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The Scissors and the Sword by [Fox, Ethan]
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PRAISE FOR THE SCISSORS AND THE SWORD
  • "***** - Ethan juggles the two connected plots well and seamlessly takes you from one story to the other." Just A Teacher, Amazon
  • "**** - We have ancient lands with Samurai and princesses, and lots of mythology - and we have present-day London, England - a complicated and interesting combination!" D. Bratcher, Amazon
  • "***** - The mystery central to the book is masterfully woven" MMO, AmazonUK
  • "***** - loved every minute of it" K.F., AmazonUK

From the Back Cover

TWO ERAS, TWO WEAPONS, ONE MYSTERY

When blood-soaked scissors are the only clues recovered from a double-murder-scene in Hyde Park, Scene of Crime Officer Jessica Cartwright races against time to understand the evidence before the killer strikes again.

But when a sword on display at the British Museum spontaneously shatters, she is confronted with an unthinkable truth: A man from another era has a score to settle with an ancient enemy, in a clash that threatens every soul in London!

As the fate of the city hangs in the balance, can Jessica overcome a spectre of her own past in her search for answers?

Who would kill with scissors?

And who could wield a shattered sword?

THE SCISSORS AND THE SWORD is the debut Urban Fantasy novel by Ethan Fox!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ethan Fox; 1 edition (December 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018M7NH0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Scissors and the Sword is a fast paced mystery/supernatural thriller. Jessica Cartwright is a British detective involved in a murder investigation.
Soon Jessica finds herself projected in an unusual investigation full of turns and twists. She has to face the revenge of a ghost with an ancient Japanese sword as her only weapon. A spirit samurai will be at her side.
Giving this a 4 instead of a perfect 5 purely out of a personal tilt, as I'm not the biggest fan of supernatural stories. Once the supernatural stuff comes into the plot, it continues in that direction for the rest of the book. I enjoyed it, just it isn't to my usual taste. I would recommend The Scissor and the Sword to lovers of mystery stories with some supernatural elements.
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I'm not a snob, I love my share of fiction that could be called mental junk food ( Robert Crais being flavor of the month), but I just could not like this novel. Here are a few reasons:

The writing quality murdered this story in its crib. Frequently ignoring the unspoken 'show, don't tell' rule, Fox substitutes canned emotional descriptors in place of simple actions that could speak volumes more in fewer words. The dialogue is generally flat and comes with an adverb attached at the end to convey tone. Overblown descriptions of completely superfluous, and sometimes inconsistent, scenery yammer for attention on every page; single sentences often running on to become paragraphs unto themselves. Really, how many adjectives must the reader wade through to find the point?

Writing a great mystery is a rather delicate balancing act: Make things too obvious and the reader might solve things early and lose interest, maybe even feel patronized. Being too difficult on the other hand (or deliberately impossible, key details omitted until the denouement) might also hold certain readers at arm's length from the story. As a matter of personal taste I love a novel that challenges; The sort of mystery that inspires mental gymnastics and makes me WANT to comb through the minutiae for the barest hint of a clue. This is not one of those books.

The Scissors and the Sword treats the reader like an idiot child who needs help following the trail of neon breadcrumbs from plot point A to B. Characters go over the obvious when in conversation so often that they might as well break the fourth wall and shout " You there, did you catch that bit? Yes?! Smashing! NEXT ITEM!" while checking off from a list.
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My first thoughts when I read the synapse were this sounds like a cross between "strangers on a train" meets "Kate and Leopold". This was far from what I experienced while reading. I really enjoyed the way the author put together a great mystery with a female detective (Jessica) to solve the horrific murders and track down . I love how the story has multiple story lines to think about and ponder as you go from one to the other and you are left wanting to get through the next chapter to find out more from the other story line. I love how there is present day and ancient times and how they are woven together and mix, this book is an interesting mix of mystery and fantasy. I felt like the book was a steady/fast pace and it was perfect, you get enough information and it still leaves you wanting more so you keep reading. I also felt like the characters were really well thought out and once you reach the end of the book you feel like you know these people. I hope there are more to come from Ethan Fox, hopefully a series. I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book.
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I would like to have rated this 4 1/2 stars.... but that isn't an option. This is a VERY interesting book. Well-written, well-thought-out, creative, with well developed characters with intriguing challenges. There are 2, maybe 2 1/2, stories being told here - and while there is much concerning crime, crime isn't the main or major part of the story, I would say MYSTERY is the "main thing". It keeps you very involved, keeps you wondering and thinking [a favorite of mine] , keeps giving you more info, and keeps it all interesting. We have ancient lands with Samurai and princesses, and lots of mythology - and we have present-day London, England - a complicated and interesting combination!
The people all seem real - their thinking feels very like my thoughts would likely be in their place.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! ( I read an author-sent copy rather than purchasing, but I will definitely be buying his next book because I liked this one so much!)
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The novel opens on Jessica, a British cop, as she arrives at a scene she's been called in to examine. Despite the grotesque nature of the deaths, the most interesting part is that there is absolutely n trace left behind. No footprints, no DNA, nothing. I feel like I am about to begin a serial killer novel. Then, just when I am hitting all the points that one finds in a normal crime read (the medical examiner, the captain, the cop with a past, the new friend, etc) , the story veers back. I am thrown into an ancient world with a whole different plot including a princess. Where did that come from? Ethan juggles the two connected plots well and seamlessly takes you from one story to the other.

This story had just enough twists and turns to keep in interesting, as well as including clear signposts of where it is headed for readers who like to know where they're going.

Overall I found it captivating and really enjoyed every page. It certainly wasn't what first expected when I started reading, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
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