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The Bridgeman: An Emily Taylor Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – April 9, 2012
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- Anthony Bidulka, Author of The Russell Quant Mysteries
"Master story teller Catherine Astolfo pulls out all the stops as old secrets come back to kill in this chilling story of twisted desires. Astolfo grabs small town Ontario and shakes it until its ugly secrets pour out. You won't catch your breath until the last page turns."
--Lou Allin, Author of She Felt No Pain
Love and depravity, rebirth and rot, veneer and the real wood underneath--Astolfo brings these opposing forces into play as she creates the complex community that is Burchill. Ordinary people find themselves in an extraordinary situation. Astolfo reveals their personalities in delicious detail.
--Garry Ryan, Author of the Detective Lane Mysteries
Catherine Astolfo's descriptive prose and well-crafted characters soon make you feel part of the community of Burchill, sharing Emily's terror at what is happening in her perfect little town. It's a story rich in detail with unexpected twists and turns that keep you involved right up to the shocking end.
--Meredith Henderson, Actress, Producer, Poet
From the Author
This is not an easy book, because of the terrible way that animals are treated. Unfortunately, the scenarios are steeped in truth. I hope you will plow through those sections, to get through to the message: that human beings might be capable of evil, but very few really act upon those urges, thank goodness. There is, in the end, hope for all people and for the world for which we should be acting as shepherds. My admiration to all those who care for abused animals. According to the (Ontario) Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are approximately 300 puppy mills in our province alone. Here are some tips on what you can do to help shut them down. Adopt only from the SCPA. Report any suspicions of animal abuse or neglect to the local SPCA. Lobby. Donate.
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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.
Catherine Astolfo writes in a lyrical manner that kept me hanging on every word. The excerpts from the diary, in particular, reminded me of Nabokov's gorgeous writing. The characters are engaging and you couldn't help but invest in the protagonist Emily as if you were in her own shoes. But mostly, it is the story that pulls you in and keeps you thirsting for more.
I very much enjoyed this read. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
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.
The main characters are well developed, and even thought Emily is surrounded by strong men, this female protagonist remains a fortress of strength, intelligence and humanity.
Emily Taylor is brave, and the sub-plot that runs slightly below the surface hints at a previous tragedy she and her husband survived in the past. There were several times when I thought I sussed out the "bad guy/woman," but I got it wrong a couple of times. This is a good mystery; almost but too dark to be called cozy.
I look forward to more Emily Taylor mysteries by Catherine Astolfo.