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Crime author Laura Read’s review of ‘Murder Now and Then’

Laura Read and I have been following each other’s blogs for some time and so agreed to review each other’s novels with honest reviews. It is always refreshing as an author to read reviews like this and to learn from them.

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Murder, now and then available on Amazon Click on the cover link

Here is an extract:

‘The novel reminds me of the TV series Midsomer Murders, with strong themes of family, time and place featuring throughout. Diana describes all of the various suspects in detail, and frequently changes perspective to tell her story and reveal more clues. Her descriptions of the locations in Bedfordshire and Jersey, as well as how she brings her characters to life, are what make the story.’

Author Laura Read’s Blog

I take her points about technology and politics. Having written the story in 2013 the world was changing but I tried to predict short term future ~ a dangerous game when the novel is only launched in 2015 and the novel begins in 2016 and it is still circulating in 2017. I will have a more detailed blog post about this shortly.

Laura’s crime writing is much darker than mine. She refers to ‘Murder Now and Then’ as cosy in comparison, which is probably why it has been read in libraries. I am happy with that description since it focuses on the mystery and intrigue rather than the gritty nature of the murders.

I am in the middle of reading ‘Deadly Sins’ at the moment and I’ll review it due course, but I wish her all the luck in the world in her writing career.

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First Written Review for my new book

I have done little to promote my new book

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Watercolour by Heather More

‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation ~ A Writer’s Fantasy Walk Along The Fife Coastal Path’ as yet but I received this text yesterday which lifted my spirits.

“Opened yer book this morning and was taken to places in the Kingdom of Fife. Some Familiar and some not so. What a journey! You had me fixed from beginning to end. So enjoyed your pilgrimage and felt I was travelling with you throughout your journey. LOVED IT. X

I’m so chuffed!

My plans for this book are very different to previous novels which, although all of them were for sale at various points in several bookshops in their hey-day, the main sales were on-line.

From next month I will be contacting bookshops, visiting them where I can, leaving leaflets and in some I will leave a free copy. This memoir/fantasy is a very tactile tome and is meant to be held with kindness and anticipation.

I will let you know over the months ahead how I get on. I, alongside the efforts of Eventispress, will continue to tell you more about the book on social media – especially on my other blog http://www.selectionsofreflections.wordpress.com, but my primary goal is to reach bookshops.

Thus it will not be for sale on Kindle for the foreseeable future. (More detailed reasons explained in my next blog post)

 

 

 

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Five Star Review on Readers’ Favorite!

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I am delighted to receive a five star review for:

‘Murder, now and then’ on Readers’ Favourite.

Here’s a copy of the review:

Book Review
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

Murder Now and Then: 1919 to 2019 Murder Mystery by Diana Jackson is a murder mystery with a difference – a time difference. Joanna Thomas is a farmer’s wife in 2019, who stands accused of the murder of her husband. She had no motive and the murder weapon has never been found, leaving Inspector Norton scratching his head in dismay. DS Brown and DS Petersen are not convinced that Joanne’s the murderer and continue their search, uncovering a number of coincidences that lead back to 1919, to another unsolved murder. Now they have more than one possible suspect, with alibis that don’t entirely check out. DS Brown and Petersen travel to Jersey in a bid to solve the crime but, on their return, things take a turn for the worse. It’s looking very likely that the murder in 1919 may have some strange bearing on the murder on 2019, but what it is?

Murder Now and Then: 1919 to 2019 by Diane Jackson is an ingenious story. I never figured out the connection between the two murders and that, to me, is the mark of a well-written mystery! It’s not a fast-paced book, but the story doesn’t lend itself to that. Ms. Jackson has taken the time to let us get to know and understand the characters in the story, how they fit in, as well as giving us the benefit of some historical research. It has a very well developed plot and is something very different, very clever. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be watching for more from Diana Jackson.

If you’d like to read the real thing then visit the site:
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Many many thanks. This has made my day!

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