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Children of the Plantation: A "Diana Rivers" Mystery (The Diana Rivers Mysteries Book 2) by [Mortimer, Faith]
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Book 2 of 7 in The Diana Rivers Mysteries (7 Book Series)
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Once again Faith Mortimer has written an excellent novel & demonstrates how she knows how to capture the readers' imagination. Children of the Plantation will surprise & stun you! In interview, Mortimer revealed she has many books waiting to get out!

--"A Way to Stun and Surprise your readers," by Athena Karsera- The Cyprus Weekly

 "Faith Mortimer is a gifted writer who not only paints wonderfully descriptive word pictures of the characters and the surrounding environment but blends them into an intriguing story."
 
"Faith Mortimer picked an interesting and effective method to weave her story and unravel a compelling mystery."

From the Author

Children of The Plantation was a delight to write. After living in Malaya (now Malaysia) as a child I had  dreamed of writing about that exotic country and her people.
The subject matter is set during the 1950's and 1960's and the present and I spent some time researching events during those oft troubled times.
The main character, Alex, was a source of great research and some readers may find the ending hard to believe. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that such situations did and do exist. You only have to troll the history books and daily newspapers to find some stunning examples. I cannot disclose here exactly what I mean as I would spoil the book for future readers - however, rest-assured it is true!
Enjoy your book and thank you for taking the time to read this.
FM

Product Details

  • File Size: 1774 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505219051
  • Publisher: Topsails Charter, Southampton (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NKBTR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I chose this book to read because of my relationship with Malaya which started with military service in the early 1950's and lapsed until I started to work in KL in 1991. The story covers this period and brought back many long forgotten memories.

Faith Mortimer is a gifted writer who not only paints wonderfully descriptive word pictures of the characters and the surrounding environment but blends them into an intriguing story. I particularly liked the way we could relate our own experiences of sibling rivalry and mysterious aunts with those of the characters who we learned to know so well. The story unfolds as Diana Rivers reads through the diaries of Miss Chalcot's mother Eleanor and we are left to wonder what is coming next. Like many readers I like to guess the next paragraph and try to jump ahead of the author. With this book I managed to outguess the author for only part of the way and the ending came as a complete surprise. Throughout the story I kept wondering about the real identity of Miss Chalcot and as I completed the reading I thought that she remained a complete mystery. However about ½hr later the answer came into my head and I realised that the clues were there throughout the story if only I had seen them.

This is a good book written to a very high standard without any bad language and everyone who likes mysteries would enjoy it. As for the wonderful descriptions, I had forgotten the vivid colours and the many exotic fruits so readily available in Malaysia, not only the mangosteen (the king of fruits) and rambutan mentioned in the book. When we were being introduced to the hotel, Kebun Pertama, and it's surroundings I swear that I could smell the atmosphere.
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I recently discovered Faith Mortimer on Facebook and I'm so glad I did. Children of the Plantation carried me to an exotic world. Diana Rivers is the perfect amateur detective. Slightly reluctant, a tad bit out of her element, and vulnerable by her pregnancy, she steps up to help the mysterious Miss Chalcot. The setting in Malaysia becomes a major player in the story. I've never been there and yet I find myself yearning to return to the lush tropical plantation hotel. BTW... the ending is a complete surprise. I love when that happens. Another reviewer mentioned Miss Marple. Diana Rivers brings that Miss Marple-touch plus her youth to this mesmerizing tale. I look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

And now to The Assassins' Village.
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Children of the Plantation is an unusual story, in that it is set in the present as well as flashes back to the 1950’s and 60’s.
Sleuth, Diana Rivers is set a challenge to uncover a mystery which has plagued the owner of the plantation house for years. By means of a number of diaries she unravels a tale of mystery and suspense, culminating in a discovery which is shocking as well as bizarre.

The story is well written, with a good pace, plus high peaks as Diana discovers each new part of the plot.

The novel is a mix of genre in some ways: historical, mystery, a rite of passage and as times literary.

I enjoyed the lush setting in Malaya, the descriptive prose of the hot steamy jungle and the life of a rubber planter, as well as being a great tale.

Highly recommended and like others in the Diana Rivers series worthy of a 5 star rating.

I believe there is a 6th book planned later this year.
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Having read Faith's The Assassins' Village which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was very keen to acquaint myself with another work by her. This did not disappoint.

Diana (a prominent author and newly pregnant) and Steve go on holiday to Malaysia where Diana spent time as a child. The owner (Miss Chalcot) of the hotel in which they are staying, is an admirer of Diana's work and asks her if she would kindly sift through some diaries and papers to gather information on some particular family events that occurred in the 50s and 60s, in this very hotel, to write a book with a view to 'putting right' some questionable details. Diana however, has some innate sleuthing skills and uncovers more than Miss Chalcot expected.

The story is told mostly via the diaries. I do not know if Faith herself actually spent time in Malaysia - but her knowledge and/or research into this country's history of the last 60 or 70 years is impeccable and provides a well-informed backdrop to the story. The story is perfectly conceived and you are never ahead of Diana as she unfolds the mysteries of the wealthy Chalcot family. All the characters are well portrayed and very credible; there are teenagers with new and raw emotions, parents who are mismatched and distant, charismatic local members of the family's staff and Diana and Steve are an amiable, likeable couple whose affection for each other is evident without being 'schmaltzy'.

Faith is certainly making her mark as a 'mystery' writer and I see Diana becoming the next 'Miss Marple', with her congenial husband Steve as her sidekick!

Diana and Steve are two characters featured in The Assassins' Village - reading it is not a prerequisite; Children is not a sequel. It stands alone perfectly and is just as enjoyable.

Well done, Faith, you have delighted your readers once again.
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