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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 (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Other Diana Rivers series books & history.

The Assassins’ Village #1 in Women Sleuths January 2012. #4 Movers & Shakers
The Surgeon’s Blade #1 in Suspense & Psychological thrillers March 2012 #1 Movers & shakers #3 The Sunday Times UK.
Children of the Plantation #6 in Suspense & Mystery. #10 Movers & Shakers 2012

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

Children of the Plantation. After discovering the truth surrounding the bloody murders in, "The Assassins' Village" (#1 Diana Rivers Mystery Suspense), our sexy, 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?

Will Diana triumph against all odds yet again?

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

#1 The Assassins’ Village. #3 The Surgeon’s Blade. #4 Camera Action…Murder!
AND NEW RELEASE #5 Childhunt

Faith also writes action/adventure/romantic suspense.

The Seeds of Time (Book 1 in the Crossing series).
Harvest (Book 2 in the Crossing series).

A Very French Affair ~ Romance set in beautiful Provence.


Editorial Reviews

Review

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.
FM

Product Details

  • File Size: 1941 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,646 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 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 1 month 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by vikingray
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 19 months ago 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 19 months ago by satodg
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased With The Results
I got this book one day while it was free, and it sat on my kindle for a while, since I barely have time to read. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonferfully Evocative
When I see the name Faith Mortimer on a book I know I'm in for a good read and with Children of the Plantation I was not let down. Read more
Published 21 months ago by eBook Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars What a "novel" idea!
Faith Mortimer picked an interesting and effective method to weave her story and unravel a compelling mystery. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Jackie Purple
1.0 out of 5 stars More of a novel than a mystery
This is not a Mystery. It's a novel about Malaysia, an unhappy couple, miserable children and the life on a plantation. Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by North
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More About the Author

Amazon Top #20 bestselling author, and #19 bestselling author on Nook Books. I am a British author dividing my time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 I have turned my hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, I dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which I read to my 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.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels, especially 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! and A Deadly Learning.

On Devil's Brae (New Dark Minds Thriller series)

I also write Romance:A Very French Affair (#1 in France), A Very English Affair, The Seeds of Times, Harvest and On Christmas Hill.

I love to hear from readers...your reviews & feedback are welcome! We writers need to know what you as readers enjoy. Please keep in touch by:

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