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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

'Tangled Retribution' by James Morley

Published by Benhams Books.
ISBN 978-0-9548880-6-0

This exciting mystery is rooted in the world of yachting.  The setting is mainly in England but there are a number of Antipodean individuals who are relevant to the development of the story.  The investigation into the death of a yachtmaster is a police one but Peter Manning, a New Zealander, is involved in the pursuit of the story for his newspaper, the Daily Banner.

There is a large cast of characters, some of whom have appeared in previous books by James Morley.  Emily Stoneman and her family become central to the disturbing events around the initial death and as other deaths occur tension rises as to who else might be killed and why.  It seems that a psychopath is responsible though there are possibly business reasons for the events.  Police work is interposed with journalistic interviews as attempts are made to understand the motivation behind the deaths.  As explanations for the happenings begin to surface there is a tense climax. 

The tale is a complete one and the reader does not need to have read the previous stories about these characters first.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
James Morley has written 6 previous crime novels and at least 4 of those feature some of the characters of Tangled Retribution

James Morley sis a local author, writing books under the name Benham's Sea Mysteries. Retired from an agricultural background Jim has been writing books since 2005. He is well known in the local area for his novels, short stories and publicity writing. He is chairman of Petersfield Writers’ Circle and an active members of his local book club. Jim lives in Liss in Hampshire, a widower, in an untidy house filled with books and computers. Jim is a members of the UK Society of Authors.

Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.

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