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Under a Silent Moon: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Haynes

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Revue de presse

“Haynes has written romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers, but Under a Silent Moon is her first police procedural and it’s quite a departure from anything she’s done before….Should give puzzle fiends plenty to chew on.” (New York Times Book Review)

“If there’s anything Haynes excels at, it’s addictive, tension-filled reading.” (BookPage)

“Perfect for fans of police procedurals and British mysteries.” (Library Journal)

“Haynes debuts a promising procedural series featuring a strong lead character who could just become a genre stalwart.” (Booklist)

“You’ll want to stay up all night reading Under a Silent Moon. Best-selling author Elizabeth Haynes assembles a cast of memorable characters in this gripping murder mystery that combines police procedure with romantic desire.” (National Examiner)

“The first in a series of police procedural mysteries that undoubtedly will significantly increase her readership while retraining those who have been with her from the beginning….It’s as impressive a book, in any genre, as you will read this year….And the ending will leave you breathless.” (Bookreporter.com)

“[A] gripping page-turner.” (Crimespree Magazine)

“Like your novels racy? If so, this one will fit the bill….A strong opening to what promises to be a strong series.” (New York Journal of Books)

“This is an edgy, suspenseful story that will keep you up late at night, but make sure your doors are locked.” (Suspense Magazine)

“Haynes deftly weaves together the instructional style of most police procedurals with a taut, suspenseful mystery. It’s a captivating tale of jealousy, madness and murder that readers won’t be able to put down.” (Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4.5 stars)

Présentation de l'éditeur

P. D. James meets E. L. James in Under a Silent Moon, this first novel in an exciting British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from suspense talent Elizabeth Haynes, author of the bestselling Into the Darkest Corner.

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside was found at the bottom of the pit.

As DI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

In Under a Silent Moon, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials—police reports, phone messages, interviews—and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense. 


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 373 pages
  • Editeur : Harper (15 avril 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB3A9GI
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling Crime Drama 26 janvier 2014
Par Mr. August - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
If you are seeking an all-inclusive crime novel, Elizabeth Haynes' new mystery could be of great interest. The uniqueness in this book is in the details. The author, who worked as a police intelligence analyst, now has a solid career as a British writer.

The plot's premise Involves Polly, a beautiful, young woman, who is discovered brutally murdered in a cottage in a quiet English village. Right from the beginning, there is evidence that there is a connection with another death, almost simultaneously, of Barbara Fletcher-Norman. The latter's death appears to be a suicide but the reader is well aware this act also has to be a murder. Polly apparently is a heart-breaker, establishing sexual relationships with both men and women and then abruptly ending them when any of her lovers plead for exclusivity. Mrs. Fletcher-Norman, outwardly seems like the jealous wife who is a depressive and a drunk, but there is much more to both murders.

Ms. Haynes propels the reader through the minutiae of an investigation over a six-day period. Heading up the investigation is Louisa Smith, Detective Chief Inspector. She has a team of detectives and analysts who are assigned specific, very precise tasks by "Lou." There are twists and turns to the story and I must admit, I did not figure it out, until almost the end.

I may have been better equipped to resolve the murders if the author did not present us with every single witness statement, forensic report and charts to give us a front seat into an actual study of solving a crime. Loaded with sex and sexual innuendo, I was often surprised at the motives of the possible suspects and those investigating the crimes. Everyone seemed to have a perilous agenda to be sorted out. The thriller could have been more convoluted, but it was dynamically presented with the meticulous system of the murder team.

However, realizing that the author is police intelligence analyst, she and/or her editors apparently chose to include every bit of information and the timeframes of its existence. This method overloaded me with too much detail. At the same time, Ms. Haynes is pounding away at the sexual appetites of the suspects and the police inspectors. They were connected but it could have been condensed as is evident in the very long Appendix, which presents the network analysis of the crime and its suppositions. I did not see that until I finished reading and it confirmed my critique.

I recommend the book for those who are interested in sleuthing on an analytical and precise level. However, because of the Appendix, I do not believe this would be read without difficulty in an older generation Kindle.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Major disappointment for Elizabeth Haynes' loving fans 8 juillet 2014
Par Helene Fronth-Andersen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I was so disappointed reading this book. I've read all the previous books from Elizabeth Haynes and absolutely loved them, loved the detailed used to describe the characters and their story. In my opinion that's what made the previous books so great, and keept the storyline thrilling and interesting. But this novel is clearly nothing like the previous ones, it was predictable and had a messy storyline with to many characters, so you don't get to really connect with any of them. I see others also complained of the detailed S&M sex, but what I find most irritating about that is that I don't feel it contributed to the storyline or was needed. Small spoiler; She used up a lot of pages and story with writing the detailed hardcore sex between Andy and the Killer, but didn't even write two lines on the sex between Lou and Jason, so I can't quite wrap my head around why she even put Jason as on of the "A" characters. Also there was several small stories and plots that was not finished and just left dangling when the end was unraveling.

Also one major flaw, as many others has reviewed you can predict with 99,9% certainty who killed both victims even before you reach page 150. I love reading, and have read many books in my time that is why I don't like wasting my time on novels where I can predict who killed who before getting to the middle of the book. I like to keep guessing and being mindblown when the author catches me completely of guard.

In my opinion this book was written because she had to, or for the money- not because she wanted to tell a story. And if this is a series she's planning to continue I wont be reading Elizabeth Haynes anymore.

For the ones who haven't read any of Elizabeth Haynes before, I suggest you start with "Into the darkest corner" and work from there, and skip this one. I know with absolutely certainly that if I had started with this novel I wouldn't have read any of her other books.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Under a Silent Moon 22 février 2014
Par Patricia Ibbotson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Detective Inspector Louisa Smith is called to the bloody scene of a suspected murder at a farm near the small village of Morden. The victim is a young, beautiful woman named Polly who was working at the farm as a groom and was known to be sexually promiscuous and casually involved with both women and men. At the same time police are on the scene at a second death where a possible female suicide was discovered in a car at the local quarry. Louisa Smith makes the connection between these two events. The investigation takes six days from start to finish. Instead of using chapters the author uses military or 24-hr. time.

This is a police procedural novel that has documents interspersed with the text to supplement the story. The documents include flow charts, dispatch logs, interviews with and statements of witnesses. These were distracting and interfered with the flow of the novel. The author had experience as a police intelligence analyst which she used in writing this book.

Some reviewers compared Elizabeth Haynes to P.D. James. Louisa Smith is no Adam Dalgliesh and Haynes is no P.D. James. Having read most of James novels she has no match in the true mystery genre.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 "This case is turning into one big tangled mess." 22 novembre 2013
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Elizabeth Haynes has experience as a police intelligence analyst, a profession that few of us have heard of, much less understand. In her latest novel, "Under a Silent Moon," the author makes a point of highlighting the contributions that analysts make in determining "patterns in offending and criminal behavior." To this end, Haynes has senior analyst Jason Mercer lend his expertise to recently promoted Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith. The DCI is investigating the murder of twenty-seven year old Polly Leuchars, a spirited and attractive young woman who worked as a groom on Felicity and Nigel Maitland's farm.

An unidentified assailant beat Leuchars to death in a quaintly named location: Yonder Cottage, Cemetery Lane, in Morden Village. Many of the locals are touched by this tragedy, including Felicity and Nigel's daughter, Flora, a moderately successful artist who adored Polly but wanted an exclusive relationship. Polly enjoyed danger; she was rumored to have had numerous affairs, including several with married men. Adding to the drama is the apparent suicide of Mrs. Barbara Fletcher-Norman, an alcoholic who was unhappily married and suffered from depression. Lou Smith has her hands full, what with supervising her busy team and fending off the advances of DI Andy Hamilton, with whom she once had a brief fling. Andy has a wife and two children; he also has a roving eye and is confident that, if he persists, he can reignite Lou's interest.

Morden Village is no sleepy little hamlet. Here, men and women become embroiled in steamy encounters; as a result, some become jealous and obsessed with their lovers. To discover what happened to Polly and Mrs. Fletcher-Norman, the detectives methodically interview witnesses, scrutinize phone records, and check crime scenes for physical evidence in order to find out who did what to whom and why. Although Lou is eager to prove that she has the ability to run a major inquiry, she is stymied for several reasons. First, the clues point to more than one possible suspect. In addition, it soon becomes obvious that more than one person is lying and/or withholding key information.

Those who enjoy cerebral and thematic mysteries might be disappointed, since Haynes places so much emphasis on her characters' unconventional personal lives. Still, "Under the Silent Moon" should appeal to readers who enjoy suspenseful and edgy thrillers featuring reckless men and women who do whatever they please, regardless of whom they hurt in the process. This is strong stuff and not to everyone's taste but, as we all know, there is an audience for erotic thrillers tinged with violence.

Added note: Haynes inserts flow charts, witness statements, dispatch logs, case documents, press releases, and other data in the book proper as well as in the appendix in an effort to add weight and verisimilitude to her fictional investigation. These passages give us a look at the ways in which law enforcement professionals approach the daunting task of identifying and apprehending criminals who are careful to cover their tracks.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A Disappointment 20 mars 2014
Par Yolanda S. Bean - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read Haynes' three previous mystery novels and though I enjoyed some more than others, I still had high hopes for this one, her fourth. Especially after how much I liked her third novel, Human Remains: A Novel. This one, slated to be the first in a series, marks a drastic change from her earlier books. Rather than being a character-driven, this is purely a police procedural novel. Haynes uses her own intimacy with the legal system in the UK (she worked as a police analyst) to create primary source documents that support the evidence of the two deaths that open up the novel.

Unfortunately, the opening is a bit overwhelming. It is busy - flitting through a variety of perspectives which makes it a bit difficult to initially connect any of the disparate parts with one another. But as more of the connections become clear, the storyline becomes more intriguing. But the format tends to foster an excess of repetition. The prose offers facts and then these are repeated within the reports, witness summaries and then the briefings as well. This really slows down the pacing and the "romance" (really, this is just sex - similar to my other least favorite of her novels - Dark Tide) angle is awkwardly fitted in amongst the fragments of the murders. This is a rather disappointing read. The characters - who are all unified in their focus on sex and affairs - are not sympathetic. The only aspect of the book that feels fresh is the presence of the supporting documents. The plot is predictable and if this is the style that Haynes plans on using for this series, I will not be continuing on with it. The ending resolves the main mystery, but there are some subplots left dangling that could have easily been wrapped up into a more satisfying resolution. It's a lacklustre book that really wasn't even worth finishing.
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