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Two Graves (A Kesle City Homicide Novel) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maaaddy Enterprises Inc. (March 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DL08A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Derek Graystone was born in Rivers, Manitoba, Canada. After a brief stay there and in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, Derek has spent the majority of his life in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature in 1984.

Derek has had a varied career including jewellery store manager, warehouse manager for an ice cream distributor, manager of a gas station, and the finance and systems manager for a children's charity. In 2002, Derek quit his day job and started his own office automation and Internet presence company and a relaxation massage business with his wife. Derek is also a Reiki Master as well as having a successful online Wiccan business.

Derek's first book, The Schliemann Legacy, is a spy thriller involving Nazis, terrorists and the hunt for the treasures of Troy.

Derek followed up with Two Graves, a crime novel about a serial killer who is killing look-alikes of the people who bullied and terrorized him in his youth. Derek is planning to release the next in the Kesle PD series called Too Many Graves which will appear in the summer of 2012.

In October of 2013, Derek published the first book in the Witches of Aquarius series: Breath of Life.

Currently, Derek is working on the second novel in the Witches of Aquarius series; Brother Love will be released in 2015 followed by a sequel to Two Graves.

Derek lives with his wife Yvette in their home in Delaware Ontario where he and Yvette own a Private School, Riverbend Academy. Derek is also the father of four girls and one boy and has four granddaughters with another grandchild on the way.

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Van Zyl on September 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
From the very first word, I was intrigued. I caught myself not blinking for fear of missing something. Two Graves is excellently written and keeps one on one's toes.
Throughout the novel the characters are developed in such a way that the reader can identify with each character, including the killer. The author includes enough detail to paint a vivid picture, but does not bombard his reader and the crime scenes are excellently described, as if the reader is there. This novel contains an intricate plot, with interwined characters, seemingly innocent coincidences and twists and turns where one least expects it, and it is exactly this that makes it such a good read. Two Graves is a fast-paced thriller, touching on many taboos in society, the cruelty of people and the effects thereof. It forces us to think the unthinkable, to face the nightmare, and we get to choose whose side we're on. Not for the feint hearted.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on February 12, 2012
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The memories of being bullied would not always fade away. Some people may nourish their rage and frustration until they snap. Such was the case with Preston Peterson and his warpath of revenge is chilling and breathtaking.

Reading this well-written novel, I felt like watching a good movie/thriller, horrified but unable to stop. I just HAD to find out what will happen and the tension kept mounting. I'm not into detective novels, but this one gripped me so firmly, I knew I was hooked from the very beginning. The well developed characters, their diversity and depth, the delightfully flowing language, the rich descriptions, all of those did the trick, keeping me on my toes up to the very end of this story.

They say `When you set out on revenge, dig two graves.' Well, I'm afraid in this particular book two would be definitely not enough.

A highly recommended read!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader and pet lover on February 16, 2012
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I really enjoyed Derek Graystone's book `Two Graves'. It's a complex read and I mean that in the greatest sense of the term. It is not a read you will get bored with, or lost in. It pulled me so far in, that I had real difficulty putting it down. If it weren't for taking care of my daughter, I probably wouldn't have. That's not all that common for me. It was a fascinating depiction of the mind of a killer, with solid writing that moved me swiftly through the pages. This is a clean read. If you ever wanted to step into the head of a real psycho, and also follow alongside the corruption of... (oops, sorry, no spoilers). Bottom line is, I highly recommend Two Graves. If you like psychological thrillers, YOU WANT THIS BOOK! It's the wet dream for Crime Drama readers as well. Great stuff! I will be following Derek Graystone's books.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M-M on February 24, 2012
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Not sure that having two storylines run side by side worked very well for this book. The serial killer story was so descriptive, well thought out and realistic that I as a reader could almost see him shuffle down the road looking at his feet. The second storyline was underdeveloped and was almost inconspicuous in comparison. I think the story would have been stronger if the writer had concentrated more on the serial killer. I also really liked the scenes with the witness who finally brings the police a definitive lead. The way that was written and described was right on the button and introspective. For me it was a mixed bag of toffees. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terre Johnson on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
CAUTION: This review contains spoilers.

If you are looking for a more complex mystery/crime drama, this is your book.

From the very beginning, readers are swept into the action and yet not spared good writing: intense imagery, developed characters, and a gritty, reality-driven plot line.

Graystone's characterizations ring truer than the old detective noir novels I grew up loving, and his imagery was every bit as rich. I love a good mystery and this was it. I especially liked Mann and Dani. I am heartened to learn that Graystone is working on a sequel to this, called Too Many Graves, due out in 2012. I will definitely be reading that.

Having said that, I was slightly disappointed with the overall development of some of the antagonists in the novel. The primary "villian," Preston Peterson, starts out as a complex character but in the end becomes more of a device of his role, and his motivations never become more complex. He is developed as a realized character. Yet I would expect a realized character to take more care than to just kill lookalikes. The idea he was somehow cleansing the world was a bit overwrought in my mind with the original development of the character. The other antagonists, Flem and Angelino, were not as developed and yet the last 20% of the novel was spent resolving their connection and existence. Flem appears two or three times and only once is Angelino actually introduced as anything more than a reference.

Yet overall, I enjoyed this book. The plot was not guessable, the twists not predicted, and this is a necessity for a good mystery, in my opinion. Rather than have simplistic heroes and foils, Graystone spent time developing his characters and depicting their histories and personalities. Many lesser mysteries do not do the reader this justice.

Well done, Mr Graystone.
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