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Thursday, 19 November 2015

BLOG TOUR - The Dead Letter by Finley Martin


It is 2001 and the police constable's girlfriend is murdered in a fit of jealous rage. When the constable realizes what he has done, he manages an elaborate cover-up. Only one person knows the truth. Flash forward to 2012. Anne Brown is still running her late uncle, Bill Darby's, detective agency after spending four or five years as his assistant. One day, the postman delivers an eleven year-old letter. The letter is addressed to her uncle from a woman named Carolyn Jollimore. She says she has evidence about a murder and begs for help from Darby. But Bill Darby is dead. And when Anne looks up the letter's author, she finds that Jollimare too is now dead. Troubled with the evidence at hand, Anne must decide if she should investigate this eleven-year old murder.

4 out of 5 (very good)

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* I received this book from Worldwind Virtual Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. *

This book literally took me by surprise!  It felt like it started a little slowly, for a thriller, maybe a touch predictable. Then....bang! Before I knew it I was hooked as the pace was quickening, between Anne's work life, home life and love life. I loved the introduction of so many characters, and the way they wove together was brilliant. 
I love the fact that although that you know MacFarlane did murder his girlfriend , Anne knows too, and is tenacious enough to carry on digging, no matter what he does! This book seems to gather pace and speed throughout. The way that whatever MacFarlane does Anne bounces back from really gives her such a strong character. The weakness as a person she displays but tries to hide, is testament to the strength of the writer. Absolutely well written .
This is a book well worth reading if you enjoy a really good suspense thriller.
The twists in the plot keep you reading to the end and it was a brilliant read. I really enjoyed it.
I loved also Anne's jealousy of her best friend Dit and his new relationship, and her not knowing if she wants him as a friend or really does feel something more for him. 

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Finley Martin was born in Binghamton, New York and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  He received a B.A. degree in English at the University of Scranton, and during the 1960’s he served as an officer with the United States Marine Corps at posts in America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

After he returned to civilian life, he worked as a free-lance writer, p.r. consultant, and photographer and became public relations director at International Correspondence Schools.
In the 70’s he received an M.A. from the University of Ottawa and a B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island.  For many years he taught English literature at high school and writing courses at university.  He has also worked as a truck driver, labourer, carpenter, boat builder, and deckhand aboard commercial fishing vessels and passenger ferries.

During his writing career he published numerous magazine and newspaper articles, poetry, and short stories in Canada and the U.S.  He produced a mini-series for CBC Radio and has given numerous poetry readings.
He authored three books: New Maritime Writing, Square Deal Pub., Charlottetown, PE; A View from the Bridge, Montague, PE; and The Reluctant Detective, The Acorn Press, Charlottetown, PE.

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