BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY - Old Sins by Lynne Handy
by Lynne Handy
October 24 - November 4, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Battered by her archeologist lover’s betrayal, poet Maria Pell flees to an Irish village to study prehistoric people and write her next volume of poetry, but her sanctuary is invaded first by her moody cousin and then by her Togolese lover who unexpectedly show up on her doorstep. When the discovery of a girl’s body on a rocky shore reawakens Maria’s devastating childhood memory of finding a dead baby floating in a stream, her days become haunted by this child’s death. As teenage girls disappear, villagers are terrified that sex-traffickers are targeting their community. With crimes to be solved, both past and present, Maria risks her life to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Praise for Old Sins:
"The story is ingenious and unpredictable . . . "
"A dynamic, roller coaster ride of plot twists and turns. . . a truly mesmerizing and moving, mystery thriller that will stump the audience until the secrets are revealed."
"A satisfying, well-written mystery you won’t be able to put down"
Valerie Biel, author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series
"Author Lynne Handy weaves a dark and stormy tale in Old Sins, the third ominously addictive novel in the Maria Pell Mystery Series."
In Old Sins we meet poet Maria Pell as she
flees to an Irish Village to study prehistoric people and write her next volume
of poetry. Her plans are thwarted when her moody cousin then Togolese
lover show up on her doorstep. When a girl’s body washes ashore, Maria is
reminded of a long buried traumatic childhood experience. In addition, teen
girls disappear, and villagers are terrified they are being targeted. Maria
risks her life to catch the perpetrators.
The plot and subplots of this book had me
intrigued and engaged from start to finish. I literally could not put this book
down. The cast of characters are brilliantly written, and the storylines are
expertly interwoven creating one fluid thriller filled with suspense and
tension. I’ve not been to Ireland but love reading books that take place there.
The descriptions are vivid, and I could see it in my mind’s eye.
I loved that I could not figure this one out. It is unique and will stick with me for a while. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Published by: Indie Published
Publication Date: August 2022
Number of Pages: 310
Series: The Maria Pell Mystery Series, Book 3
Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
The eldest child in a farm family, I grew up in western Indiana where the tall corn drove me inward to create fantasy worlds. Books were my salvation. I was drawn to poetry in the beginning. Wordsworth and other poets taught me that metaphor, sound, and cadence made a good poem. From authors like Dickens, I learned that rhythmic sentences advanced plot. Hemingway taught me about verbs. Upon graduating from library school, I worked as a librarian in Illinois, Texas, and Michigan. In retirement, I co-founded Open Sky Poets, a collaboration of poets in the western suburbs of Chicago, and published poems and short stories in literary journals. I self-published three novels—two are mysteries. Current projects involve a mystery series with author Jake Westin, who, like Christie’s Miss Marple, somehow lands in the middle of murder investigations. I live in a blue, yellow, and brown house with a yucca plant out front and two wonderful rescue dogs.
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