The Threshing Circle Book Review

The Threshing Circle Book Review

Title: The Threshing Circle
Author: Neil Grimmett
Published: 2014
No. of Pages: 295
Cover Price: $4.99US

Award winning author Neil Grimmett, has gone from short stories and poetry to his first thriller in The Threshing Circle . The novel is set in a city called Chania in modern-day Crete, and Kirsty, who comes from Scotland, runs a popular tavern. She loves most of her customers, and enjoys their tales, but there is one whom she detests – Barba Yiorgos – an old man with a spiteful nature. When a striking beautiful woman and her husband arrive, Eleni and Patrick, asking questions, Kirsty befriends them, and they invite her to dinner. Kirsty invites them back, but they don't show up, and she finds they are now missing and presumed dead. This begins a quest to find them and unravel the mysterious happenings surrounding their disappearance.

During Kirsty's quest, she is forced to ask Barba Yiorgos for help; he has knowledge of Eleni's grandmother who was murdered in the 1940s, and was married to Barba Yiorgos' father. There are rumors around the island, and several characters make Kirsty think that Barba Yiorgos is evil.

This novel has suspense throughout and eminent danger for Kirsty, Eleni, Patrick, Barba Yiorgos, and others. The bad guys - those who don't want the truth exposed - go to great lengths, including kidnapping and murder, to keep the secrets of the past.

Although the Greek names can be a bit difficult and confusing, as well as some of the terms (i.e., kafenion and other names not defined), this is a novel that will keep a reader's interest from beginning to end. Grimmett is very successful in setting a scene that will allow readers to actually imagine themselves in Crete and be able to picture themselves a part of the story.

The characters seem real, and the traditions of Crete seem true to life, including a bit of the supernatural that plays a prevalent part in Cretin society. So, besides being a suspenseful and thrilling tale, the book also gives readers an education on Cretin culture and lifestyle. There is some graphic violence, but it is not over the top. Thriller readers who enjoy multi-cultural drama will enjoy this book, and will also want to try the food that is mentioned often – it sounds wonderful.

Thanks to Neil Grimmett for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book may be purchased at Amazon: The Threshing Circle (Kindle Edition)

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