Thursday, 10 July 2014

Heather's Review of Cry of the Machi by Alan S. Blood


Author: Alan S. Blood
Genre: Occult/Suspsense/Thriller
Length: 160 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1493565016
Imprint: Enigma Press

Like all English villages, the quiet and charming Thorpe Amberley in the heart of the Suffolk countryside has its secrets, its mysteries and its legends. It also has its traditions, such as the Tamberley Morris Men, a dysfunctional band of blow-ins, mainly professionals, who rehearse every Thursday and drink in the local pub.

Nothing much has served to disturb the tranquillity of Thorpe Amberley for centuries. Until now. A stunningly beautiful American woman comes to the village to teach at a nearby school, and her arrival coincides with the resurrection of deadly seeds of jealousy, evil and murder.

When the village is rocked by a series of gruesome and apparently ritualistic killings, it soon becomes clear that the local police are up against dark forces which they are wholly unequipped to deal with. Unlikely help comes from the shamanistic connection with a Patagonian Machi through the Morris Men's Squire and the unexpected assistance of an ex-NYPD policeman. A hunt for not one, but two serial killers, is on, and Thorpe Amberley will never be the same again.

Heather's Review: 
As a lover of English mysteries, I tried going into this book with an open mind but I’m afraid my standards were set pretty high.  I was pleasantly surprised with the story, the characters, and the mystery.  I found myself riveted to my seat with the whole package.

The plot doesn’t take long to suck you into it’s intrigue and the characters capture your heart, with love, hate, or anything in between after just a short time.  The scenery and settings are described with just enough to picture them as the author wants but with enough room for your imagination to fill in a few potholes here and there.

Alan S. Blood may not yet be up to par with the likes of Colin Dexter(Inspector Morse), Caroline Graham(Midsomer Murders’ Inspector Barnaby), or Agatha Christie but I can definitely see his name being added to the list in the near future.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more from Mr. Blood.


About the Author: 
Alan S. Blood worked in Advertising and the Civil Service, London, before qualifying as a Teacher from Reading University, England and enjoying a long distinguished career. He now writes novels, plays, screenplays and poetry and has widely travelled the world, especially undertaking research in Chile where some of his supernatural crime thriller ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’ is partly set. Alan’s novel ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE' is a teenage ghost story taking place in World War 11. The paranormal genre, therefore, features in much of his prose work. Alan won top award at the ‘Hastings International Poetry Festival’ (2003) with his controversial ‘litter’ poem ‘CONTRITE CAN CANNOT’. He enjoys wildlife photography, painting, scraperboard engraving and lives in a rambling Victorian house in Wales, UK.

Interview By Georgina Wroe on Thursday 9th August, 2012 at 2.10 pm. (This Interview can be heard on the 'Potpourri' section of my website –   by clicking the 'Play' button)


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