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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494815699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494815691
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very well written story set in a Victorian Cornish coastal village.It has quite a lot to commend it. The authors descriptions take the reader into a past long gone.The atmosphere and characters come to life, the rather creepy vicar and the artist exiled to Porthgarrow for his indiscretions.The novel has many well crafted characters and the author brings them altogether to make this a very enjoyable read.Folklore,murder and a son returning to clear his fathers name for a brutal murder (graphically described).Its a great story so if you like murder,mystery with a hint of the supernatural then I can recommend this.
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OK, so perhaps I must be a fan already. I read Max and the other stuff and liked that. But this is something different again, though you get the same intricate plot, good characterisation and unexpected twist in the tale. In this case it's a double twist but I won't give anything away! It's a mix of Victorian murder mystery with a touch of Hammer Horror, old world meets new world, peopled by creepy characters and red herrings galore, with the historic setting well researched and believable. This was free at the time too - a real bargain!
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If you like Victorian potboilers and 19th C prose, you might like this. But for me the writing was far too prolix and discursive. The author loves words and he heaps up the metaphors like a multi-layered chocolate cake. After a while it becomes wearisome. In his enthusiasm oxymorons creep in: 'the knife was blunted but keen'. Characters who know a scene describe it to one another so it sounds like Granny sucking eggs. Eventually, you want to shout "get on with the story!" It doesn't end there.

There are mountains of back story to recount which holds back the action. Every now and then the author has a burst of writing that speeds up the events and grips. Not for long; another back story emerges with more overly rich writing. Thanks to Kindle I can say the denouement occupies the last 15 per cent of the book with yet more excursions into back stories. By now, you've worked it all out and for many readers earlier in the tale.
Some of the writing is very good and well observed but he is a little over in love with his own voice and we feel it. We don't need to be told this is a psychological thriller with crime, mystery and suspense. We hapless readers can work that out for ourselves.
So in summary this is story that doesn't satisfy. Overburdened with description, tautology and back story, it strangles itself.
The author says he reads all these comments. He is a good writer but, in a yarn like this, he needs to write more sparingly and avoid those inderminably long back stories. Less is more.
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Well written mystery portraying the Victorian life in a remote Cornish fishing village with its superstitions and beliefs. More than one line of mystery come together and intermingle to the final conclusion. A very enjoyable yarn.
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Fascinating, intriguing story. Set in a Cornish village complete with secrets, mystery and wild weather beating on the rugged coast. The author has researched his story well and created characters with their superstitions, weird beliefs, class awareness, traditions and hard way of life.

The story is steeped in atmosphere and mystery around which the author weaves his unique tale. All the elements are present to create a number of strands which blend together and formulate a story which will leave the reader pondering about it for sometime. Personally I have never read a story like it! My only niggle is the tendency for the story to travel from one era to another which occasionally left me a little puzzled and necessitated a brief check back into the story to find the link. This does not detract enough for me to drop a star rating. The many positives far outweigh any negatives!

This is a 5 star novel.
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The book starts in 1867 with a woman who is found murdered in her home, her husband is found leaning over her with a knife in his hand, He is supposedly chased and confessed before jumping to his death,

The story jumps 13 years to Stephen Denning meeting his friend Terrance Wilkinson and been asked to come to Porthgarrow to start a artist colony.

In between the story tells you how the friends met and what subsequently happened whilst they were in France.

The village of Porthgarrow is a very primtive supicious place and helped with this by Tunny a villager who has a gift.

I have to stay I did nearly give up with this as it took ages for me to get into the story as there was a lot of ground laying with the story going between the 13 years which in parts did confuse me. But I did persevere and it I was surprised where the story went.
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This was my first D M Mitchell book, but certainly wont be my last.
A victorian mystery set in a seemingly damned fishing town. This has creepy Dickensian characters, superb prose, and an atmosphere of impending doom. It almost tips over into pastiche with its multiple revelations in the closing chapters, but just pulls it off.
A quality novel from a very promising author.
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But a reasonable read. Although based in history it reads most of the time fairly neutral and could be pretty much based today. The end twists and turns a bit, but in all honesty is quite predictable. If you want mystery and surprises then much will disappoint, but you will get your reward at the end
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