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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?
This novel is enhanced by a character-depth you don’t normally expect of a thriller: because thrillers tend to be intensely plot-driven. When asked about this, Kingsley explained he aims to create realistic characters by letting the reader into their psyche. And he enjoys combining this degree of character awareness with a thriller plot in order to ensure his novels maintain direction. He believes stories can drift if they don’t have a strong thread running through them: a problem to solve. Another twist to this thriller is that its protagonist and narrator, Jennifer Lloyd, is a television presenter rather than a stereotype detective. And she is but one of many well-crafted characters. Kingsley believes that what really matters to the reader is how the story-line affects the leading character psychologically; and exploring that is his primary focus, rather than police procedure. So, in a way, this is also a psychological thriller. Its principal character is certainly memorable, and that is what makes this a compelling read.

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 first-person relationship.
Normally a novelist builds up his characters over time, but in his Author’s Note, Kingsley reveals Jennifer Lloyd came to him as a fully formed character right from the start. It was as if he knew her as a real person. Apparently she virtually dictated how she wanted to be presented on the page. Such a presence is a rare gift to an author, so he had little hesitation in following her lead. The result is an unusually strong and realistic protagonist.

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.
Readers’ Favorite says: ‘Kingsley has created a charming and real young woman’. Kingsley comments that’s always good for a male author to hear from a female reviewer — but he points out Jen is not so charming when backed into a tight corner! 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 her 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 some time aside for a treat.

‘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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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 paperback isavailable now, and an eBook comes out during the summer. Many settings around Christchurch will be instantly recognisable to locals. His first novel, Sandman, also had a local setting.

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.

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