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Reviews Arrive by a Variety of Modes ~ Revel in them all! 5 STARS *****

thank youI’ve received three reviews in the past week for ‘The Healing Paths of Fife.

The first review I’m thrilled about was by email and is now on Amazon:

Benbo

12 January 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; chosen because of an ancestral interest in Fife. I have walked the coastal path where the author was drawn to and can understand how her imaginative mind become active. It is for me a book that I shall read more than once for I need to visit Fife in mind and body as often as possible.’

 

The second one was spoken directly by a lady in the Burgh who is in Kinghorn in Bloom.

         ‘I loved your novel. It was one of those books which you could curl up with on the sofa and just enjoy. Heart warming!’

The third review came over the phone by a college lecturer I’ve kept in touch with over the years from Keswick Hall College of Education. (is it really over 40 since I entered college life?) Now, it is the first time I’ve spoken to this man for several years.

‘Your writing is very beautiful Diana. A most unusual book.’     

Many thanks to all of you who take the trouble to write reviews, ring or even say what you think in person about novels. All authors everywhere are eternally grateful because many of us suffer from a lack of confidence and it inspires us to continue writing.

ps My next novel is all but complete now. How exciting!!!

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Cozy Mysteries? Is it or isn’t it?

ISBN 9780957252080

available on Amazon 

I have just tweeted for someone to explain to me what a ‘cozy mystery’ actually is. A tall order I know in 140 characters. Anyway, a tweeter sent me a link to Wikipedia. I know this may not be the definitive answer but it is certainly a start.

I questioned it because I was wondering if Murder Now and Then’ would come under this category, so let me break this down.

 

 

  • Sex and violence are downplayed or treated humourously  ~ certainly there are no explicit sex scenes and the violence is not graphic to the extreme
  • The crime and detection takes place in a small and intimate community ~ in Murder, Now and Then, this is certainly true on the whole and the book has been likened to Midsommer Murders ~ say no more!
  • The detectives are nearly always amateurs ~ No, in Murder Now and Then the detection is undertaken by police officer, although they do not always work ‘by the book’
  • The book revolves around the amateur detective’s hobby ~ not true and yet there is an underlying theme of an interest in family history which binds the characters together
  • The murderers are not psychopaths or serial killers and are usually known in the community ~ true
  • There is little or no profanity ~ true
  •  Emphasis is on puzzle solving and suspense ~ true
  • There is a great deal of humour ~ not true

The verdict ~ six out of nine are true. I believe that readers who love cozy mysteries will enjoy Murder Now and Then even though it does not quite fit into the category.

With 24 good or excellent reviews so far, why don’t you give it a try and let me know what you think?

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Paperback Book Launch ~ The Healing Paths of Fife

DSCN3925[1]Although ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ came out on kindle in April, it has only just been launched as a paperback to be available for order though any good bookshop.

Available through:

Waterstones                          Amazon UK                        Amazon.com

To celebrate its conception it could not be more fitting but to hold my first public sale at Kinghorn in Bloom Christmas Fair

At Kinghorn Church Hall

                                                  On Saturday 11th November

                                                From 10am to 12.30pm.

Do pop in and have a chat, buy a signed copy and browse the other lovely stalls.

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