- File Size: 978 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wings ePress (August 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0139IXC5Y
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author): The significance of the noose left hanging outside James Palmer’s barn is obvious to everyone in the village. When threats turn to violence DCI Peter Hatherall has to unmask a master of disguise determined to have their revenge.
What I liked: Diana Febry’s characters are colleagues, friends, and something more. Since this isn’t the first book with Peter Hatherall and Fiona, I didn’t have the backstory of those two, but it made no difference. I could easily relate to them. The story, involving a suicide victim, a gentleman farmer (Palmer) and his wife, and the mysterious Emma, moves along nicely most of the time. The tale flows from the death of Digby (the suicide) to escalating and more frequent attacks on the farm from persons unknown. Peter Hatherall and Fiona follow the clues along twisty paths. But, can they solve the mystery before the stalker kills Palmer?
What I didn’t like: Despite the pace of the story overall, there were a couple of slow spots. Additionally, I thought Daoma and Gordon’s parts were overplayed.
Overall impression: Point of No Return by Diana J. Febry was a nice cozy mystery. Nicely written, with good pace, interesting characters, and plenty of twists to keep the reader interested, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries!
My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5)
The author bucks conventional wisdom and, instead of giving us a high octane hook chapter to launch the reader into the rest of the story, gives us a man so broken, he’s thinking of committing suicide. His grief after being wrongfully accused of a murder, and his anger at the person who killed someone so dear to him, have him a welter of self-loathing and hate for the killer. He’s so over-boiling with negative emotions he ultimately decides to hang himself. This goes on for two chapters. A Debbie-downer of a beginning if ever there was one. But the author clearly has the chops to pull it off; you’re carried through it with the skill of her story-telling, and the masterful depiction of the Digby character, and by how easy it is to put yourself in his position and empathize. Indeed, many of us have been in his position.
Diana Febry has been spewing out a consistent output of cozy mysteries for a while, all featuring her two chief protagonists, a male and female detective duo, and their cases all feature investigations in and around the equestrian community in England, that is to say, the rich, upscale countryside. Any fan of Dick Francis mysteries will feel right at home; these books have a similar feel, setting, and focus. The feel of the series is also reminiscent of the TV series, Midsomer Murders. In this latest installment, Peter, one of the two lead detectives, has finally broken from his wife and kids, who’ve left him, leaving him a largely broken, and certainly very pained individual. He would seem, even from the beginning of the story, to be battling a war on at least two fronts between his home life, or lack thereof, and with his investigation into a case that initially seems like teen pranks in and around a country estate but quickly escalates into murder.
The plot advances at a clip and it isn’t long before menacing pranks turn to murder. Ironically, the subject of all the psychological torture is a man who you’re convinced entirely deserves it; he’s the one who lied about killing the boy and set up another man who ultimately hung himself in the first couple chapters of the book. You’re actually rooting for this guy to get his comeuppance and for the lead detectives to fumble the case. Will James Palmer, the source of so many other people’s pain and ruination get his just deserts? Will having the tables turn on him lead to some kind of character redemption and transformation into a fit human being for society? Or will we just have a lot of sadistic fun at his expense until his karma catches up with him? These are questions propelling the story forward.
The author’s attention to small details when it comes to describing life on these large estates shows she’s clearly grown up in and around these gentrified folks and horse people. It adds tremendous authenticity, and helps the settings to come alive.
I was on the fence between 4 and 5 stars; overall the book was quite excellent. So I’m scoring this one 4.5 stars. If I have a nitpick it’s that the author’s formula is so tight for a while I had to search through my library to make sure I hadn’t read this one before. Turned out Bells on her Toes was the last one I’d read. Some of this may not be her fault; that’s the problem with writing sub-genre and sticking to the formulas so well. Indeed as the story wore on the subtle differences in the characters, even when the settings were very much the same, started to shine through. Also, I would like to have seen the relationship dynamic between the two lead detectives tweaked some more. I think there needs to be a little more electricity and crackle between them.
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