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The Bridgeman (An Emily Taylor Mystery Book 1) by [Astolfo, Catherine]
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In The Bridgeman, Astolfo throws opens the door of her idyllic setting into a world of darkness, depravity, and danger. Her safe haven turned inside out, Emily Taylor bravely untangles a web of lies and unthinkable acts of degeneracy. Threatening her own closely held secrets, the charming teacher dares to push boundaries of personal safety to right dreadful wrongs. After reading The Bridgeman, you'll want to go home, lock the doors, and hug your pet.   
- Anthony Bidulka, Author of The Russell Quant Mysteries

From the Author

The devil inspired me to write The Bridgeman. Not literally, I hope, but more in the sense that I am intrigued by evil people. I am attracted to the reasons behind their darkness. As an old song says, evil grows in the dark...or does it? I think truly wicked people walk among us, aliens with human faces. Their lack of empathy, twisted ideas, and desire to hurt absolutely make me want to dig around and find out why.
 
Instead of becoming a police officer or a detective (since I'm a physical coward), I became a mystery/crime writer. I look for evil everywhere and luckily, there is lots of it around. In the newspapers, on television, from word-of-mouth, and let's not forget, urban legends.
 
The Bridgeman began as a character sketch. On a drive through a little town in Ontario, I was stopped at a drawbridge, where I noticed the lockmaster going about his business in a very ordinary way, barely noticed, red-checkered jacket, plain face, every day, slow habits and movements. And I thought: what could this almost invisible person be hiding? What dark secrets might lie beneath the banality of his existence?
 
At the same time, my niece had acquired a job as a veterinarian's assistant. Her tales of the puppy and kitten mills and their victims gave me an idea for the secret my ordinary bridgeman might suppress.
 
So began the Emily Taylor Mysteries. At first, Emily Taylor, the local school principal, was a vehicle for the bridgeman character sketch, and later, for Victim's premise (Book Two).  By Book Three, Legacy, Emily had asserted a strong voice of her own and had become more the centre of the series than the carrier.
 
In the last few months, I have happily been adapted Emily for the new world of eBooks. She loves our publisher, Imajin Books, and has been blossoming under their tutelage. Despite being media shy, she even appears in the trailers!

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  • File Size: 963 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (October 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z5IM28
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Emily Taylor is an elementary school principal in a small town. Nothing ever happens in Burchill. Most assuredly, there's never been a violent crime. All that is about to change-forever.
After arriving as usual for school, Emily discovers their soft spoken maintenance man, Nate, dead at the bottom of the stairs. Nate's been shot. Being that nothing even close to this has ever happened here, the sheriff's department has to call in `big city' police to give them advice. Everyone is dumfounded.
Known as the Bridgeman because of a longstanding tradition in the town, Nate's role extended beyond caretaker of the school to being a counselor & confidant. Injured animals were brought to him in droves for refuge & care. Who would want to kill a man like that?
Despite her own fears, Emily knows she must help find the murderer. There are people she has concerns about, such as Nate's parents, but nothing substantial. As her investigation continues, new revelations come to light. Was Nate really the man they all thought he was? How many skeletons exist in this town's closet? Emily must put herself at risk to return the town to its quiet existence & bring a murder to justice.
As the book began, it certainly was intriguing. From a plot standpoint, it was tremendous. Small town atmosphere & an unlikely victim made it unique. Emily will make a great heroine for the series should the author continue.
One word of caution: the revelations about certain characters' fetishes & their sexual practices are quite graphic. Honestly, it caught me off guard. Also, the description of abuse the animals endured was a bit much. I don't wish to detract from the author's vision or talents, but I believe these descriptions could've been left out. With or without them, the plot could've stood strong.
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By DIL on January 31, 2012
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I have to say that Catherine Astolfo is my favorite mystery author ever! I find it hard to find mysteries out there that combine both intriguing story lines and twists and turns that aren't expected with amazing characters and subplots that keep you hooked. Mrs. Astolfo delivers on it all. I've read every single book of her series and can't wait for more. Her prose is gorgeous and seamless and her stories are fascinating, deep and beautifully integrated and her characters are so well developed and real that you miss them when you put the book down... if you can. ;o) Check these books out, they really do rock!
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I enjoyed it enough to finish it but I wouldn't seek out another right away. I found the plot far fetched and hard to follow with the characters' roles interchanging. The author alludes to "things" that seem to have a connection to the main plot but leaves those "things" a mystery as well. I loved that it was free, though. Thanks, Amazon!
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The Bridgeman is set in rural, small town Canada, a perfect place for Emily and Will/Langford Taylor to start their new life. Right up until she finds the body of the caretaker (Nat) in the school where she is the principal. Emily and Will are relatively new to the community and the reader sees the townspeople of Burchill from Emily's eyes as she tries first to understand how someone as kind as Nat could be murdered, and second to find out who did it when it appears she may be a suspect. Nat's family has been responsible for the opening and closing of the lochs for generations, almost invisible, but with the advent of technology, the man on the bridge (the bridgeman) is no longer essential.

With Nat's murder, Emily's new found sense of peace is shattered. Emily uncovers a 'business' and human proclivities that most would like to think could never exist. As the story plays out, Astolfo carefully lays out the events and motivations that lead to yet another death. In the process, Emily finds that she and Will have friends in Burchill and become 'parents' to a collie named Angel, but they are not yet willing to share their secret past. The characters have depth and are likeable, with just enough `mystery' left to motivate reading other Emily Taylor stories.
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This is a wonderfully creepy book about Emily Taylor, a woman who is still recovering from her last adventure. She finds herself in a small town filled with secrets and evil. Total page-turner - I couldn't put it down until the very last word.
Note to the squeamish - the murder isn't the most gruesome thing in the book. Might be disturbing.
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An interesting mystery with more dark side than I usually like. As another reviewer mentioned, there was mention of some secrets/traumas from the past which added an air of foreboding but they weren't explained. I guess the author will be unveiling the past, piece by piece.
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Definitely a different type murder mystery. It kept my attention and that is fulfilling most writers' goal. It was hard to identify with the main character, maybe she was just a little too perfect. It is about a small place with lots of secrets and a sense of evil waiting to be revealed. Some of the secrets are brought out of the darkest corners but never quite explained. Seems like the husband's secret was an afterthought just to come up with something.

It is worth a read and you may find it to be more enjoyable than I did but as I like mysteries, it held my attention to read it all the way through. Thanks Caterine Astolfo and Amazon for this being a free copy.
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