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A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

May 13, 2019 - 5:36 am 1 Comment

Having read Clarissa’s warning, I volunteered straightaway to be on the blog tour for A Matter of Latitude.

A Matter of Latitude

From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.

When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.

Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbour, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.

Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.

But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?

“A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats… Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style.” – Sandi Wallace, award-winning crime fiction author

So here are my thoughts.

A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn

Published on 7th December 2018

290 pages

It took me a while to warm to Paula, as at the start she came across as a bit ungrateful and envious of her parents, but as the story continues you realise how hard it had been for her to adjust to living in a foreign country, not fluent in the language and how hard she was trying for her daughter. When Celestino went missing she was at a bit of a loss and was torn between find out where he was and trying not to get him in trouble with the police. Celestino was a local artist and whilst he was trying to support his family selling the paintings he did, he was running a campaign exposing the corruption on the island.

As I mentioned I have read previous work by this author and I knew that the story would be descriptive, where the scenery was as important as the story and I was not disappointed. As you follow the mystery, you are introduced to some amazing scenery and highlighted throughout are important landmarks to the country. Due to the fine detail, this is a slow-paced mystery and whilst Paula was struggling, she did make some headway. What is different to so many other mysterious is that as a reader we know what has happened to Celestino and throughout the book his story is told.

Whilst this is a mystery, there is also an insight to how money and corruption is spoiling the landscape and whilst places rely on tourism, it shows what damage it is causing.

Another good mystery that will keep you reading to find out that will happen next.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KWM65GY

Author Bio – Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of original fiction across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire. 

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist. 

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Many of her novels are set on the islands, including The Drago Tree, which was released in 2015 and is now in Spanish translation, Clarissa’s Warning and A Matter of Latitude. These novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction, and the novels are as much stories about the islands themselves as they are straight-ahead entertainment.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. Some of her writing is dark, like the psychological thriller, Twerk, which is based on six years of research and first-hand accounts of dancers working in what are euphemistically called gentlemen’s clubs. 

A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia.

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Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

March 20, 2019 - 5:54 am No Comments

So it’s my turn on this blog tour.

Blurb: Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Published by Creativia on 30th November 2018

257 pages

A lottery win, an ancient ruin and supernatural goings-on. 

Claire Bennett was a likeable character, living an ordinary life in Colchester. Since she was old enough to work, she had always worked in a bank, that was until she won the lottery. However, winning all that money never changed her, as she was always embarrassed when people brought it up. I thought she was brave purchasing a derelict building, as whilst she could speak Spanish, she did not know anything about the history or what to expect when she got there. Her impulse buy also showed what a dreamer she was and that she wanted a better life away from the humdrum of Colchester.

I was reading this whilst the UK was hit by Storm Gareth and whilst I was hearing the wind and rain, I was so envious of Claire. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but I enjoyed reading about the island and with all the detail, I could tell that the author had a passion for this part of the world. The historical element made the story come alive as you got to learn more about the house and the former occupants of the island. It also enforced my belief that Claire did not want to brag about her money, as she was uncomfortable every time she read about the actions of the nobility. Because you learn so much about the house, the haunting of the house has you wondering who is behind it and with the workman refusing to work on the property, was it a dangerous spirit. Paco’s passion for Olivia Stone, adds another twist as you get drawn into her mysterious disappearance and also adds a romance element to the book. The author had a way of bringing even the smallest character to life, the picturesque detail lets you easily imagine the locals and you get to find out as much about Gloria who run the local café as you do about Claire.        

This is a gentle slow-paced mystery, which I read fairly quickly. With its mixture of genres, this has got something for a lot of readers. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and checking my kindle I am glad to say I have some more of their books to read.

Buying link http://viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

Author Bio –  Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

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