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Children of the Plantation: A "Diana Rivers" Mystery (The Diana Rivers Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Faith Mortimer
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NB. Although the Diana Rivers mystery suspense murder novels are a 'series', they can be read in any order.

The Assassins’ Village #1 in Women Sleuths - an Awesome Indie novel
The Surgeon’s Blade #1 in Suspense & Psychological thrillers - an Awesome Indie novel
Children of the Plantation #2 in Suspense & Mystery.
Camera Action...Murder!
Childhunt! an Awesome Indie novel
A Deadly Learning - currently a bestseller

Children of the Plantation.
After discovering the truth surrounding the bloody murders in, "The Assassins' Village" feisty sleuth and heroine, Diana Rivers and her partner Steve, decide they deserve a holiday.

Relaxing at their luxurious palm fringed plantation hotel in lush, tropical Malaysia; things don't quite work out as they imagined. Diana is approached by the hotel owner, the enigmatic Miss Chalcot, well-bred, imperious and secretive, to take a look through some old family documents.

Miss Chalcot possesses a burning ambition to put right a dreadful wrong that occurred over sixty years ago - and Diana is given free rein to pursue the mysterious past of the family and discover what lies behind the dark stories.

Diana enters into a world of the 1950's and 1960's, where lies, deceit, illicit love, jealousies and...perhaps murder all feature. What really happened all those years ago? Who were Paul, Hermione and the beautiful but selfish Lady Eleanor? Who was responsible for events that shocked the whole family and plunged it into despair? And what is the real story behind the façade?
As Diana gets closer to the answer she realises she is herself in danger...

This is #2 in the Diana Rivers series.
Other books include;

Historical Romance & adventure:
The Seeds of Time (Book 1 in the Crossing series).
Harvest (Book 2 in the Crossing series).

Romance: (The Very Affair Series)
A Very French Affair
A Very English Affair
On Christmas Hill ~ A Seasonal Affair

Psychological Thriller 'Dark Minds' Series
On Devil's Brae
Behind a Twisted Smile (October 2014)

Sandstorm in my Heart
The Bamboo Mirror

Editorial Reviews


Once again Faith Mortimer has written an excellent novel & demonstrates how she knows how to capture the readers' imagination. Children of the Plantation will surprise & stun you! In interview, Mortimer revealed she has many books waiting to get out!

--"A Way to Stun and Surprise your readers," by Athena Karsera- The Cyprus Weekly

 "Faith Mortimer is a gifted writer who not only paints wonderfully descriptive word pictures of the characters and the surrounding environment but blends them into an intriguing story."
"Faith Mortimer picked an interesting and effective method to weave her story and unravel a compelling mystery."

From the Author

Children of The Plantation was a delight to write. After living in Malaya (now Malaysia) as a child I had  dreamed of writing about that exotic country and her people.
The subject matter is set during the 1950's and 1960's and the present and I spent some time researching events during those oft troubled times.
The main character, Alex, was a source of great research and some readers may find the ending hard to believe. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that such situations did and do exist. You only have to troll the history books and daily newspapers to find some stunning examples. I cannot disclose here exactly what I mean as I would spoil the book for future readers - however, rest-assured it is true!
Enjoy your book and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1774 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505219051
  • Publisher: Topsails Charter, Southampton (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NKBTR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story November 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose this book to read because of my relationship with Malaya which started with military service in the early 1950's and lapsed until I started to work in KL in 1991. The story covers this period and brought back many long forgotten memories.

Faith Mortimer is a gifted writer who not only paints wonderfully descriptive word pictures of the characters and the surrounding environment but blends them into an intriguing story. I particularly liked the way we could relate our own experiences of sibling rivalry and mysterious aunts with those of the characters who we learned to know so well. The story unfolds as Diana Rivers reads through the diaries of Miss Chalcot's mother Eleanor and we are left to wonder what is coming next. Like many readers I like to guess the next paragraph and try to jump ahead of the author. With this book I managed to outguess the author for only part of the way and the ending came as a complete surprise. Throughout the story I kept wondering about the real identity of Miss Chalcot and as I completed the reading I thought that she remained a complete mystery. However about ½hr later the answer came into my head and I realised that the clues were there throughout the story if only I had seen them.

This is a good book written to a very high standard without any bad language and everyone who likes mysteries would enjoy it. As for the wonderful descriptions, I had forgotten the vivid colours and the many exotic fruits so readily available in Malaysia, not only the mangosteen (the king of fruits) and rambutan mentioned in the book. When we were being introduced to the hotel, Kebun Pertama, and it's surroundings I swear that I could smell the atmosphere.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Fan of Faith Mortimer ! September 24, 2011
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I recently discovered Faith Mortimer on Facebook and I'm so glad I did. Children of the Plantation carried me to an exotic world. Diana Rivers is the perfect amateur detective. Slightly reluctant, a tad bit out of her element, and vulnerable by her pregnancy, she steps up to help the mysterious Miss Chalcot. The setting in Malaysia becomes a major player in the story. I've never been there and yet I find myself yearning to return to the lush tropical plantation hotel. BTW... the ending is a complete surprise. I love when that happens. Another reviewer mentioned Miss Marple. Diana Rivers brings that Miss Marple-touch plus her youth to this mesmerizing tale. I look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

And now to The Assassins' Village.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery set in lush surroundings March 4, 2014
By Ken
Format:Kindle Edition
Children of the Plantation is an unusual story, in that it is set in the present as well as flashes back to the 1950’s and 60’s.
Sleuth, Diana Rivers is set a challenge to uncover a mystery which has plagued the owner of the plantation house for years. By means of a number of diaries she unravels a tale of mystery and suspense, culminating in a discovery which is shocking as well as bizarre.

The story is well written, with a good pace, plus high peaks as Diana discovers each new part of the plot.

The novel is a mix of genre in some ways: historical, mystery, a rite of passage and as times literary.

I enjoyed the lush setting in Malaya, the descriptive prose of the hot steamy jungle and the life of a rubber planter, as well as being a great tale.

Highly recommended and like others in the Diana Rivers series worthy of a 5 star rating.

I believe there is a 6th book planned later this year.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable book from Faith September 17, 2011
By Beeshon
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read Faith's The Assassins' Village which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was very keen to acquaint myself with another work by her. This did not disappoint.

Diana (a prominent author and newly pregnant) and Steve go on holiday to Malaysia where Diana spent time as a child. The owner (Miss Chalcot) of the hotel in which they are staying, is an admirer of Diana's work and asks her if she would kindly sift through some diaries and papers to gather information on some particular family events that occurred in the 50s and 60s, in this very hotel, to write a book with a view to 'putting right' some questionable details. Diana however, has some innate sleuthing skills and uncovers more than Miss Chalcot expected.

The story is told mostly via the diaries. I do not know if Faith herself actually spent time in Malaysia - but her knowledge and/or research into this country's history of the last 60 or 70 years is impeccable and provides a well-informed backdrop to the story. The story is perfectly conceived and you are never ahead of Diana as she unfolds the mysteries of the wealthy Chalcot family. All the characters are well portrayed and very credible; there are teenagers with new and raw emotions, parents who are mismatched and distant, charismatic local members of the family's staff and Diana and Steve are an amiable, likeable couple whose affection for each other is evident without being 'schmaltzy'.

Faith is certainly making her mark as a 'mystery' writer and I see Diana becoming the next 'Miss Marple', with her congenial husband Steve as her sidekick!

Diana and Steve are two characters featured in The Assassins' Village - reading it is not a prerequisite; Children is not a sequel. It stands alone perfectly and is just as enjoyable.

Well done, Faith, you have delighted your readers once again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Super Great Author!
Excellent author! I have read three of Faith Mortimer's books. They are very well written. You are kept in suspense almost to the end and then you realize the person who did it... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lenora Laverty
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second in the Diane Rivers' series.

The picture she painted of Malaya made me want to jump on a plane and go there immediately. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jac Roche
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not into it
Published 7 months ago by Jeannine A.
5.0 out of 5 stars FAMILY SECRETS
Interesting format and a complex family tragedy. I believe this is the next series for me---light and entertaining with wonderful lead character.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect from the title
I've read this book twice and each time I'm amazed how life was being lived in Malaysia in the early twentieth century, especially the British. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
All of the Diana Rivers series of stories are stand-alone books which is just as well because I seem to have read the first three out of order. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Sally P. Stackhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
I absolutely loved this and became totally engrossed with story. (So much so, I put aside a Nick Hornby paperback to finish reading this on my kindle. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diana J Febry
3.0 out of 5 stars Children of the Plantation
I rated it a three because it really didn't keep my attention. It's not the fault of the author.
It just was not my type of book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting reading
The book was well written and had an interesting story line. It did have a little too much detail and description of the setting for the story.... Read more
Published on January 11, 2013 by Margaret I. Biro
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This was a very interesting book that had several different plot lines. I would read other books by this author.
Published on January 6, 2013 by satodg
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More About the Author

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 dreamt 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)

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What others are saying about Faith's books:

"What can I say about this book ? Unputdownable sounds like such a cliche, but it is the most apt description I can think of..."

"This book will have you at your wits end. One of the best books you will read this year, but beware of your blood pressure rising. The bad guy in this story will have you shouting at your kindle, my family think I am crazy..."

"A brilliant thriller, I loved it and would recommend it to readers who like to be scared out of their wits!.."

"Well Faith another brilliant book, once again, as with 'A Very French Affair' I couldn't put it down. What more can I say. Read it folk you will love it..."

"I have found a favorite new author. This is a great mystery series. Loved the characters and the settings for the books...!

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