Book Review : Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton

 A devilishly ingenious conspiracy

 

When Sir Wilfred Saxonby is found shot dead in a first-class compartment of the 5 p.m. train from London’s Cannon Street to Stourford, the police initially feel it is suicide committed when the train passed through a tunnel. Further investigation by Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard, with the help of his friend, Desmond Merrion, an amateur in criminology, reveal a plot of mind-boggling conspiracy. Thus a murder investigation begins.

This story focuses primarily on how the crime was committed to find the culprit. The theories are formulated by Merrion for Arnold to follow up.

It’s like one of those double-barrelled equations, when as soon as you know the value of x, you can find the value of y, and vice versa.

Using this postulation of x and y and with the assumption of suspects A and B, the genius of a plot unfolds.

This book was originally published in 1936, in the era of Agatha Christie. Miles Burton is one of the pseudonyms used by Cecil John Street(1884-1965). If you are a Christie fan, you will find the writing of Street much different. This book does not delve into the human psyche to understand the characters’ motivation. It digs into creating a hypothesis to reconstruct the sequence of events that may have supposedly occurred eventually leading to the death of Sir Saxonby, to find the culprits. If you know how it was done, then its easy to find who could have done it by gathering relevant evidence. The book consists of long narrations in the form of the thoughts of the two investigators where they try to figure out the rigmarole of the conspiracy. Devising a theory and finding the evidence to support it, is the mechanism used by them. Readers are transported back in times of steam engines and telegrams. If you are a fan of detective fiction, this British Library Crime Classic is a must read.

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Book Two on the way!!!

The second draft of my next mystery novella is about one-quarter of the way done. Can’t wait to get this in the hands of my beta readers.

Here’s a sneak preview of the cover for BOOK 2.

 

Maribeth plummeted to an untimely death. Was it an accident or a murder? 

The past will catch up soon, if left unresolved.

Justice will be served. Whatever it takes!!!

Silhouette of the Past – will soon be available on Amazon.

 

Click here to read my first novella, A Murder Gone Wrong.

 

It’s Love That Scares Her…

“Madison is what you’d expect from a female cop: tough, tom-boyish, sarcastic, fearless and intensely emotional and dedicated when it comes to her job. And yet she has a vulnerability that Carolyn does a beautiful job of illustrating just when you need to see Madison’s softer side. She’s lonely, as much as she refuses to admit it…”

Katie Jennings

Author of So Fell the Sparrow

 

Give Detective Madison Knight a dead body and she can handle it. In fact, she loves solving murders and finding justice for the victims and their families. But when it comes to love, Madison would rather avoid the word—and any commitment that comes with it—with her entire being.

Maybe it’s because she’s been hurt before, or maybe it’s because she’s so focused on her job, but I’d go with the former. She’s more vulnerable and lonely than even she might realize. But Madison’s not ready to admit to herself that she needs love and romance.

She believes “her heart was broken for life” when she found her fiancé in bed with another woman. But somehow Blake Golden, a defense attorney, wormed his way into her life. They’ve been dating a few months now, and Blake wants more. But is taking the next step something she’s ready for? And really, aren’t they on two different paths in life? He defends the guilty, and she strives to put them away.

It’s the murder of a local business tycoon’s son that will really test their relationship. Will Madison be willing to look the other way as her boyfriend represents the opposition, or will she cut and run?

 

–Carolyn Arnold

Author of Sacrifice (Detective Madison Knight Series)

 

Not Your Everyday Female Detective

“Madison needs to work harder than the rest as she is a female in a male-dominated world. But she is very good at what she does… She is dedicated and really cares… It is a breath of fresh air when you have a kick a** female as a lead.”

Krystal

KCB Reviews

 

Detective Madison Knight was born when I decided to write a mystery series with a strong female lead. At the time, independent and courageous women were hard to find in literature and on television. A female detective was usually found tagging along behind her male partner and having very little to say. I wanted someone who spoke her mind and had the drive to find justice for murder victims. Madison Knight fit that image perfectly.

There’s nothing that’s going to stop Madison from solving a murder and getting the guilty behind bars. And there are no shortcuts. She stands strong in her own defense whenever she makes up her mind, and no one is going to intimidate her into looking the other way. Not even now, when the victim is the son of Marcus Randall, a wealthy business tycoon, who is in bed with the chief of police.

Chief McAlexandar is micromanaging every aspect of the investigation to keep suspicion away from Marcus, but Madison isn’t going to be intimidated. And it’s not just the chief who Madison’s up against—it’s her own sergeant. Will Madison have the gall to stand up to her superiors to solve the murder of a young man? Will she have the strength to expose the chief for his illegal affiliations, no matter what it could mean for her career?

 

–Carolyn Arnold

Author of Sacrifice (Detective Madison Knight Series)

 

Excerpt from Sacrifice, Chapter 14:

 

Madison followed the chief’s rushed steps to the elevator. They rode it in silence to the fifth floor where his office was located.

Sandy Taylor, his executive assistant, avoided eye contact. Madison’s stomach tightened.

The chief closed the door behind them. Sergeant Winston rose from a sofa set up in the corner of the room. His face drooped and appeared heavy with stress. It didn’t give her much confidence in her fate.

“I didn’t do anything—”

“You didn’t do anything? You have the gall to come into my office and start with that?” The chief slid behind his desk and settled into his leather chair.

She remained standing. “I’m doing my job—” Her voice was losing power. “What have I done, exactly?”

“What have you done?” The chief pointed a wagging finger at her.

“Sit, Knight,” Sergeant Winston directed her.

She didn’t want to sit. That would imply it would be a longer visit than she wanted. She was ready to leave now.

Their attention made her legs weak and her head faint. But her stubborn nature kept the adrenaline pumping and forced her to keep standing. “You have no grounds to terminate me—none.”

The chief leaned over his desk. “I asked you specifically to keep your attention off Randall. You go to his business—”

“It wasn’t for him.”

“Sit.” The sergeant insisted.

Why were they so adamant about her sitting?

She dropped herself heavily into the chair, crossed her leg away from her boss, and leaned forward. She wasn’t going to go down without defending herself.

“Why were you there?” The chief asked.

“To see Ryan Turner.”

“Who is he?”

“An employee of his—”

“Relevance to the case, Knight,” the chief said.

“He was on the victim’s—” She was going to mention the call log on Chris’s cell phone before the interruption.

“Was Chris Randall even a victim?” The chief raised his eyebrows. “From what I understand, there’s not even a confirmed cause of death at this point.” He turned to the sergeant. “At this point, I would like to suspend investigation of this case—”

“That’s insane.” Madison appealed to the sergeant.

“You have no say in this matter. It’s a waste of government money—taxpayer’s money—to have you and your monkey toting around the city investigating a murder. A murder that may not even be a murder.”

Two things were becoming clearly evident. Randall had definite power over the chief, and no doubt their relationship was mutually beneficial.

Madison pleaded the case. “There’s evidence of a struggle. And the bruising on the Chris’s shoulders can’t be dismissed.”

“Further insubordination to a superior officer. I move that you be terminated, effectively immediately—”

“But—” Her words stalled when the sergeant placed a hand on her forearm.

The chief shared a look between the two of them. “Winston has vouched for you and the need for the investigation to continue. For some reason, he has faith in your abilities.” He added the latter sentence seemingly as an afterthought.

She didn’t need someone backing her up. She stood on her own merit, her own job record.

“With that said, you are aware of the counterfeiting investigation?”

She nodded.

“Guess the girl can keep her mouth shut at times.” The chief directed the comment to the sergeant as if Madison wasn’t even in the room.

He was such an ignorant ass, expletives coursed through her mind, but she dare not let any of them come to fruition.

“With that said, you will be required to document all of your investigation moving forward, and everything that you have done to date is to be provided to the Secret Service. Winston will forward you the man’s information.”

“Up until this point?”

“Until the results come in with a confirmed cause of death—”

“We could be losing precious time—” Her cell rang.

“I want other cases to take front row. Maybe you’ll have time to look into that one cold case of yours.”

She swallowed the emotion that welled in her throat. There was nothing else he could have said that would have hurt her more. One case that seemed as if it would haunt her forever. One case that despite many others being solved, she had a hard time forgiving herself this transgression. One life would go unaccounted for. She knew the killer, she knew who ordered the hit, but she couldn’t get anything to stick.

“Do I make myself clear?”

“Yes.”

 

ABOUT THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & OrderCSIBlue BloodsRizzoli & IslesWomen’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

 

 

Featured – Sacrifice by Carolyn Arnold

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Sacrifice by Carolyn Arnold. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 31 July till 6 August, you can view the blitz schedule here.

31 July is the fourth anniversary of Sacrifice!

 

SacrificeSacrifice (Detective Madison Knight #3)
By Carolyn Arnold
Genre: Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 31 July 2012
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Blurb:
Finding justice comes at a high price…

When the son of business tycoon Marcus Randall, washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight must sacrifice everything including her career to find justice for the “perfect murder.”

With Marcus Randall already on the radar of the Secret Service for fraud and counterfeiting, the investigation sheds new light and they require the full co-operation of the Stiles PD. But with power and money to back him, Marcus has a reach that extends right inside the police department.

If Madison’s going to find out the truth, she’ll have to sort through the lies and balance diplomacy with politics.

You can find Sacrifice on Goodreads

You can buy Sacrifice here:
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Sacrifice Detective Madison Knight

Carolyn Arnold
 
About the Author:
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

And don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for up-to-date information on release and special offers at http://carolynarnold.net/newsletters.

You can find and contact Carolyn here:
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On my shelf in July 2016

 

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

 

My stack of mysteries for July 2016

 

All these books and many more are available on Amazon.

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On my shelf in June 2016

 

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” ― Gary Paulsen, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

 

My stack of mysteries for June 2016

 

All these books and many more are available on Amazon.

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Happy Reading Guys!!!

 

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On my shelf in May 2016

 

“When she wanted to escape her life, she read books” ― Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines

 

My stack of mysteries for May 2016

 

All these books and many more are available on Amazon.

Get a Kindle Unlimited subscription on Amazon to read these books for free.

Happy Reading Guys!!!

 

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Limerick Challenge Week #15 – Dark

 

 

Hello,

Here’s my limerick for Week #15.

Week #15 prompt: Dark

~~

He looked down into the dark abyss,

Long ago, he ceased to exist.

Get out of the grind,

Nudged his mind,

You were not born to die like this.

 ~~

To participate in this limerick challenge, visit the blog – Mind and Life Matters.

 

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Featured: Bound by Life by Arpita Pramanick

The e-book Bound by Life by Arpita Pramanick is free on Amazon from April 8th – April 12th.

Bound by LifeHere’s the link to download : Bound by Life

 

Bound by Life is the first book by Arpita Pramanick. It contains ten short stories.

The title story is epistolary. An old man writes a letter to his son before leaving for an old age home. Set in the backdrop of the modern nuclear family, the story contains references to the immigrant experiences of those who came to India from the then East-Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) to escape the wrath of the communal riots post-Indian independence.

One of the stories, I am Mala, has been previously published on the eFiction magazine. I am Mala is the tragic tale of a young woman who becomes the victim of the dogmatic caste system.

The protagonist of The Silent Victim, Deepa, has traumatic past. She just started college and is struggling badly with androphobia. Will she be able overcome her past and lead a normal life?

Arpita delves into the fabric of Indian life – its ethics, values, customs and superstitions. Her characters belong to different walks of life. From tea-vendors on the pavements of Salt Lake, a leading IT hub in West Bengal (Manorama Tea Stall) to the young village boy performing in a circus in a city (The Last Show) – everyone finds a place in Bound by Life.

The stories are simple tales of day-to-day lives of the common man. It is this simplicity that adds beauty to this collection.

Available on Amazon.

 

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10 Blog Post Ideas

Shilpa Niraj

I have been asked by many people lately to share a few ideas as to what exactly can a new blogger blog about if they wish to start a blog. The most difficult question they seem to face is to find a theme for a blog. By theme, I do not mean the appearance of the blog. To come up with new posts regularly, one needs a theme to be consistent in the topic selection for each post. Here are some ideas that can help form a consistent source of blog posts.

10 blog post ideas:

  •  Reviews

Write stellar reviews for any or all of the following:

* Book

* Movie

* Restaurant

  • Fiction

Posting fiction can be a great way to display our work as a writer’s portfolio. We can choose any or all of the following:

* Short Story

* Flash Fiction (not more than 1000 words)

* Drabble (100 words)

  • Poetry

Choose a favorite form of poetry to make a blog post:

* Limerick (5 lines)

* Octaves (8 lines)

* Free Verse

  • Lists

Compile a list of top 10, 20, 50 things about a specific topic that would be useful the the readers.

  • Photo posts

A picture could be better than words, choose any of the following to make a blog post:

* Photo of the day

* Photo of the week

* Photo story

  • Inspiring quotes

Share some motivational and inspiring quotes on a particular topic in the form of a blog post.

  • Recipes

This is a great way to display our culinary skills to the world.

  • Travelogue

Travel experiences can make a wonderful blog post with some fantastic pictures of the destinations we have been to.

  • How to

DIY posts can be a great help to people.

  • Interviews

Posting interviews of people from our field or genre of work is a great way to connect with them and get more traffic to the blog.

 

Each idea can be a niche theme of the blog or a few ideas can be clubbed together to form categories for the menu options. This can help to create a platform to showcase the expertise of the blogger and also serve as a portfolio of work.

 

On my shelf in April 2016

 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

My stack of mysteries for April 2016

 

All these books and many more are available on Amazon.

Get a Kindle Unlimited subscription on Amazon to read these books for free.

Happy Reading Guys!!!

 

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Limerick Challenge Week #12 – Dream

Week #12 Prompt – Dream

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Hold on to what you believe,

For you are what you perceive.

Eyes agleam

With a splendid dream.

She knew there’s yet a lot to achieve.

~~

To participate in the Limerick Poetry Challenge, visit the blog- Mind and Life Matters.

 

Limerick Challenge Week #11 – Power

 

Hello friends,

Here’s my entry to the Limerick Challenge this week.

Week #11 Prompt: Power

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In this dire need of the hour,

Seek solace from the divine power.

To absolve the sin,

Said a voice within,

Surrender yourself to the holy bower.

~~

 

To participate in this challenge, visit Mind and Life Matters.