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Under a Silent Moon: A Novel
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Under a Silent Moon: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Haynes

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

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

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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 373 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062276026
  • 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
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Under a Silent Moon 22 février 2014
Par Patricia Ibbotson - Publié sur
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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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "This case is turning into one big tangled mess." 22 novembre 2013
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur
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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Could have been so much better 8 juin 2014
Par Rebekah - Publié sur
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I'll start this review by saying I know there are many who love this kind of book, who won't agree with me, and that's fine! But I wanted to write this review for those of you who would have wanted to know before you spent your time and money on it. I wish I had some warning myself, but there were not many reviews on this book at the time when I chose it, and most of them are so positive that I never expected what I found.

The premise for this book was intriguing since I enjoy a good murder mystery read. The beginning was difficult for me to get into, as I tried to sort out a number of decidedly British terms for everything from police terminology to food items. I didn't mind this too much, but the characters and storyline were feeling wooden by the time I felt like I was getting the hang of it. There were some leading sexual references and foul language, but I didn't think much of it...

...Until I these references led to several sexual encounters and fantasies, each seeming to be more graphic than the previous one. While I understand that authors occasionally use these types of scenes to make a point about the storyline, I began to feel like these scenes, showing up stronger & more frequently as I read, were actually the point, rather than the mystery itself. We're not talking healthy, loving scenes here, either. There were some flippant trashy moments, and some harsh ones as well, not to mention some completely unrealistic situations that showed up out of the blue, as if this was all these people really have on their minds.

At this point, I was about a third of the way into the book. I wasn't sure, but I had made a guess at the answer to the mystery aspect of the murder storyline. I did not want to continue to read all the rated-R bedroom stuff, so I opened to the last chapter just to give my curiosity for whodunit a rest. I was somewhat astonished to find I had guessed correctly. Usually I am guessing to the end, but when I discovered the end of this book, I found myself disappointed further that this story was more about being a vehicle for sexcapades than for a well-written mystery.

I do not care for this type of reading, and was genuinely disappointed to have wasted my time reading even the one-third of this book. This book had the makings of a great storyline, but fell far short of it's capabilities.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Contrary to the hype 30 janvier 2014
Par Auntie Annie - Publié sur
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Contrary to the hype, I would not call this book suspenseful nor would I call DCI Smith formidable. This is a police procedural, with the emphasis on procedure. Copies of internal police forms and emails are prominent. The murders take place in a village that seems to contain not one average person. Many characters are involved in S and M, one is human trafficing on the side, one is severely depressed and an alcholic, one is psychopathic, one a nymphomaniac, etc. And the DCI seems rather indecisive and keeps falling into affairs with her officers. If this is indeed the first in a new series by Ms. Haynes, I will not be reading the subsequent books.
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