Death on Lindisfarne (The Aidan Mysteries #2) By Fay Sampson - Review & Giveaway!

4 Stars

Grieving the loss of wife and mother, Aidan and Melangell visit the renowned spiritual retreat center on the British island of Lindisfarne so Aidan can share with bright eight-year-old Melangell one of the places that inspired Jenny to write her books.
There they meet up with Jenny’s friend Lucy, a Methodist minister, who is teaching a course on the local Northumbrian saints. Lucy has brought Rachel, a troubled teenager, to the Holy Island in hopes that the remoteness and peace of the location will help her.
But when Rachel is found dead on the beach, everyone on the island is under suspicion. As investigators and Rachel’s “friends” come to the island, Aidan and Lucy learn more about Rachel, and Lucy’s past as a policewoman is revealed.
And so Aidan is drawn into his second mystery. Masterfully told by award-winning author Fay Sampson, Death on Lindisfarne explores the complicated motivations of fallen people against the backdrop of ancient holiness.

Fay Sampson is a widely published author with a particular interest in fantasy and Celtic history. She has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize on three occasions and is a winner of the Barco de Vapor award. 
Visit her website - HERE

A very good entertaining mystery. I have to admit she has me fooled right up to the last couple of chapters. I really thought it was one certain person and it wasn't! Towards the end I did think I had it figured out and I was right. This is the second book by Fay for me. The first being "The Hunted Hare" which I rated 5 stars.

For me this book was a tad slower and not as interesting to get into. I also didn't love the characters quite as much. While I still loved Melangell (she was the star for me) a very smart little 8 year old girl. She wasn't afraid to speak up but was still a very nice girl, an excellent character, the other characters were a little boring and I didn't even care as much for Aiden (her father) as much in this book. I know that he was grieving but he just seemed cold to me.
However the descriptions in this book were excellent! You really feel as though the author takes you on a trip through Celtic history. It is all very interesting.

The mystery was a good one. It keeps you wonder and on the edge of your seat all through but especially at the end. The ending was great! And of course the author puts a lot of history in there without you even realizing it. It really is a nice flowing easy to follow storyline. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I am pretty sure there will be a next book... I hope there will be.

Thank you Kregel Publishers for sending me this great little book to read and review.

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to be a winner!

    Melanie Backus

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