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Many dream-only a few succeed.Faith has a significant following.. The Assassins' Village raced to the top on release..In interview, Mortimer revealed she had always played around with words..

--"A Way With Words" by Athena Karsera- The Cyprus Weekly --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Topsails Charter (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956931804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956931801
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,509,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this mystery is full of twists and motives from all kinds of suspects who coulda/woulda/shoulda killed the truly hateful victims. (i wanted to kill both of them too!) totally recommend this book.

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.
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I really enjoyed reading this book after I got past the first few chapters. At first the "players" were confusing to me because of the number of suspects and how the story jumped around. But as I started to sink my teeth into the underlying story, I could not put this book down. I thought it was a clever idea to use the theater opening to set up and maintain the tragedy behind the underlying story.

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.
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Faith Morimer's Assassin's Village is the kind of mystery I love to read, psychological and delving beneath mere motives to the twisted and eventful stories about people involved with a local murder. I kept looking at the cover because masks are employed throughout and that intensifies the mystery. The murder scene, because of the suave Leslie's many sordid offenses, is attended by discreet spectators. These and other affected neighbors are each portrayed with pasts that bring many of them to the small village in Cyprus. The individual stories are taken up and told to a present where the confrontations with other characters inhibit the truth. And that's where a character's mask takes over, meeting another mask so that the dialogue perplexes.

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.
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By all means, you must read this book to the end. I admit, I hesitated part way through, but am quite glad that I finished it. The characters are unique and the story takes a number of twists. You'll be surprised to see who the murderer is.
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The first few chapters were a little hard to grasp due to the introduction of so many characters, but as the story unfolded it held my interest until the very end. It kept me guessing until the very end trying to figure out 'whodunit!' I also loved the island setting for the book! Thank you Faith for a well crafted murder mystery.
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The Assassins' Village
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.
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