Book Review-The Assassins' Village: (The Diana Rivers Mysteries Book 1)-Faith Mortimer | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The Assassins' Village: (The Diana Rivers Mysteries Book 1)-Faith Mortimer

Monday, July 17, 2017

For those of us who don't remember Shakespeare's Macbeth--here are the Sparknotes (free to read) and just in case I just had to look up Antigone as well (here are the Sparknotes (free to read). Although I did read both of these many times growing up--I simply could not remember. At the start of each chapter is a quote from Macbeth--and one of the main characters was named Antigone--for very good reason as it turns out!

This novel set in a very small village in Cyprus where time has stood still. Men still lorded it over the women and could beat them, etc at will. Most of the young people had left this village for larger towns and it was now occupied mostly by ex-patriots (of Britain) and Cyprians. As with any small village secrets were rampant as well as gossips and nosy bodies!

When a much hated man was found murdered by Diana Rivers and her husband--they become embroiled in trying to figure out who really did it--then another is found-an apparent suicide. The twists and turns will keep you guessing--the ending will astound you! The surrounding country side is described so that you will feel that you are there.

This is not the first Diana Rivers mystery I have read (see below for links to those I have read). I have also read others in her Dark Minds series. I absolutely love this author and highly suggest you start reading one or more of her books NOW!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

The Assassins’ Village #1 in Women Sleuths - an Awesome Indie novel #1Noir, #1 Crime #2Vigilante Justice #5Series
The Surgeon’s Blade #1 in Suspense & Psychological thrillers - an Awesome Indie novel (click to read my review)
Children of the Plantation #2 in Suspense & Mystery.
Camera Action...Murder!
Childhunt! an Awesome Indie novel
A Deadly Learning
A Brutal Trade (Click to Read my review)

“The Assassins’ Village”introduces, Diana Rivers, writer, sometime actor and amateur sleuth. NB. Although the Diana Rivers mystery suspense murder novels are a 'series', they can be read in any order.

When an expatriate theatrical group gather to discuss their next play there will be murder. A blackmailer stalks their picturesque Cypriot village. The group is 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.

A body is discovered and Diana turns detective to draw up a suspects list. After the police get involved one of the suspects is found hanged – is this another murder or suicide? Was he indeed hanged? A visit to a villager’s home uncovers an ancient assassin’s device. Could this be the murder weapon? Is it possible that an assassin lives at the heart of this formerly peaceful and idyllic mountain 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. (Approx 93,000 words).

Read a Chapter or Two Here

Purchase the Book Here

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Amazon Top #14 author rank for mystery, #27 mystery, thriller & suspense, #55 literature & fiction #5 bestselling author on Nook Books. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.

Faith is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she turned her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, she dreamed of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which she read to her sisters. Born in Manchester & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.

*Please note: all books are written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK and appropriate for the setting.

Top selling novels include the Diana Rivers Mystery Suspense Series: The Assassins' Village (#1 Harpers Collins/Authonomy), Children of the Plantation, The Surgeon's Blade, Camera Action Murder, Childhunt! & A Deadly Learning.

On Devil's Brae & Behind a Twisted Smile (Dark Minds Psychological Thriller series)

Faith also write Romance: A Very French Affair (#1 in France), A Very English Affair, The Seeds of Times, Harvest, On Christmas Hill & Not Just For Christmas. (The Affair Series)

Author's Website and Blog

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Gladys Parker said...

Sounds very interest. I want to know why Antigone was given that name, who murdered the hated man and mostly was the suicide really a suicide? I can't stand how men treated women, shoot some still do.

Jacqui Odell said...

Sounds like an interesting book with lots of twists and turns.

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