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The Persecution of the Wolves Paperback – December 31, 2016
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THE PERSECUTION OF THE WOLVES by Lucy Felthouse is a paranormal mystery that is sure to entertain. We soon learn that Matthew and Isaac Adams live in the village of Eyam and are more than meets the eye - for not only are they the local GP and barman, they are also werewolves that are hundreds of years old. Most of the village know who and what they are and protect them, but when a mutilated sheep is found on one of the local farms, suspicion starts to land on them. Determined to uncover the culprit, they begin to investigate, and then the mayhem really begins. Overall the book is good, but I did find it a little slow and drawn out in parts. With unexpected friendships and passion, plenty of supernatural action and a very descriptive setting, THE PERSECUTION OF THE WOLVES by Lucy Felthouse is a solid read.
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Matthew and Isaac are interesting guys. They have lived in the village of Eyem all their lives, somewhere around 400 years. That is a long time to live in one place and never really grow old and turn furry once a month. But the villagers are okay with this. Matthew and Isaac are one of them and they all take care of each other. It is an interesting and unique dynamic. None of this “mobs with pitchforks” for this village. Here they live and let live. Kind of nice.
Until sheep begin to be “murdered” on the night of the full moon. Then doubts surface among a few. Things become tense. Matthew and Isaac’s peaceful co-existence is threatened. This is where all the mystery and suspense comes into the story. Where the mystery is concerned, for me it wasn’t much of a mystery. I quickly figured out “who done it.” My question was “why?” It kept me turning the page to find out. Although the “why” didn’t totally surprise me either, the emotions and feelings surrounding it were a bit of a surprise. It was a “gasp” moment and left me a bit breathless.
It was fascinating how an historical fact in a real village was turned into this wonderful work of fiction. There is an addendum at the end of the story that details this history and I found that as interesting as I did the rest of the book. It also let me see how the bits of fact were woven throughout the story.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It had a few rough spots. A bit slow in places or it jumped from one event to another with no bridge, leaving the story with a bit of a jerky feel. Though these things were noted as I read, I didn’t find them terribly significant. I still wanted to find out “why.” The characters were real, even the “werewolves.” They had real lives with real everyday issues – going to work, paying the bills, interaction with people, that morning cup of coffee – things we can all relate to. I could feel like a part of this story. I adore the British mystery to begin with for these very reasons, and this one didn’t disappoint.
The ending didn’t leave us with the classic happy ever after, but more of an “everyone is going to be okay” type of ending. There were no declarations of undying love, but hope that there might be. It was still a very satisfying ending. I liked it.
(I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
I loved the authors writing and her descriptions of the village and it's history. I also love it when you're reading a book and the characters are enjoying a good cup of tea and it's written so well you need to put the book down, boil the kettle and make yourself a cuppa to go along with them.
I really hope there will be a follow up to this book.
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