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A memorable Mystery Thriller - with Convincing Characters
THE GRAVE CONCERNS OF JENNIFER LLOYD is the latest novel from Ian Kingsley, and it has clearly been crafted to make it both memorable and entertaining. So what is it that makes us remember a book long after we’ve read it? Most book lovers would agree it is convincing characters, rather than the plot. As in real life, we remember people, not actions. So, irrespective of genre, compelling and believable characters are what makes a novel truly memorable — and this newly released novel delivers them in spades. (And readers will discover spades play a vital role!)
Book Viral summed the work up as ‘a fine melding of mystery
thriller and contemporary fiction,’ in which ‘the author’s
inspired touch allows for a timely infusion of humour’ in an ‘exceptionally
entertaining’ book. Which raises another question. What is the distinction
between this thriller and contemporary fiction, given any modern crime
might be considered contemporary?
A similar technique was used by Gillian Flynn in ‘Gone Girl’
but, in that thriller, it was hard to know who to support because both
the opposing husband and wife were inherently ‘bad’. In ‘Grave
Concerns’, there is no such dilemma, for Jen is out to deliver justice
— admittedly while seeking self-publicity in a career based on a
questionable CV. Jen immediately gains a reader’s empathy because
she clearly regards them as her much needed friend and confidant. It’s
a very intimate approach, but it works well with Jen. Her humorous asides,
and the occasional forays into her television career, lighten the full-on
Jen learned how to put on a hard front as a result of her abused upbringing
in a children’s home. But the reader soon learns her feisty manner
masks an underlying vulnerability, especially with the men in her life.
Inspired in her youth by Martin Bashir’s cunning exposure of Michael
Jackson, she sees his technique of befriending an unsuspecting interviewee
as a great way to fame in her fledgling television career. She plans to
expose the owner of a famous Dorset attraction, Solent House and Gardens,
as a murderer: live, on-camera, while ostensibly filming a documentary
about his beloved gardens. But was he a murderer? Once her investigation
begins, Jen learns there is much more to the case than first meets the
eye, and she begins to understand why the police failed in their investigations
three years earlier. A member of staff is still missing from that time,
so it is uncertain whether there was one murder or two. Or even one murderer
or two! When Jen exposes a killer and the knives come out, will her recently
acquired self-defence skills be enough to save her? Even her troubled
past comes back to stress and complicate her busy life.
‘The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd’ (ISBN 9781786106896). Published 9th March 2016, at £8.99 ( UK) or $13.95 (USA), in quality paperback. An eBooks is due out during the summer. The novel is set in real UK locations, predominantly Christchurch, but also in and around Bournemouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swanage.
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Article A (300 words)
Notable New Thriller set in Dorset
Christchurch, Bournemouth and Swanage, in Dorset, feature heavily in the new mystery thriller, 'The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd', from the pen of Bournemouth novelist, Ian Kingsley. Asked why his latest novel is centred on Christchurch, he explained it was because he always believes in using real settings and places he knows. Christchurch was perfect. He also believes in strong fictional characters, and few come over as strongly as the titular narrator, Jennifer Lloyd. She is a newbie television presenter out to make a name for herself using the risky strategy of unmasking the owner of a Dorset attraction as a murderer: live on-camera. But will her newly acquired self-defence skills be enough when the knives come out? Once she starts investigating, she discovers why the police gave up on the case three years earlier. It’s not even clear whether there was one murder or two—or one murderer or two.
Book Viral summed the work up as 'a fine melding of mystery thriller and contemporary fiction,' in which 'the author’s inspired touch allows for a timely infusion of humour' in an 'exceptionally entertaining' book. And the American Midwest Book Review describes the work as 'a powerful and compelling read that’s hard to put down.' Readers will be fascinated by the complexity of Jen’s life, chuckle at her laconic humour, and be mesmerised by the twists and turns of a plot that offers page-turning entertainment. In fact, 'entertaining' is the word which keeps cropping up in reviews, so it’s worth setting aside some time for a treat with a Dorset flavour.
The paperback has just been published and an eBook is due out in the summer. Kingsley’s first novel, 'Sandman', was also set in Dorset, and featuring Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Sandbank. The author’s website, iankingsley.com, provides more details and reviews. You can also join over 35,000 people who follow him on Twitter as: @authorkingsley.
Article B (250 words)
Novel Reflections on Christchurch and Bournemouth
Christchurch and Bournemouth, in Dodrset, feature in the new mystery thriller, 'The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd', from local novelist, Ian Kingsley. He believes it is strong characters which make a novel memorable, and this book certainly delivers those in spades. (Actually, readers will discover spades play a vital role!) Few fictional characters come over as strongly as Jennifer Lloyd, a newbie television presenter out to make a name for herself by unmasking a murderer live on-camera—despite death-threats and many risks.
Book Viral summed the work up as 'a fine melding of mystery
thriller and contemporary fiction,' in which 'the author’s inspired
touch allows for a timely infusion of humour' in an 'exceptionally entertaining'
book. And the American Midwest Book Review describes the work
as 'a powerful and compelling read that’s hard to put down.' Readers
will be mesmerised by the complexity of Jen’s life, chuckle at her
laconic humour, and be thrilled by the twists and turns of a plot that
offers page-turning entertainment. In fact, 'entertaining' is the word
which keeps cropping up in reviews, so it’s worth setting aside
some time for a treat with a local flavour.
The author’s website, iankingsley.com, provides
more details and reviews. You can also join over 35,000 people who follow
him on Twitter as: @authorkingsley.
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About the Author:
The author has written numerous articles and several non-fiction books. He worked for many years as a documentation manager writing technical handbooks for the British army and navy. This is his third novel. Further information about him can be found elsewehre on this website: iankingsley.com. His fiction work is listed here.
Over 35,000 people follow his daily tweets on Twitter as @authorkingsley.