Thursday, September 12, 2013

Death on Lindisfarne - The Aidan Mysteries - A Kregel Blog Tour Review

Death on Lindisfarne - The Aidan Mysteries
Fay Sampson, 2013
ISBN 978-1-78264-025-7

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I'm excited to share another interesting Kregel Blog Tour book with you.  Death on Lindisfarne is the second book in The Aidan Mysteries.  The story takes place on Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne.  This is a real place, but the characters in the story are fictitious.  Lindisfarne is a tidal island which can be reached twice a day by foot or vehicle when the tide is out.  It is during this time of being able to cross to the island that the story begins for Aiden Davison, a photographer, and his daughter Melangell.  They walk across to the island to be part of a group of people attending a Mission to Northumbria weekend which is intended to teach early Northumbrian history as well as the Christian history of the Dark Ages. Aiden is bringing his daughter to this course to learn more about what his wife, an author, had written about St. Aidan, St. Cuthbert, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Celtic history of the area of Holy Island before she died.  Reverend Lucy Pargeter, a previous policewoman, is a young Methodist minister and the facilitator and speaker for the weekend.

After the whole group arrives and things get started for the weekend things start to get interesting.  Lucy has brought a young girl along who seems to be keeping secrets.  As the weekend continues the whole group ends up looking for the young girl when she goes missing.  What they find and the secrets that various characters of the group have been keeping make the Reverend return back to her policewoman thinking and Aiden tries to figure things out.

This is a book that kept me reading "just one more page" each time I needed to put it down.  I found the historical information interesting and the storyline believable.  The characters were well-developed, and their interaction kept me guessing as to what was really happening behind the scenes in the story. This was definitely a good read.  I was not very familiar with the historical information provided before reading this book, but I became interested enough to check out more about the Island and its rich history.  Ms. Sampson, an author with interests in fantasy and Celtic history, has done a great job weaving a wonderful story.

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