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When The Clocks Stopped: Legal Mystery Timeslip Thriller spiced with history and a twist of the supernatural (Mysterious Marsh Book 1) by [Eaton, M L]
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When The Clocks Stopped: Legal Mystery Timeslip Thriller spiced with history and a twist of the supernatural (Mysterious Marsh Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Mysterious Marsh (3 Book Series)

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... Author Marion Eaton has created a resourceful solicitor hero who is equally cool in different epochs. Hazel Dawkins inhabits two menacing worlds in Marion Eaton's edgy supernatural thriller. ... Nicholas Goodman Law society Gazette. We are proud to announce that WHEN THE CLOCKS STOPPED by M.L. Eaton is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money! A highly enjoyable legal mystery suspense - clear proof that the UK has writers in this field who can take on and match John Grisham. Looking forward to the next one! ... D Cooper ... When the Clocks Stopped is an intriguing multi-layered mystery told in an energetic style... Virginia King. Author of the Selkie Moon Mysteries Very easy to read, one of those books you can't put down. It's well written with really believable characters. Mark A Bowman A brilliant plot and a compulsive read I loved it and enjoyed the style immensely could not put it down. Lesley Hatton. Brilliant story. You can really get your teeth into this story. Plot twists and turns. I am going to have to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything. For a first book, this is truly excellent. Jacey Burns This is a very well written book, it is a real treat to read something where the English language is used so beautifully. I am lucky enough to live on the edge of Romney Marsh and know the area well, this book really captures the atmosphere of the Marsh, both in the recent past and of longer ago. Once you start reading it is difficult to put down, it is a jolly good, well researched book, what more could you want, I thoroughly recommend it. Edna Harrison. Pleasure to read. Young mother to plans to put her legal career on hold to be a full time mother when the local bank manager persuades her to take few clients on her own account. Her new clients have an interesting connections to local smuggling traditions and there are also some time slips. Delightful blend of mystery and suspense with a good sense of place. Not only a good read but excellent descriptive writing. Paul Cheeseman A lighthearted, slightly bonkers, but fun read with likeable characters and loved the dog too! Great holiday, train or plane read. Miss Potter An intriguing storyline with unusual twists and turns including useful explanation of legal terminology. A very good read, highly recommended. Valerie Dennison A very good read. Excellent storyline, incorporating law and local history. Two stories within one book! I would thoroughly recommend this book and I eagerly await the next book in the series. Debbie Chivers An excellent first novel. I read it from cover to cover in a day as I couldn't put it down. The book moves seamlessly between 1970's Romney Marsh to a time when fear reigned and smugglers ruled the area. Angela Harper This book is a joy to read thanks to the compelling story-telling and the delightful use of language. I felt thoroughly caught up in the lives of the protagonists and hope to meet some of them again in future books. Extremely evocative and totally charming. Nimweh This is good fun to read. It is an exciting whodunit and historical novel all rolled into one. The historical character, Annie, and the present-day character, Hazel, are both women who have chosen to work in occupations previously reserved for men only. They are spirited, independent women, but this is balanced by their passionate relationships with the men they love. Their stories mirror one another, despite the two hundred year gap between them, and highlights that situations recur down through the centuries, producing similar challenges for those involved. The historical part of the story has been meticulously researched and is fascinating in its own right. The book is filled with twists and turns and the reader is left guessing right up to the fast-paced, suspense-filled, ending. I would definitely recommend this book. Mr J A C Coote.

About the Author

M L Eaton (aka Marion Eaton) is a retired lawyer, a complementary health practitioner - and now an author who enjoys writing cross-genre. Marion lives in the beautiful East Sussex countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the sea and to the 'Mysterious Marsh'. She has the company of a very understanding husband and a very lazy dog. When not writing, walking, talking or cooking, she can be found hidden somewhere in the depths of her large untidy garden.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4166 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495931196
  • Publisher: Touchworks Limited; 1 edition (7 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTV52PK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When the Clocks Stopped is an intriguing multi-layered mystery told in an energetic style. We're plunged immediately in the dark past of Romney Marsh, where smuggling was a way of life, of very survival. Then we're flipped into the 1970s and the fortunes of young lawyer, Hazel Dawkins. The modern mystery that Hazel investigates – almost reluctantly only days before the birth to her first child – has resonances with the history of her new home, as it collides with those of Annie several centuries earlier. There are reasons for their mystical connection which are revealed like a series of puzzle pieces. The time-slip episodes are beautifully told and the narrative flips between the two interwoven stories with a dramatic change of style. The plot carries its own truth and the characterisation is strong and real. I found myself wondering if Hazel’s story had links to the author’s own and at the same time I felt an unexpected empathy for Annie’s plight. This is a rollicking read with depth, peppered with quirky characterisation to explore several social issues. I’ve given it four stars because the resolution of the mystery was overtaken by the dramatic arrival of Hazel’s baby and was tied up a little abruptly for me. But the plot twists continue right to the end, even as Hazel is thinking it's all done and dusted. She's an endearing and courageous woman, who readers will want to follow on further investigations into the "Mysterious Marsh".
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There is a good story here, and the writing is also good, but this book irritated me (sorry).

My main criticism is the description of being pregnant, which is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Every other sentence beats into you another reminder that the main character is pregnant. Not only that, but she is carrying the most hyperactive and intuitive foetus ever. Babies do not move constantly in a womb, and near term (where the story is set) their movement is restricted by lack of room. How the baby manages to kick it's mother in the chin of all places is just laughable. The baby also reacts to every single conversation and event it's mother is involved in - which is just truly ridiculous. By halfway through the book the pregnancy paragraphs were really, really irritating me to the extent I was shouting 'no, no, no!'.

Once the baby is born more absurdities abound, as it can already see with perfect clarity and show looks of puzzlement after just 12 hours of meeting the world.

My other reason for just 3 stars is the amount of unnecessary depth the author goes into with Will writing and conveyancing. Most of the chapters could be shortened considerably if all the legal information was culled. If I wanted to know about legal matters to any extent I would read a text focusing on legal matters!

However having said all of that there is an intriguing story here set in two different time periods, which the author does convey in an easily readable and entertaining manner.
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Hazel is pregnant and looking forward to being a stay-at-home mum, but is talked into helping out persuasive bank manager Mr Stone as a Will solicitor. Some of her clients need more help than just a will and Hazel finds herself drawn into a mystery that is centuries old.

The narrative moves back and forth between the 1970s and two centuries earlier, where we encounter Annie and her desperate struggles against smugglers that were rife in Romney Marsh at that time.

There is a good story told here and at times it is well written. The historical chapters are very well researched and interesting. but I do feel that there are two problems; the first is an editing one. There are huge swathes of text that are surplus to requirements. A prime example is chapter 12, where we are treated to Hazel stressing because she keeps on making a mistake on a will, then the typewriter keeps creasing the paper – for the whole chapter. It needs cutting. Then there is Mr & Mrs White, Hazel’s first clients: extraneous characters.

The other problem is telling; to such an extent at one point that it totally gave the game away with one character. I have no idea why the author did it but the book would have been much better served with a little subtlety.

Having said that, the story is engaging and the two different timelines work well with each other. I liked the characters of Hazel and her husband Bruce and their easy humour with each other.
***

Many thanks to the author for sending me a copy.
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I am a sucker for 'timeslip' stories with an element of the 'supernatural' so Marion's book certainly did not disappoint! As I have observed from other aspects of Marion's work, she has a real talent for telling a compelling story with a serious side to it, in this case, the legal practice she starts to set up while awaiting the birth of her first child. The setting in the Romney Marsh area of south-east England setting is both atmospheric and somehow familiar, even though I have only visited it once. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.
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You can really get your teeth into this story. Flog twists and turns. I am going to have to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything. For a first book, this is truly excellent. Well done.
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