.

The characters are all extremely well rounded and thoroughly likeable (even with their faults).

Although there are romantic strands to the story, they din' t take over the story and I commend Selby with dealing with mixed and same sex relationships which shows that many people simply fall in love or are attracted to a person rather than their gender.

In places, especially when Yasin is explaining about the Djinn, I felt as if I were watching an episode if Supernatural (which is a good thing).

I found the entire book fascinating, sometimes confusing - thank you footnotes - but it was the last 3 or 4 chapters that truly held my attention and turning the pages as the action is ramped up for the grand finale.

If you like detective novels and supernatural stories, I highly recommend you read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 2 Nov 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, and boy did it keep me thinking all the way through. Other books have so much going on that the transfer and processing of this information can be overwhelming. This story was brilliantly written in a way that fed in the information gradually, but all the time turning the screw with the deepening mystery that was beginning to make it self known to the reader. Whatever I say will not do the story justice, so enough of my rambling and please, if you like a good mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing on the many different spiritual and historical levels that exist within it, then go buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book! 28 May 2011
By moldrol
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I cannot do justice to this book in a review. It was different, and so utterly captivating that I could not stop reading it. Would recommend this to everyone!
Thank you Anne...really hoping to read more of your work in the future :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this xx 30 April 2011
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Love this story, it takes so many twists and turns :)
should definitely only be read by those with a strong stomach, the vivid descriptions make you feel as if you were there.

I would definitely recommend this story to anyone with a love of fantasy and mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic e-book!!!! 11 April 2011
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What a fantastic read!! Couldn't put it down from start to finish. My first ever e-book on my new Kindle.

The story was incredible. Made me use my imagination non stop. What a fantastic film it would make, would love to see the characters in "real life" especially Sariel and Seth. A brilliant read for those that like this kind of thing. A++++++ - gets my vote :o).
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