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Valverde Maclean

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The Hinterland Times


You may remember Bryan Hughes, and his “Postcards from La Charente” published last year in HT.  This year Bryan has a great holiday read suggestion: a romantic mystery, from a surprising quarter.

A review by Bryan Hughes

It’s actually two stories cleverly woven into the one engaging narrative The pace is crisp, the narrative clear and the background descriptions and historical detail well-observed and entertaining. The plot holds together well and is intrinsically quite believable, although the villain’s comeuppance is perhaps a little too pat.

To this reviewer, the dialogue, well constructed and concise as it is, seems somewhat stilted in places, a little less than entirely natural, but others may take a different view.

These minor criticisms aside, put aside enough time, as you will want to keep turning those pages!


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