It has been a busy week for blog tours and this is Friday’s review. Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden
Title: The Amber Maze
Author: Christopher Bowden
Genre: Noir fiction, mystery
Release date: 6th September 2018
While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.
Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.
Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0955506751
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Maze-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B07FRH481F/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532280455&sr=1-1&keywords=the+amber+maze
Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-amber-maze/christopher-bowden/9780955506758
Smash words – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880652
With a beautifully written novel revolving around a forgotten key, dusty books, quirky personalities who visit a location close to my heart how could I not enjoy this enjoyable book? I loved the pace and language used. It suits Hugh Mullions, the protagonist well. He loves a challenging puzzle so when a key is discovered his obsessive streak shines through; he is determined to solve the riddle of The Amber Maze. His research takes him from a cosy cottage to a stately home and London as it leads him to troubled artist and the secrets urged me to continue reading.
There are a clutch of characters readers of his previous book, The Blue Door will know well but this can be read as a standalone short novel.
As well as the promised mystery the mention of Camden in the blurb attracted me to this book. It was a place I visited as often as I could in my youth and I was impressed by the author’s ability to place the reader in the environment. Without being overly descriptive I was walking the streets alongside the characters which is always a pleasure in a book.
Would I recommend?
Yes. It’s different to my normal reads but is a refreshing a new genre for me to jump into; a perfect alternative to romance on comfy duvet days and ideal to read tucked up on a cold evening. Also with the book series surrounding the colour theme it is one to remember for next year’s reading challenges for the ‘Read a book with a colour in the title’ because there are several books to choose from.
Christopher Bowden lives in south London. The Amber Maze is the sixth of his colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.
Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/christopher.bowden.90
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