Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour on its publication day for Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat, published by Headline Accent Press.
The Vow by Debbie Howells
Detective Inspector Gillian Marsh Series Book 5
Release Date: 15th of October 2020
Print Length: 256 pages
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Headline Accent
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When a body is found in the grounds of a prestigious Wiltshire private school, DI Gillian Marsh takes on the case. The young groundsman, Bradley Watson, has been shot dead, pierced through the heart with an arrow.
As the investigation gathers pace, DI Marsh is frustrated to find the Whalehurst staff and students united in silence. This scandal must not taint their reputation. But when Gillian discovers pictures of missing Whalehurst pupil, fifteen-year-old Rachel Snyder, on Bradley’s dead body – photos taken on the night she disappeared, and he was murdered – the link between the two is undeniable.
But what is Whalehurst refusing to reveal? And does Gillian have what it takes to bring about justice?
A Conspiracy of Silence is the fifth book in the DI Gillian Marsh series and can easily be read as a standalone. What initially drew me to the book, was its striking cover and the ominous vibe it projected. It is foreboding and I was curious to know what the prestigious Wiltshire private school was hiding behind that front door.
Anna Legat has put together a plot that had me very intrigued. There is something about these types of stories that are in a school setting for the rich and of entitlement for some, that I find really interesting. Added to that, the mystery element of the death of the groundsman and a missing student, makes for a very enthralling read to see how these two investigations would become connected.
The characters are a diverse bunch and although not particularly likeable, they are well written for the roles they have been given to play. DI Gillian Marsh definitely had her work cut out for her with these investigations and the silence of those, including students, teachers and a very unaccommodating head master, has you second guessing each and wondering of their potential involvement.
Anna Legat did a good job of making me stay glued to the pages and there was enough tension and suspense built up throughout that held my attention and wanting to know more. There were some red herrings thrown in along the way to throw you off the scent and when all is finally revealed, does make for a satisfying conclusion.
As a new author to me, I did enjoy Anna Legat’s writing style which is very engaging. Just as a heads up for the reader, her writing style of jumping from one place or situation to another did have me questioning if I had missed something, but once I adjusted to the fact that this was obviously deliberate, it was much easier to go with the flow.
A Conspiracy of Silence was for me a good introduction to Anna Legat’s work and is a series that I would like to continue reading, both past and future books. It was a pleasure to read and review A Conspiracy of Silence which I recommend.
Thank you to Anna Legat and Headline Accent for allowing me to read an advance copy of A Conspiracy of Silence which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Anna Legat
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian.
She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories.
Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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