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The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton (A Ngaire Blakes Mystery) (Volume 1) Hardcover – March 16, 2016
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". . . this book took me back to the joy I felt when reading, forinstance, a Dalziel and Pascoe novel, with the same kind of realism,well-developed and flawed characters, and tight plotting that ratchetedup the tension until I found myself snatching paragraphs while waitingfor my web browsers to load, desperate to find out what happened next."- Amazon Reviewer
"Fantastic! This is going to make for a great series . . ." - Amazon Reviewer
"This is a great read! It grabs the reader from the very beginning and weaves her through the rapidly changing plot." - Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
Katherine Hayton is a forty-two year old woman who works in insurance, doesn't have children or pets, can't drive, has lived in Christchurch her entire life, and resides a two minute walk from where she was born. For some reason, she's developed a rich fantasy life.
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A brilliant thriller involving a 40 year old murder, Ngaire is a character in whom I invested concern from the moment I 'met" her. It is a measure of the author's skill that I could feel myself accompanying her on her investigation and felt she is a person I could be friends with. Her police partner, Deb, is a good foil for Ngaire's foibles, brought on by a previous attack which has left her self confidence shattered. I loved the inclusion of Trev the dog of whom Ngaire is initially terrified (I felt Deb's shock and Ngaire's shame at that incident) but whom she comes to care about.
Very well written and well plotted, I was riveted from the start.
Well done indeed!!!
Now with THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON she continues to open new windows into the realm of suspense, mystery, and extremes of physical and psychological behavior, all the while giving the reader the sense of standing on the curb watching it all happen as it unfolds. That is how very real and present she can mold her fantastical stories. This latest novel signals a series – The Ngaire Blakes Mysteries – so anchor in on the characters she builds and be ready to follow the path she is setting.
Katherine provides the synopsis for this story: ‘Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton drowned in a slurry. She choked to death as her hands scrabbled for purchase on the smooth concrete walls. A farmhand discovered her bloated body three days later. Or she didn't. Paul Worthington just confessed to her murder. Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton died in a dirty shed. He smothered her life along with her cries for help and tossed her defiled corpse into a river when he was done. Or he didn't. As Detective Ngaire Blakes investigates the death, she discovers clues that won't piece together with either version. Gaps, inconsistencies, lies. And forty years have eroded more than memories. Is it possible to uncover the third death of Magdalene Lynton when time has eaten away at the evidence? And will the person responsible let Ngaire live long enough to try?’
So meet our heroine sleuth – ‘Ngaire Blakes refused to check her watch. She’d looked just ten minutes ago. At least, she hoped it was ten minutes. In the reception room of the Christchurch Central Police Station, time crawled. A multigenerational family waited for the detective sergeant in charge of its case. Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and four children under twelve. The women sat and chatted in soft voices, while the kids built a fort from the orange plastic chairs, stacking them one on top of the other to form a barricade. All was well until the eldest boy tried to clamber up and over to gain entry. Ngaire closed her eyes to slits as the bottom chair sagged under the weight, and the topmost tilted, throwing him to the floor. His face contorted with pain, and he gripped his leg, rolling back and forth. When his great-grandmother bent to pat his shoulder, the electricity built up from the utilitarian carpet rubbing against his sweatshirt crackled.’
A lesson on how to build a mystery as shared by the master/mistress! Tap into Katherine Hayton’s gift. Grady Harp, April 16
Ngaire isn't very happy pushing papers, when Paul Worthington comes in to the station to confess to suffocating Magdalene Lynton when he was a teenager. Paul is dying of cancer and wants to confess before he dies. Ngaire mentions the case to her good friend Finlay, a journalist. He had been doing a piece on a church and in his research notes, he has information that says Magdalene was found drowned in a slurry on the property what was at that time, the Christ Cult. Ngaire and fellow detective Deb, interview Paul. His information doesn't seem to match what the records say. Ngaire feels drawn to getting to the truth and gets an o.k. to visit Magdalene's parents who now live in a retirement home. Gradually going toward working on this case.
Flash sideways: William Glover is a lawyer with political aspirations. He grew up on a dairy farm near the Christ Cult. He is married and has a little girl. He reads the article in the paper about Paul's confession to the murder of Magdalene. He leaves his office in a fury to go see Paul. He hasn't seen him since they were teenagers, but he will represent Paul...or make sure he doesn't say too much.
This is a really good, fast paced, fast read with lots of twists. Most of the characters have lots of baggage. Some you will sympathize with, some you will despise.
I received a free copy in exchange for a review.
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