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Published by Jaffe Books, 23
July 2020. ISBN: 978-1-78931475-5. (PB)
officers now private detectives, Matt Ballard and Liz Haynes live on Whisper
Fen, Lincolnshire and congratulate themselves on the completion of their first
close friend of theirs ex-Detective Inspector Will Stonebridge, who lives not
far away, also on the fens, asks them to look into a series of incidents at a
property belonging to Emilia Swain a German widow living nearby. Will suspects
a strange creepy character Gerald Grove who moved in locally eighteen months ago,
but he has no proof.
however Will has other things to worry about, his wife Kate is starting to act
strangely. She never really recovered mentally from losing a baby and being
told she could never have another. She becomes convinced that their house hates
children and is obsessed by its history. It has a tragic past concerning the
deaths of children and it’s as if she takes on the sadness of all the other people
who lived there whose children died.Kate
illustrates youngsters books about fairies but her paintings take on a
malevolent and sinister air. To make matters worse, she befriends the strange
Grove, they wander the atmospheric fens together. Then she finds an old doll in the garden and
seems traumatised. She cleans it up and carries it around with her.
Mrs. Swain's beautiful garden is trashed, and this time Matt calls in the
police. Someone obviously wants her to move out, but who and why?
lights are seen over the fens, the locals call them “will o'the wisp” luring
people to their deaths, but Matt suspects something else going on.Then another child disappears locally. The
fens can be very dangerous places and a frantic search begins.
the house cannot really dislike children and influence their deaths, can it?Matt and Liz are hard put to solve the
intimidation of Mrs Swain and find the missing girl. Can the two possibly be
connected in some way, and is Grove behind one or even both? Also, what have
the strange lights got to do with anything?
really enjoyed this wonderfully atmospheric story bringing the menacingly
brooding fens to life. I thoroughly recommend The Dying Light to all who
enjoy an engrossing psychological thriller with a moving ending.
Joy Elliswas born in Kent but spent most of her working life in London and
Surrey. She was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious
Mayfair shop that throughout the Sixties and Seventies teemed with both royalty
and ‘real’ celebrities. She swore that one day she would have a shop of her
own. It took until the early Eighties, but she did it. Sadly the recession
wiped it out, and she embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the
last one being a bookshop manager Joy now lives in a village in the
Lincolnshire Fens with her partner, Jacqueline. She had been writing mysteries
for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now as her partner is a
highly decorated retired police officer; her choice of genre was suddenly
clear. She has set her crime thrillers in the misty fens.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.