Reviews

Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: NO GOING BACK

Publication: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Issue: 1st MAY 2010

Rating: Starred Review

Severn, $27.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6883-1

This stellar first in a new series from British author Stacey (Cut Throat) introduces Daniel Whelan, a 28-year-old former police officer, and his retired police dog, Taz. Daniel has left his wife and his eight-year-old son, Drew, to begin a new life in Devon, working as a delivery man for a farm supply company. When two sisters, 15-year-old Katya and 12-year-old Elena Reynolds, go missing on Dartmoor, Daniel can’t refuse joining in the hunt. A glove of Elena’s provides a scent for Taz, a German shepherd, to follow. That the girls’ father, judging from his accent, might be Eastern European provides a possible clue to their fate. Meanwhile, Daniel must deal with the effect his separation has had on Drew as well as the consequences of his dismissal from the police force. Vivid descriptions of Devon complement a compelling mystery, which builds to a dramatic conclusion. Even non-dog lovers will eagerly await the next installment featuring Taz and his handler.


Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: MURDER IN MIND

Publication: GLASGOW HERALD

Reviewer: MATTHEW DENNISON

‘Stacey’s plot is both credible and consistently engaging, pulling the reader quickly towards her stomach-clenchingly exciting denouement. The novel’s racing backdrop is drawn with assurance and in vivid colours… this is an exciting and absorbing novel by an accomplished storyteller…Murder in Mind is an enjoyable, wellcrafted crime novel sure to give pleasure to lovers of the genre’


Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: SIX TO ONE AGAINST

Publication: LIBRARY JOURNAL

Issue: 1st SEPTEMBER 2006

Hutchinson, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Oct. 2006. c.344p.
ISBN 0-09-179665-2. $29.95;
pap. ISBN 0-09-179675-X. $14.95. M

Damien Daniels, a former steeplechase jockey–turned–horse trainer, is riding with horse therapist Gideon Blake when Duncan is fatally shot off his horse. Stacey (Cut Throat) takes readers by the hand and leads them down the garden path in this cleverly plotted traditional British mystery.


Publication: MY WEEKLY

‘Vividly drawn characters and an evocative West Country setting, not to mention a fast pace, making it a great read that was difficult to put down. If you like Ruth Rendell, you’ll love this’


Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: DEADFALL

Website: AMAZON.COM

Reviewer: ANN SELF

Rating: SIX STARS IF I COULD

This is a great English mystery; you pull on the rich lore of the British countryside like an overcoat. From the Vicarage to the pubs, to the lavish estate and antique grain mill, the tapestry of English life envelops you. One is so totally immersed that leaving the book almost requires a decompression of sorts. British idioms still swirl in my head (Oiy mate! Bugger. Bloody hell!) The world of eventing, or cross country jumping sparkles right off the page, and the deeply engrossing mystery will have you guessing and speculating for hours. Linc Tremayne is one of the unmoneyed gentry, heir to a Viscountcy and his father’s Dorset Estate; titled aristocracy whose fortune was gambled away by a profligate ancestor. The country estate, Farthingscourt, has to have three “public days” a week to help support the place, and Linc himself lives in the top floors in remodeled servants quarters. The pages dealing with the restoration of the estate’s old grain mill, (overseen by Water Heritage people) with the intriguing information on the giant water wheel, and a fascinating look into the past and the way grain was processed, is reason enough to read this book. You’ll come away knowing terms like tailrace, headrace, dressing the stone, and the origins of “chatterbox”.

When Linc manages to get ensnared in a vicious tack stealing ring, he finds himself the target of nasty accidents; someone is determined to extinguish his life, and he can’t shake them even when he stops actively working to solve the problem of missing saddles and bridles. He is baffled by the ruthless menace shadowing him, and partners up with Detective Inspector Rockley to try to sort it out before he ends up dead. Even his new girlfriend is threatened, and he later finds there is a lot more to the mystery than just theft. The romance in this mystery is clean and sweet, and the language not too bad, except for a few criminal types spouting the occasional expletive.

I am now hooked on Lyndon Stacey books, and have to seek out the rest.


Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: BLINDFOLD

Website: CHAPTERS INDIGO

Reviewer: MATT McBEAN

Rating: Stunning

This book is one of the best I have read in years. While it opens with non-stop action and then slows it quickly gets back into non-stop action right to the end. A great read for anyone.


Author: LYNDON STACEY

Title: NO GOING BACK

Website: AMAZON.CO.UK

Reviewer: TED FEIT (Long Beach, NY USA)

Date: 12th JULY 2010

Rating:

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful

There are plenty of protagonists who are ex-cops turned PIs. On the other hand, there is but one former handler of police dogs who was forced off the force and now drives a truck delivering animal feed. Throw in a horsey atmosphere, a la Dick Francis, and you have the makings of a first-rate British mystery, which “No Going Back” certainly is.

Daniel Whelan, a ten-year veteran of the police force, was frozen out by his fellow workers after he disclosed detrimental information about the loss of evidence. He not only lost his job, but his marriage as well, and is also separated from his eight-year-old son. His only constant companion is Taz, a German shepherd retired as a police dog after being injured. Sort of a Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all rolled up into one, Taz is a super-dog in the grand tradition, and of course plays a major role in the novel.