THE KILLING WAY

Written by Anthony Hays

Review written by Helen Bettinson

After a career in TV production Helen Bettinson recently ditched a long commute around the M25 in order to concentrate on reading, and perhaps even writing, crime fiction.


THE KILLING WAY
Corvus
RRP: £12.99
Released: 1st November 2011
Hbk

The first in a new series of Dark Ages mysteries, The Killing Way is set in Lord Arthur’s castle on the eve of his being elected King.  If internal squabbles among the gathered Celtic nobility and the threat of Saxon encroachment aren’t enough to unsettle the camp, the discovery of a serving girl’s mutilated body raises tempers to boiling point.  Arthur calls on a trusted former comrade-in-arms, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, to solve the riddle of the murder before his aged mentor, Merlin, is wrongly condemned for the crime.

 

Malgwyn is our narrator, a bitter, alcoholic, one-armed scribe who loves and hates Arthur in equal measure.  The killing touches a raw nerve in Malgwyn, for the murder victim is the younger sister of his wife, herself slain by the Saxons some years previously.  And as is to be expected in such tales, the detective finds himself in a race against time, for if he does not wrap up the mystery within a couple of days the warrior lords will not only lynch Merlin but lose faith in Arthur.

 

The premise behind The Killing Way is simple and attractive.  Here is a rousing chapter from our island story, a period when Christian ideals and Pagan pragmatism were at loggerheads, and Saxons, Celts and Picts fought savagely for control of the land the Romans had left behind. 

 

Sadly Anthony Hays’ book does not do it justice.  The characters are caricatures and the plot formulaic.  Such shortcomings would matter less if the setting was more convincing.  This reader may not be in position to criticise the historical accuracy of the novel but has the confidence to recognise a novel that failed to engage at any level. 

website website women who cheat on husbands
buy viagra canada generic viagra information generic viagra cipla
reasons why women cheat on their husbands online what to do when husband cheats
dating a married man wife cheat redirect
link online click here
i cheated on my husband with his best friend link is it my fault my husband cheated
rx discount pharmacy link print free coupons
flagyl 400mg valacyclovir pill keflex 750mg
discount coupons for prescriptions printable viagra coupon coupons for prescriptions
viagra manufacturer coupon go drug coupon
manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs site cialis coupons and discounts
abortion effects saiftec.com abortion clinic chicago
prescription discounts cards open free prescription discount cards
diabetes mellitus treatment diabetes affect sexuality 10mg cialis dosage
ventolin prospecto open ventolini cali
lamisil spray lamisil lamisil spray
cialis coupon ambito20.it free cialis coupon 2016
prescription discount coupons slb-coaching.com prescriptions coupons
metoprololsuccinat metoprololsuccinat metoprololtartrat
abortion pill pros and cons accuton.com abortion pill stories
priligy thailand priligy 60 mg priligy 30 mg
information about abortion pill supermaxsat.com aspiration abortion
abortion pill information cost for an abortion abortion pill is murder
buy abortion pill cicg-iccg.com abortion pill is wrong
cialis free coupon prescription discount coupons prescription coupons
free cialis coupon 2016 coupons for cialis printable prescription coupon
naltrexone off label uses alcohol antagonist low dose naltrexone reviews
whats ldn centaurico.com low dose ldn
dr bihari ldn skydtsgaard.dk naltrexone low dose depression
low dose naltrexone where to buy link naloxone for alcoholism
low dose naltrexone allergies charamin.jp naltrexone 50 mg tablet
naltrexone mechanism house.raupes.net ldn for ulcerative colitis


Home
Book Reviews
Features
Interviews
News
Columns
Authors
Competitions
Blog
Shop
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor

THIS WEBSITE IS © SHOTS COLLECTIVE. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE EDITOR.