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The Woman from the Blue Lias (a murder mystery) [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Mitchell
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, M. R. James, Linwood Barclay, Umberto Eco, Charles Dickens and many more. Now's the time to discover D. M. Mitchell for yourself...

THE WOMAN FROM THE BLUE LIAS - a murder mystery and psychological thriller with a difference...

Toby Turner didn’t expect to stumble upon the remains of a human skeleton, washed down from the cliff top by a recent landslip.

He runs a small bookshop in the quiet seaside town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. His life’s not quite on track; his bookshop’s not doing too well, for one thing, and he’s not sure his relationship with his girlfriend-cum-fiancé Trisha is going anywhere either – at least, nowhere she would like it to go.

Toby takes a walk along the Blue Lias cliffs on Monmouth Beach to think things through, and here he finds the body of a woman; a woman, it transpires, who was murdered in 1978.

The gruesome discovery and the resulting media attention he receives would have been hard enough to cope with, but he soon suspects the woman who keeps coming into his shop is the woman from the Blue Lias, that he is being haunted by the very woman he found on the beach.

What’s more, he finds himself falling for her, eventually feeling he is unable to live without her. Is she real, or is he imagining things? His strange obsession starts to have a negative effect on his life and his health, which begins to deteriorate.

He decides to try and solve the mystery of her death and why she chose him, of all people, hoping by discovering what happened to her all those years ago they can both find peace. And so begins Toby Turner’s bizarre journey of discovery that will lead him into very dark and dangerous territory.

His search leads him to a hotel that used to stand high on the cliff, lost to a landslide in the 1980s, and to an old musician called Steely Jacobs who appears to be linked to the dead woman. But events take an unexpectedly disturbing contemporary turn when Toby discovers his best friend Mark has been secretly amassing information on a number of missing young women going back a decade or more.

He learns about Mark’s secret past and how he'd been implicated in the murder of his teenage girlfriend. Is this tragic death connected to the list of missing young women he's made? And what has their disappearance got to do with the body Toby discovered on the beach, a woman murdered thirty-five years ago? How is all this connected to the mysterious hotel called the Belle Vue, long ago collapsed into the sea, and the aged guitarist called Steely Jacobs?

Not only has he uncovered a body, Toby Turner had inadvertently scuffed away the thin covering of dirt from dark, long-held secrets that will lead him into a corrupt world of vice and murder. His life will never be the same again.

D. M. Mitchell pens yet another taut psychological thriller complete with supernatural chills, peopled with an array of larger-than-life characters, deliciously devious twists and turns, with every seemingly disparate thread coming neatly together in a trademark surprise ending that will leave you speechless…

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  • File Size: 4901 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing (July 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but... November 19, 2013
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Not the first D M Mitchell book I've read (and I own several more). Thus far I find he generally writes well with a few hiccups as to grammar. With this book in particular I found that the story of murder and ghosts drew me in and that it kept at a brisk pace most especially where it peaked for me 80% in. However, I have to echo another reviewer's sentiment that the final few pages (not so much chapters but the epilogue) kind of let me down. Otherwise, it was an entertaining enough read. Gonna leave you with a few of my favorite lines from the book:

1) All those electronic readers should be set fire to or very soon real books would be dead and gone.
2) My cold, dead Madeline.
3) So would she prefer love and limbo to death and eternal peace?

Last few pages not withstanding, I still look forward to reading more of D M Mitchell's works!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Lias January 15, 2014
By nown
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I gave this 3 stars. ...only because paranormal novels are not what I enjoy reading and I didn't realize this was part of the novel. I did finish it and applaud the author for keeping my interest although it was not what I usually read. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy this genre.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointing August 1, 2013
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The book started out very well and interesting but in the last several chapters, it seemed the author just wanted to hurry up and finish the book and the ending was a little blah for me.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The story line never seems to begin. April 22, 2014
By Mags
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Written in the first person about finding a body of a female who has been murdered, the author rambles on using lengthy paragraphs of meaningless prose before arriving on some bones near a sea wall. If, after reading 20% of a novel, one is bored, unable to identify with any characters, finds the style of writing immature and dull, there is only one thing to do… look for another author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy murder mysteries February 20, 2014
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This book was very well written and left you wondering who the killer was until the end. The only thing was that the story went on and on for a while and the it felt like the author run out of steam and ended quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected twists January 20, 2014
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A little slow at first, but then I couldn't put it down. I would have liked a little more of what happened after
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent January 16, 2014
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A page turner I couldn't put it down , I will read more of d.m. Mitchell I highly recommend this good read
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Letdown May 17, 2014
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I agree with other reviewers that the end of this novel was rushed and somewhat predictable. I've read a number of books by this author and have really enjoyed them, so I hope this is just a one off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the book.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn LeRoux
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Once you got into it, it was very interesting
Published 2 months ago by Billie L. Popkoff
5.0 out of 5 stars The woman from the blue lias
A well written murder mystery, with a hint of the para normal. Good descriptions of the Dorset coast with credible characters. It keeps you guessing to the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
The story was descriptive and easy to follow. I liked the way the main character, Toby, told the tale. It drew me in.
Published 4 months ago by Laurie D..
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite page turner
I found this book to be very intriguing. The characters were interesting and the plot line had twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Read more
Published 5 months ago by darcey nawrocki
4.0 out of 5 stars A plot hard to figure out
If you like stories with twisting and changing plots this books is for you. I never did completely understand it until the very end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wanda Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Is It Really a Ghost
An unusual murder mystery woven with paranormal events like a Ghost the main character falls in love with. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Claudette Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and quirky book
Great characters, and wonderful atmosphere. I enjoyed the twists and turns. The plot tied together nicely, with some nice surprises at the end.
Published 7 months ago by BILLIE GREENE
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns
Mr. Mitchell you have done it again. Your books are great fun. Just when I know the direction your stories are going, you throw a curveball and off we go. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
A bit different storyline. Enjoyed it very much, couldn't put it down. Definitely will look for more from this author
Published 7 months ago by charmingly3577
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D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...

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