Book Of The Day – The Assassins Village

by Greg on July 21, 2011

Today’s Book Of The Day is another highly rated book. The Assassins’ Village by Faith Mortimer has an outstanding 4.7 star rating and costs only $2.99!

“This book is brilliant! Skillfully written and completely held my attention throughout. If you don’t buy a copy of The Assassins Village, then you’re missing out big time.” – Alice T. – Amazon Reviewer



The Assassins’ Village
by Faith Mortimer
Rating: 4.7 Stars
Category: Mystery/Thriller
Price: $2.99

 

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Bound and gagged, the shocked and terrified victim recognises his assailant. Days later, another body is discovered. How many assassins stalk the village?

In a picturesque Cypriot village an expatriate theatrical group gather to discuss their next play; but when the curtain rises it’ll be murder.
A blackmailer stalks the cast – a group riven with jealousies, rivalry, sexual tension and illicit affairs.

Unbeknown to each other they all attempt to find solutions to their problems. Some believe it lies in murder. Can they find the blackmailer? And can they find that all important ‘little black book’ – the chronicle of their misdeeds.

When a body is discovered, Diana, a cast member, turns detective to draw up a suspects list. After the police get involved one of the suspects is found hanged – another murder or the suicide of a guilty person?

A visit to a villager’s home uncovers an ancient assassin’s weapon. Could this be the murder weapon? Is it possible that an assassin lives at the heart of this formerly peaceful and idyllic village?

Love, hate, murder and high drama all feature in this classic historical detective story. With a long list of suspects, some dramatic twists and the odd red herring, the reader is left guessing until the final curtain falls.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Having thoroughly enjoyed Faith Mortimer’s first book ‘The Crossing’ I was excited when her second book was published. The Assassins Village is even better than the first, a classic whodunnit that kept me guessing until the end. Brilliant!

*******

Faith Mortimer writes extremely well, and knows how to plot a good story. Good characters; who are gradually introduced into the grand scheme of things, and an interesting setting (Cyprus) in the present and an amazing flashback to the 1970’s. The skilful weaving between the suspects and the crime left me desperate to find out ‘just whodunnit’!

This book is brilliant! Skillfully written and completely held my attention throughout. If you don’t buy a copy of The Assassins Village, then you’re missing out big time.

*******

The book is quite impeccably researched, and the bringing in of a political element raises the calibre of the story immensely. I found the setting evocative; and the characterisation strong, fresh and second to none.

A superb book, written by an author who must surely be a real find!

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About The Author


Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and was educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. She qualified as a Registered nurse and after some years changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies.

She is happily married to Chris and together they have four children. Once the children began to attend University, Faith decided to join them in reading for a Science degree. Faith obtained her Honours Science degree with The Open University in 2005 and says that the dedication and stamina needed to sit for a degree gave her the confidence to finish writing her first novel. She achieved this and January 2009 saw the publication of The Crossing. This novel is based on a true incident and Faith thoroughly enjoyed the six months or so research that went into the book and the later 18 months writing and editing.

The Crossing is available in paperback and Kindle format on Amazon.

In 2010 Faith finished writing her second novel; a murder mystery set in the Troodos mountains of Cyprus where Faith spends the majority of her time.

This 93,000 word novel was posted on the Harper Collins/Authonomy site and out of over 8000 books was chosen in November 2010 to be the Number 1 book! You can read the review here.

Harper Collins Review for The Assassins’ Village

‘The Assassin’s Village’ is a traditional murder mystery, set in Cyprus. It centres on the brutal murder of Mr Leslie, an expatriate whose Lothario ways, military past and cavalier demeanour have earned him no shortage of enemies among the villagers. It is a novel written very much in the style of Agatha Christie: a classic who-done-it, in a small, gossiping, rural village. The prose is brought up-to-date with the fairly explicit themes of sexual liberation and exploitation.

As a thrilling read, ‘The Assassin’s Village’ certainly fits the bill. I flew through the first 19 chapters. The prose is easy to follow, and dramatic in duly regular intervals.

I was particularly engaged by the different perceptions of Mr Leslie. We are already interested in the character, knowing from the prologue that he is to be our victim, and the author cleverly throws our judgment of him with every new perspective. Particularly endearing is the relationship between Antigone and Mr Leslie. Indeed, the sequence of chapter seven, where Antigone watches her brother hunting, is by far the strongest in the novel so far. It illustrates all of the strengths of the writing, the prose is obviously impeccably researched, and brings in a political element that raises the calibre of the story; the setting is evocative; and the characterisation is strong and feels fresh…

…I should say that, I really like the way you subverted normal linear chronology to lay out the events. It is, clear that you are capable of presenting the clues very well, and I particularly liked the way you used Diana’s sketching to map out the facts and unlock the possibilities.

From here I would consider the relevance of everything in the plot. There are many motifs centred on the play Macbeth – the suggestions of occult activities, the play being put on by the villagers, the quotes prefacing each chapter, the relationship between Antigone and Mr Leslie, and Mr Leslie’s endearing side in general, the political history, and the parallels of Diana’s writing to the unfolding of the broader plot are all strong – these are all interesting themes…

… overall, there is a lot to commend in this manuscript.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Faith Mortimer and ENT appreciate it.

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