Excalibur is missing, a killer is on the loose, and his career is on the line…
James has a nose for trouble. But that’s nothing new.
This time, things are different…
...his life is on the line.
James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It’s hardly captivating work. He’s bored. But all of that is about to change.
Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section, and loosing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museums latest acquisition, Excalibur.
But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on…
.…Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.
As his investigations commence, James unravels a tangled web of betrayal, kidnapping, and murder. But, his fact-finding hasn’t gone unrecognised. The wrong people have started to notice. And there will be consequences…dire consequences.
You’ll love this gripping cloak and dagger mystery because of the twists, turns, and ending you’ll never guess.
Something was missing but not the usual person as so often the case in crime novels. In this case the missing was a sword with connections to King Arthur. Worth millions, you just knew it’s disappearance would cause more than just a few issues.
Hay put newspaper editor James on the case, as he reeled from a painful breakup with girlfriend Valentine. It was nice to have a character who wasn’t afraid to show his emotions, instead of the usual brash hard nosed ones that so often litter everyday crime novels.
He may not have been the tough guy but he definitely had lots of tenacious determination to get to the bottom of the swords disappearance, and indeed the subsequent murder
Obsessive archeologist Elizabeth seemed the obvious suspect, but oh no Hay wasn’t satisfied with anything quite so simple as she added in a few delicious twist and turns, that threw, us the reader and James off course and in a multitude of directions. There was a just a whiff of the Indiana Jones as Hay opened up the world of ancient artefacts, their value in monetary and kudos terms. The ferocious and dangerous murky world was not for the faint hearted and James always seemed to be just one step away from danger.
Day tightened the net that threatened to engulf him before she launched him into a last dramatic push that would bring the investigation to a close.
It wasn’t quite the expected ending which was good, a sign an author has taken the time to think outside the crime novel box. I liked she left James and his story open ended and I look forward to the next instalment.
I would like to thank A D Hay for a copy of The Missing to read and review and to Sarah Hardy of Bokks On The Bright Side for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
A. D. Hay is a passionate bibliophile and can usually be found reading a book, and that book will most likely be a thriller. Amelia’s love of reading stems back to when her mother used to bribe her as a small child, with a little golden book for good behaviour during grocery shopping.
At the age of eight, she wrote her first play. She was super secretive about the script and wrote it out by hand in an HB pencil and gave each actor lines to memorise as opposed to a whole script. So, what happened, you ask? Let’s just say she was a little bossy, okay, maybe, very bossy, and had difficulties managing the talent.
Thus, an obsession began. Yes, stop the presses another writer has been obsessed with reading and writing since childhood.
Fast-Forward thirty years, Amelia is the author of the crime thriller novella, Missing which is the first book in the James Lalonde Thriller Series. The next two books, Silence and Immunity will be published in 2020.
When not absorbed in a gripping page-turner or writing her James Lalonde series, Amelia loves to travel around Europe, drink tea, rosé, and eat pizza. She is obsessed with journalism, art history, and is a closet religious thriller fan. Amelia was born in Brisbane, Australia and spent the last nine years living in London, where she lives with her husband, Roland.
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