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Three distinctly different Welsh policemen share one common dilemma--a mysterious death without a clue. Was the dead woman the victim of a political execution or something even more sinister? What they discover is a 200-yeer-old puzzle that adds up to murder, and a conspiracy of silence that haunts the town of Gallows Cottage to this day. Original....

Title : Simeon's Bride
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ISBN : 9780553575798
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Simeon's Bride Reviews

  • Trina
    2019-03-16 23:38

    I received this arc from Netgalley. Unfortunately this book suffers from detail overload. Long drawn out unnecessary descriptions, thoughts, etc. I found myself constantly checking to see how far away I was from finishing this book. I can't see myself reading anything else by this author.

  • Buchdoktor
    2019-03-03 20:25

    Um einen in Wales spielenden Krimi mit düsterer Wirkung zu lesen, geht es. Zum Zeitpunkt der Handlung werden noch PC-Disketten verwendet; die Einstellungen der Leute liegen erheblich hinter dieser Zeit zurück.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-02-23 01:22

    it was ok. taylor's writing style is great - very descriptive. but i didn't really identify with many of the characters; they were always sniping at one another and it got on my nerves. how could they work together if all they did was bicker? in addition, at the end of the book, the following sentence troubled me: "...________ was the fly in the psychiatrist's soothing balm, the nasty little Nigger poking up his head from the great woodpile of rationalizations and justifications and defences for the indefensible." what?? this isn't The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; this book was written in 1995... the story was pretty good, but i found it hard to be drawn into the story because of the characters' personalities

  • Jenn
    2019-03-09 01:27

    I would have liked to have rated this 2.5. I didn't dislike it but I didn't particularly like it either. The characters were a tad annoying as it seemed like people would get testy for no apparent reason. Maybe I'm just not used to small town life in wales.

  • Yassemin
    2019-03-01 18:33

    Simeon's Bride by Alison TaylorKindle Version272 pagesPlot:This is the first in the series featuring the main character of DC MCKenna.John Beti discovers a woman hanging in the woods from a tree, with her hands tied behind her back. At this point, the subsequent investigation takes place. The Police continually hit dead ends, end up with another dead body and really don't have a clue for the majority of the book, which is great because it really does keep you guessing until the end about who did what. In the end everything is nicely tied over in the epilogue. In the background DC McKenna is struggling with his failing marriage.Characters:DC MCKenna. Fab character with plenty of depth. Bit of a short fuse but funny at times. A workaholic with a downward heading personal life. I liked this guy al lot, he exerts a lot of authority and always the right thing do the right thing in the novel and he has a hell of a backbone, standing up to superiors if he feels that the action he wants to take is the right thing to do. He did rant a lot but to be honest the author made most of the characters rant at some point...which is a point that another reviewer made, 'everyone seems to be shouting and moaning in this book' - slightly true (personal arguments develop in the book as well) but I felt that added another layer of depth to the book.Jack /Dewi. Again very well drawn out. Both with completely contrasting personalities but both lliked by me, nearly the same. I liked Dewi slightly more as he seemed to be a little less negative about things than Jack who had a penchant for shouting and snapping a lot of things rather than just saying. A guy with permanent pmt n my opinion but redeemable in other ways.The other characters included some I really didn't like at all, that made my skin crawl to be honest but proves this author can do character development well.Review:On the face of it, it sounds like nothing extraordinary or special, just anther police procedural. But I loved this more than many others I've read because of the author's writing which was somewhat a bit more special than the rest. The author tells the story through very descriptive language, which gives you a very good sense of place, I felt as though I was watching this story on a movie screen right in front of my eyes, I could picture rural Wales that vividly. But it's not just the writing, it's the fact she combines this with such good character development also and then a page turning plot makes this a fantastic debut to the series as opposed to a bog standard one. I found that I had difficulty putting this book down, I was that hooked into it.Definitely not your average police procedural. If you want great imagery, drama, great characters and a multi layered plot combined with a love of all things crime, I highly recommend. I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-03-15 23:47

    I packed this in at 10%. It was really quite bizarrely written like it was set in the 1800s. I couldn't get on with it at all. I had 2 others downloaded by the same author but I hadn't realised they were part of the same series so I've deleted those as well as they're just not for me.....I had no idea what a nain was and looking online it meant dwarf which was clearly not what was meant in the book. I didn't understand, either, the odd way of calling a man his wife's name too-like John all seems very small-villagey and really quite peculiar. The writing was all very strange and flowery-" was a dry mustiness catching in the throat, and would, he thought, make him feel terribly and inexplicably depressed if it bacame too cloying"......pretty bizarre.The author chose to go with American spellings, too, which always irritates me and I reached the line "Death wrought violently in these parts was usually fashioned by kith or kin"......(THIS is supposed to be set in the 1990's, bear in mind) and I'd read enough.It's all just too weird for me.

  • Louise
    2019-03-13 18:41

    I've read quite a few of Taylor's books,I was initially drawn in by location, but stayed around for the stories.This seemed a little different to the others, though it's some years since I read them.It's quite slow, very much a first in series book, where characters are drawn, and plot lines are written to unfold more over coming books.We have three very different policemen,a dead body and a close community, where everybody knows something,but nobody is telling.If you'd taken any mention of computers out of the book,I would swear it was set in the fifties. But then those little Welsh villages don't change much do they.It was a twisting path to find the murderer....and although it wasn't a surprise when when we got there,I liked the path taken.Won't be the last Taylor book I read.

  • Mary BG
    2019-03-12 00:21

    4.5 stars. The writing is very good with descriptive passages that are insightful, thought provoking, and include a bit of low key humor. This is an engrossing mystery that is probably a little overlong with way too much cigarette smoking, but remains interesting and provocative through to the end, it is not possible to do anything but read every word. The wide variety of characters are very flawed and not all that likeable, but are drawn realistically with complex multi-dimensional personalities.

  • Dorkette
    2019-03-14 22:37

    Meh. Not great, not awful. Most characters lack personality while managing to "rage at" and otherwise mistreat each other with tiresome regularity. The murder victim remains a cipher. She appears to have dual personalities -- emotionally closed off but sympathetic as depicted by the abandoned lover, yet capable of cruelty and the sexual assault on a child.

  • Arlene
    2019-03-15 19:25

    Taylor is very good at developing atmosphere. Her descriptions have the equal function of placing the reader at the spot and making him ponder the beauty of words. I may forget the storyline by and by, but this sense of foreboding will probably linger longer than I'd care to have it.

  • Jonna
    2019-03-06 23:29

    Pretty creepy - if you are just looking for a mystery, pass this by. This book is the stuff of nightmares!

  • Pinky
    2019-03-03 23:32

    have now read all 5 of her books..brilliant.

  • Maddy
    2019-03-18 20:17

    RATING: 2.5