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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Recent Reads: Death on Lindisfarne

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Death on Lindisfarne (The Aidan Mysteries) by Fay Sampson

This was a hard book for me to get into-- I picked it up and started it 3-4 times before I finally wound up reading the whole thing.   There's a lot of details about history of  Lindisfarne / Northumbrian spirituality that really did not itnerest me the way that I thought it would. I found myself skimming the long-winded saint stories, looking more for the modern day characters and plot.  

That said, the overall plot of the book was interesting.  A mismatched group of characters gathers on the island for a week-long class on Lindisfarne and the saints that lived there.  Over the course of a few days, one person gets hurt, and another is found dead on the beach, and a third must outwit someone scary from her past.  The plot twists and turns as the proverbial skeletons in everyone's closets come tumbling out.   In the end, the bad guys are caught and the door is left wide open for a sequel as two of the characters begin to explore their budding interest in each other.

All in all it wasn't a bad story, but I would have enjoyed it more if there was less history and more depth on the characters.   I'm giving it three out of five stars.

Disclosure: I was given a free review copy of this book as a part of a Kregel book tour in return for posting my honest review.   I will also be posting this review on GoodReads and Amazon.

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