ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE OF LITERATURE (VOLUME V, ISSUE XXVI) | Article Published on: 26th May 2022 | www.demodemagazine.com
1. 'THE HANGING TREE' - BY AUTHOR JAMES WALKER
When an anonymous young woman is found hanging from a tree by her friend, Lady Olivia Courtney, Lady Jane Tremayne, who lives in South Devon not far from the ancient city of Exeter, believes the woman has been murdered and is determined to investigate the crime.
When an inquest is held, as Lady of the Manor, she successfully encourages the coroner to recommend an open verdict to the assembled jury, but the trail of suspicion that she then follows involves a coach seen in the vicinity on the day of the murder, proves to be a perilous one.
She engages the services of her lawyer, Francis Overbury, to identify the owner of the coach and he is also able to provide some additional information, which takes her to the back streets of Exeter where her further enquiries reveal the likely identity of the murdered woman. She then sets about discovering a motive for the crime, which in turn throws up the likelihood of a second murder along with evidence that the owner of the coach is a smuggler. A young woman who has given Jane vital information now disappears so Jane tries to discover her whereabouts but the trail she follows leads to her being kidnapped and taken abroad, where she expects to be sold as a slave to Corsairs in North Africa. She is able to avoid this fate when the ship she’s on runs aground off the coast of Brittany in North West France, and she is then able to return to England only to discover that the man she has married in secret faces a charge of treason. Fresh dangers also await both her and Lady Courtney.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR JAMES WALKER
James, a retired lawyer, who is a south Londoner by birth, but has lived in Canterbury in East Kent since his early thirties, started writing in his mid to late twenties but didn’t publish his first novel Ellen’s Gold until he was well into his fifties. The novel was based on the true story of a letter that was discovered describing the burial of treasure by retreating French troops in 1813 and was a labour of love with a number of rewrites.
Since then he has gone on to publish another six novels, all but one of which have been historical in nature. The exception was Shamila set in Marseilles and North Africa about a love affair between two students. The girl is a Moslem but her boyfriend isn’t. Her family don’t approve and this has serious consequences for her. A theme running through not only this novel but also Ellen’s Gold, and two other novels My enemy, my love and Aliza, my love has been love across racial and cultural divides.
James has German ancestry and discovering the true identity of his great-grandfather encouraged him to write the novel I think he was George, about a German man living in England before the First World War, who becomes a spy for the Kaiser, not just in England but also the U.S.A. Most recently James has started publishing historical whodunnits set in England in the 1650s. The first of these novels, Ravishment, involves an investigation into a series of rapes culminating in a murder. The second is The Hanging Tree and a third novel in the series, Falling is due to be published soon. Also, James has recently co-written a novel based on the association that the Austrian composer, Franz Lehar had with Adolf Hitler.
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2. 'THE BLUE TATAR' - BY AUTHOR L.N. GRUER
Everyone has their American dream. Just make sure yours doesn’t turn into a nightmare. In this captivating historical novel, five modern immigrant women—five destinies, linked together by blood and history. From the killing fields in Ukraine to the fire-scorched Hollywood hills, from three-star Micheline restaurants to home kitchens, here comes a multi-generational saga of tragedy and vengeance, love and conflict, loyalty and betrayal, and above all - chasing that elusive American dream. Flora, a Russian zealot and spoiled housewife are married to a successful American businessman. Terrified of getting old and feeling ill at ease in her new homeland, Flora is lost and angry, looking for meaning in infidelity and plastic surgery. Oksana mistreated shopaholic desperately wanting to escape the clutches of her thug of a husband and needing the approval of her own patronizing St. Petersburg family. Naïve, romantic Oksana dreams of designing beautiful women’s shoes. Does she risk too much, having faith in an improbable love?
Gentle people-pleaser Sasha is caught between a homophobic adoptive father and her American born gay son. Happily married to a hard-working Ukrainian man, Sasha worries about doing everything for everyone. Whom will she choose?
The past and present collide as these women deal with it all - caring for ageing parents, managing businesses and careers, struggling to understand their American-born children and not always ideal husbands; and never giving up on the needs of the heart.
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR L.N GRUER
Born and raised in Odesa, Ukraine, (the former Soviet Union), Doctor Larisa N. Gruer is an internationally recognized holistic practitioner, media personality and Instagram entrepreneur. L.N Gruer is her official pen name.
Dr Gruer is a frequent USA national podcast radio guest at iHeartRadio, Books That Make You, Dare to Dream, WKNY-AM New York, and KORE-FM, Washington. Her journey as a published author started while pursuing her advanced university studies, where she wrote award-winning essays, a Master’s thesis, and a PhD dissertation.
The dissertation became her first non-fiction medical book, Beyond PB &J. How mineral deficiencies can play havoc with children’s health.
'The Blue Tatar', her debut historical novel about modern immigrant women was an Amazon bestseller. The book has also been featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair, as well as in global lifestyle magazines. Only one year later, L.N completed 'Revenge of Alpha Centauri', the first instalment of a new cosy paranormal mystery series. Currently, she is busy researching and outlining the sequel to the Blue Tatar, the Red Mongol, which will further take a deep dive into the Russian-Ukrainian conflict as expressed by the trials and tribulations of her heroines.
When not looking after her patients or writing, L.N can be found at her piano, gardening, or playing baseball with her two grandchildren. Dr Gruer lives with her husband and adorable Maltese, Pasha, in California and Texas.
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3. 'MY FRIEND MUGSY' - BY AUTHOR NATHANIEL G. SUTTON
A Hidden Gem! Such a great and easy read. The author has an exquisite ability to place you in the scenes while you become enthralled in each page and chapter. I was able to finish this in one sitting and am definitely looking forward to seeing more from this author. Highly recommend! - Shady Garden
A great read. This book was a great read about a good friend that I knew to have someone touch your heart so much that you write a book about them is nothing but love and the author (Nathaniel Sutton) has been touched by God to write a book like this God bless you, my brother. - Kevin J martin
Interesting Philosophical Read. The book reads like a series of parables. A philosophical approach to teach the reader life lessons through the author's personal experiences with the main character. You are taken into unexpected areas of New Jersey and schooled in street survival, friendship, death and family. - Richard G Christie
I like the book all the reading was put in knowledge of a good friend Mugsy and I hope there are other books to come. Good job WAYNE. - Thomas Byers
This story has a heart. It is told in such a way that it makes you feel like you really know the subject personally. There are many anecdotes to make you smile and wisdom acquired from a lifetime to ponder. An enjoyable read. - Bernadette
If you grew up in a city you can relate to, if not you will have a better sense of the experience. This book is difficult to STOP reading, each adventure pulls you in. Loved it. - Peg
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THE JOURNEY OF AUTHOR NATHANIEL G. SUTTON
One day Gawayne asked God what his purpose was in life? The next morning, he woke up hearing this voice and words, there is no such thing as the past, and there is such thing as the future. There is only now, and right now, "you are one of the world's talented artists and writers”, So Gtaalwenatyende started painting because he felt he was too young to have anything of importance to write about. However, as his life moved on, he met amazing people along the way that really forced him to share the experience they had with the world. After Gawayne's best friend passed away, he was hurt. He knew the best way to honour his friend was to write about him, their friendship, and their adventures. After he wrote the book "My Friend Mugsy" and published it, it was such a heavyweight lifted off Gawayne to share all the good times with the world was amazing.
He also wrote about his German Shepherd dog Charlie, who was a show dog and his best friend. "The Adventures of Charles in Charge." is a book about a family of German Shepherd dogs that lives in the woods.
When Gawayne's father passed away, he was so hurt he wanted to honour his father by writing something about him. The most memorable and valuable thing his father ever taught him was how to attract women. He wrote "How to Pick up Any Girl in 13 Steps" to honour his father and shared that with the world. Gawayne says, "the process works for both men and women." Gawayne hopes his Art and Books will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.