Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wounded Thorn, A British mystery set in the sacred historical site of Glastonbury by Fay Sampson

Hilary has just recently retired and her husband is volunteering in Gaza.  She decides to take a sight-seeing trip with her friend, Veronica, who has just lost her husband.  It will give them both an opportunity to see new sights, meet new people, and think of things other than their troubles.  What they didn't expect was to have trouble follow them around in Glastonbury.

Severn House Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st, so check for copy then.

While these two women are friends, they are very different from each other.  Their personalities will clash before this trip is over.  The friendship remains the same, though.  That's just how life is.

The first place they visit, they find a suspicious looking backpack by the the main attraction.  When Hilary calls it in, they find that it was a bomb and people could have been hurt.  This is just their first encounter with the police.  Hilary soon gets in trouble for asking too many questions and attempting to find the bomber on her own.  She also finds her picture in the newspapers and on TV, which doesn't make her happy.

As another bomb goes off and a young Muslin woman is killed, the stakes are getting higher for the police.  The woman cop doesn't appreciate their interference but the male is willing to listen.  And both ladies get in trouble with their families and are told to go home now.  They just keep waiting one for one day, and then another, and then...

There was more than one criminal involved and the actual murderer surprised me.  Let me know if you saw the ending coming.  I didn't until the very last few pages.

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