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A Song for the Brokenhearted Book Review

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Title: A Song for the Brokenhearted
Author: William Shaw
Published: 2016, Mulholland Books
No. of Pages: 416
Cover Price: $26.00 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle



English author, William Shaw, presents his third novel in the critically acclaimed Breen and Tozer series, A Song for the Brokenhearted. Set in England during the late 1960s, this historical thriller begins with Detective Sergeant Breen, who is recovering from a gunshot wound, staying at friend and former partner, Helen Tozer’s, home in the country. Tozer had previously quit law enforcement to run her family farm. Breen is bored, and Helen arranges for him to look at the files on her murdered sister; the case has not been solved. To pass the time, Breen starts interviewing some of the key players, and uncovers a trail of deceit and corruption in high political circles.

As Breen’s investigation exposes some people in high places, he finds that he and Helen are in danger. There are more murders, exactly like Helen’s sister’s murder, and because the exposure of certain powerful political figures will impact Scotland Yard and cause unwanted publicity, Breen is on his own with no support from his superiors.

Although this is a fictional novel, Shaw has done research into what happened in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising. He has woven his fictional characters and events into the facts gleaned from his research to make a believable, suspenseful and wonderful novel. The English setting makes the novel interesting, especially for those unfamiliar with England, and the characters are quite believable.

Although the prologue is a bit surreal, Shaw is an excellent storyteller, and the book has enough suspenseful twists, turns, and surprises that it is almost impossible to put down. A Song for the Brokenhearted is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
A Song for the Brokenhearted, Hardcover
A Song for the Brokenhearted, Kindle

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