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Published by Avenue Press, Scarborough,
14 Oct. 2016. ISBN: 978-0993080821
Wednesday 19th May 2010 Hannah Poole and Aurora Harris attend an experimental
film purporting to show the gradual demise of a cliff-top house on the
crumbling Scarborough coast.The film’s
maker, Dr Hal Denver, lectures at the local university and the audience is
predominantly made up of members of the academic community.Spectators are shocked when the film appears
to reveal a man’s face at one of the windows of the collapsing building as it
slides over the cliff edge.Hannah
recognises the victim as Professor Harrison Peer, a distinguished scholar,
whose absence from the gathering had earlier been the subject of debate.
This dramatic opening chapter proves, in fact,
to be the mid point of the narrative which, in Chapter 2, shifts back eight
days to Tuesday 11th May, 2010.The
device jolts the linear chronology of the story and allows the reader to consider
the events leading up to the extraordinary impact of the film’s ending with
that event still in mind.The book then
proceeds to describe how
Detective Sergeant Theo Akande and his team approach
the mystery of the absent professor - is the film really evidence of a murder
or just someone’s idea of a digital prank?He must work out how this central conundrum might, or might not, be
related to a white van, counterfeit brandy, a spate of burglaries and some
threatening letters.The ramifications
of the case are matched by the complex lives of the individuals involved and
their relationships with each other, as the investigation opens up old wounds
and tests loyalties.
The Art of Breathing is an appropriate title for a novel in which many of the characters
feel displaced from society.Through her
descriptions of the sensual and essential act of breathing, such a reliable
indicator of human emotions, the author evokes her characters’ responses to
kindness and cruelty, tenderness and violence, safety and fear.Nature, too, breathes through the novel; the
weather, sea and sky are depicted in ways that show how they are able to calm,
provoke and reflect the reactions and responses of the protagonists.Kate Evans’ understanding of human
psychology, she is a trained psychotherapeutic counsellor, is also evident
throughout the text which is layered, nuanced and imaginatively constructed to
create an enjoyably tense, fascinating and thought-provoking read.
a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing
Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on the
Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus. Her
crime fiction is inspired by Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Ann Cleeves. She
is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. She loves walking by the sea and
afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the
poetry of Edith Sitwell.
Dorothy Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.