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At The Second Stroke (Luke Adams Investigates Book 1) by [Dawson, H A]
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Book 1 of 4 in Luke Adams Investigates (4 Book Series)
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My attitude to my own writing
I have spent several years compiling story ideas, planning outlines and plots, and creating character profiles. Initially I wrote 3 novels which  I scrubbed out ruthlessly, acting more like a literary agent depleting their slush pile. 
Once I was satisfied with the writing style I wanted to develop for my novels, I created"Drowned Murmurs" which is an individual title.
To date I have written 10 full length novels, more are in final edit stage, publishing date approaches.
My main titles are in the "Luke Adams" detective series, my main goal being to include all the "ingredients" I had come to appreciate and test a consistent recipe with variable combinations. After more effort, torture and frustration eventually I surmounted my self induced problems, that had given me many sleepless nights.
I am intrigued by social history, I am amazed by the human capacity for emotion, and it's domino effect, add to this embryonic mix some unexpected circumstances and "Voila" a storyline. I portray men and women characters as nature dictated, strong but sensitive and complex!
I try to engender sympathy for the antagonists whose backgrounds have contrived to create someone either quintessentially evil, dysfunctional or just plain nasty or vindictive.
Enjoy Luke Adams book 1 "Tracing the Contours" edited, proofed and to my satisfaction, nothing is ever perfect, but it should be fun!
I strive to write my books in a non formulated manner, in a style that includes elements of the following :-
  • Strong Characters
  • A double story
  • Emotional conflict or dilemma
  • Consistent plot and sub-plot
  • Psychological suspense
  • Emotions
  • Male and female strengths and weaknesses, how they intertwine
  • Family and or relational difficulties
  • Paranormal elements( e.g many of us have experienced Déjà vu)
  • Empathy or sympathy for the characters
  • Realism

Product Details

  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAT5MCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Review for Tracing the Contours by Honor A. Dawson
This story is definitely one that carries a bang! At the start of the story, I thought that it was going to be one of those abusive-spouse stories, but that turned out to be not the case. The story involves a thirty-year-old murder mystery, and a woman’s present-day visions that seem to tie her to the murder. Her visions lead her to question whether she is the victim, reincarnated. The main character, Megan, did get on my nerves once in a while; she seemed so unable to cope and was so needy; but then, when you think about it, that is not so uncommon in today’s society. Something I really liked was that the characters were not simple characters; they were deeply flawed, but not totally evil or totally good.
The author is definitely a very able writer. From beginning to end, she delivers the suspense and the tension--- and the angst! I was surprised to see that the end is similar to a news story that broke last year in the USA. I think that was a brilliant stroke on the part of the author.
I downloaded this novel as a free download from Amazon. I received no compensation or exchange review in return. It is an honest review.
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I wrote an elaborate review of Honor Dawson's "Girl on a Train" in another venue, but what I said at length there I can easily say more succinctly here: READ THIS BOOK! In spite of some annoying errors in grammar and word choice which should have been caught by a good editor, it is a darned good read. It defines the term "page-turner." And, for this reader, that term is the result not simply of a well-crafted and suspenseful plot, with unexpected developments around every corner, but of characters who are complex, often difficult, never one-dimensional. There are no real heroes; there are no villains. There is a parade of human beings, often difficult to figure out--often just difficult. Even our hero, Luke Adams, the main character in a whole series, isn't easy to pigeonhole. And a fascinating thing that Dawson does with Luke is to make him, in some ways, the background for his delightfully odd clients--like Megan in "Girl on a Train." I was suspicious of Megan from the first page; "She's an odd one," was my early thought. And that's exactly what she proves to be. It is exactly that quality, of course, which keeps us reading. This novel is in many ways a classic British Cozy mystery but with Honor Dawson's characteristic psychological squint. It's a great weekend's read!
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Isn't it funny and unexpected when you find a story creeping up on you? It started slowly but before you even realized, the story is stuck in your mind and won't let you go until the mystery is solved? Yup. That's exactly what I found confronting me with Tracing the Contours.
I'm not a believer of reincarnation but this book presented the possibility with logic, realism and a healthy dose of suspense and drama.
BTW, I was creeped out by David (he needed someone's foot up his butt) and was entranced by Imogene.
Need a good book for the chilly approaching winter? Light a fire and curl up with this one. You will thank me.
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Really enjoyed this story, got puzzled at times because some of the interesting twists fooled me into making wrong conclusions. When I thought I had figured out what was going on, then I found that I was wrong again! The story reads very well, it gets much faster in the last few chapters.
Thought the detectives were very good getting their evidence. The conversations between them were amusing and provided light relief.You came to know Luke and Imogen, and about their personal lives. Really didn't expect the end to be so clear when the evidence was all put together. Will recommend this book to my family and friends.
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If you like English detective novels, with many twists and turns, you’ll enjoy Tracing the Contours.

Intelligent plot twists and characters you care about are all packed tightly into this book. The book leads you to reincarnation, murder, mystery, suspense and the trials and tribulations of marriage the second time around when children are involved.

If you want to read a book that will make you think and figure out what’s around each corner, Tracing the Contours is the book for you.
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I was gifted a copy of this book by the author, in return for an honest review, which I am about to give.
Firstly from the outset, let me say I highly recommend this book for anyone who like me adores well written, gripping, English Detective novels. Let me explain more.
Honor Amelia Dawson is a highly accomplished author, and has achieved what I consider to be a no nonsense, all encompassing, psychological thriller.
After reading it I sat back and gave it careful thought, where does its strength lie? Answer, Its strength lies in the intelligent plotting and well-maintained level of suspense as Luke Adams, a paranormal investigator starts to investigate what might be a premonition or a repressed memory, to explain I have to give away a little bit of the plot (I don’t want to give away much as I want you to enjoy, heart in mouth the full impact of this novel)
After a failed relationship with a guy named Ben who has a son called David, Megan decides to make a fresh start, a complete wipe the slate clean start and choses a place called Rodley. She decides to take a train there, and whilst on the train meets and talks to a gentleman named. Larry. Whilst she was doing this, she had a terrible premonition and the feeling of being stabbed to death. Freaky, heart in mouth as you read - you bet!
When she gets to Rodley and starts to mix, many people tell her she looks exactly like a woman who disappeared 30 years previously without a trace. The woman was named Saskia Fox. Eerie, get the hairs on the back of your neck to rise - Yes, Yes!
I cannot explain more, I don’t want to spoil this novel for you. Except to say, it is a page turner, well plotted, rich in character depth and suspense and very tightly edited. If this is book one in the series, I cannot wait to read the others.
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