I wanted a good book to read while on holiday. A book that would capture my imagination and hold my interest. I certainly found that in ‘The Mystery of Matthew Gold’ by Chick Yuill. The story spans the life of the main character from his humble and traumatic birth to his last days. Matthew was inflicted with a stammer from infancy and it affected him all his life. He became a lonely soul and suffered much rejection. However although his speech was impaired he found he had a gift for the written word and achieved almost celebrity status through writing detective fiction. There are many twists and turns in the story and as it unfolded it evoked in me certain feelings and emotions concerning Matthew. Firstly I felt sadness at the plight of this boy which then turned to relief and hope as his situation improved. This didn’t last long however and his disillusion with his life at this stage caused me to feel impatient and disappointed. (With him, not the book!) There came a time when he almost reached happiness through new friendships, but it was cruelly snatched from him. He became a recluse in later life but as the mystery unfolded the feelings I experienced were of gladness and joy. The story is compelling and easy to read and contains themes that many people experience in their lives. The book describes hope over adversity and joy and fulfilment in finding self worth. To understand the mystery you will need to read the book for yourself!