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The Assassins' Village Paperback – June 8, 2011
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--"A Way With Words" by Athena Karsera- The Cyprus Weekly --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
the author has been compared to Agatha Christie. But I disagree. Christie's characters are 'true' - as are Mortimer's. But Mortimer colors her characters more deeply, provides more background and backstory. Her narrative contains subtle psychological nuances. When you're done with the story, she's pretty much told you everything you need to know - if only you'd read the signs more careful.
diana and steve are a charming investigative couple.
I love a good mystery that keeps you guessing, and that was the case for me in this book. It was complex enough that every time I thought I had everything figured out, there would be another twist or revelation. I look forward to reading the author's next mystery.
This is the stage that the newcomer, Diana, attempts to penetrate as she struggles to write a novel. Although the rehearsals of MacBeth are stalled amongst the British ex-patriotics, the role of Lady MacBeth might be stealthily executed by one of four women. That, while Mediterranean and other male vendettas creep into play.
The history of the British on Cyprus extends this mystery, meting out their relationships with the local Cypriots. All of the characters are fascinating; their habits and quirks in this setting held me rapt. I was reminded of Doris Lessing and Muriel Sparks' stories about ex-patriot British people in Africa.
Assassin's Village begins as mystery but halfway through, it becomes a tangle of tragedy, mounting until it has revealed the inner grief of the woman most damaged. Throughout, the scenes and the characters are held in lively balance, keeping tragedy underneath and delighting the reader's senses.
Author: Faith Mortimer
Reviewer: R. Murry
Ms. Mortimer's novel starts you off with a zinger that holds your attention until the last `t' is crossed and the last `i' is dotted in the final chapter. And even then, you're not certain as to if the mystery is solved. Agatha Christie novels kept me on the edge, as this well written "Who done it?" tale. A little Macbeth is appropriately used as the "Lead in" on each chapter. Who could ask for anything more? Well, this mystery makes you think - Is it him? Or, is it her?
Our sleuth, named Diana, is a foreigner living in a small village on the island of Cyprus where everyone knows everyone. The reality is that the villagers don't have a clue as to what their neighbors' rumored backgrounds are. They only surmise as to what is real or not. One relocated Englishman is murdered and everyone is suspect except the ones who were at the restaurant with Diana and her husband Steven - of course.
Diana, a writer, lists all that could have committed the crime. Its Ms. Mortimer's prose that paints a vivid character picture of these would be murders. This is all portrayed in the colorful scenery of a beautiful island. It would seem that any of her finely developed characters on the list could have done the deed, because Leslie, the victim, has negatively commingled with many of them.
What is the instrument of the murder? This is what the reader my pick up on, but I do not think that will happen until the end of this book. It's when Diana learns the truth about one of the characters. This is my kind of mystery - you think you know who did it, but you don't until the end.
If you're like me, this gem of a book will grab you and you will want to read another of Faith Mortimer's novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the opening Shakespeare quotes and through the book and I loved the time sequence of the storyPublished 1 month ago by douglas b sandler
Interesting and enjoyable with as many suspects as anything Agatha Christie ever wrote. I will be reading more by this author.Published 5 months ago by Sheila
Another great read from Faith - I feel I know the village & intend at the first opportunity to visit to see how it stacks up but know I will not be disappointedPublished 12 months ago by Carol Mina
From the start, there is an intriguing foreshadowing of what is effectively an assassination, put on hold while the perspective for the killing is built and the character of Alicia... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J Whitehead
A very unusual, intriguing book with a distinctive style. If you enjoy working out the identity of a murderer amongst a group of eccentric characters with motive and opportunity,... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Maria
Although it started as a slow read with many characters to remember, it got better and better, and reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Cheryl Rein
I should have know but from the title but it was just too graphic and frightening for me!!! Normally I like scary books but not this much!Published on December 14, 2013 by Patch