Monday, December 9, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Blood From Stone by Frances Fyfield

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Thriller Published by: Witness Impulse Publication Date: 11/26/2013 Number of Pages: 336 ISBN: 9780062301864 Purchase Links:
Marianne Shearer is at the height of her career, a dauntingly successful barrister, respected by her peers and revered by her clients. So why has she killed herself? Her latest case had again resulted in an acquittal, although the outcome was principally due to the death of the prime witness after Marianne’s forceful cross-examination. Had this wholly professional and unemotional lawyer been struck by guilt or uncertainty, or is there some secret to be discovered in her blandly comfortable private life? Her tenacious colleague Peter Friel is determined to find out of that last trial held the reason for her taking her own life. The transcript holds intriguing clues, but it is another witness at the trial who holds the key to the truth.

Blood from Stone was a intense book with lots of characters. This was definitely a book that you have to pay close attention to, in order to keep up. But a great mystery/crime book. Blood from Stone was full of mystery and suspense and all kinds of twists and turns.

After a major trial that leads to numerous suicides or accidental deaths once the defendant walks. After the head lawyer's, Marianne, suicide, she leaves lot puzzle pieces to be found and put together, not only about her life but criminals she had defended. Marianne' s character was a cut-throat lawyer without a conscious. She humiliated witnesses to prove her client's innocence.

Her last big case she got Rick Boyd off. In the process she humiliated Hen and her sister, Angel. Angel was the victim and overdosed. After Marianne' s death it was up to Thomas, Hen and Peter to find the missing pieces of the puzzle. But there were others, whom didn't want those pieces found and would stop at nothing to keep things from coming out.

Blood from Stone was a book full of crime, mystery and death. A great mystery to read.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Read an excerpt:

The trial had gone wrong on her, with the right result, certainly, one achieved through exploitation of weakness, legal argument, bullying, manipulation and luck. The suicide of the prime witness could only be called a misfortune. A thoroughly professional hatchet job on her part, in other words. It was for the prosecution to prove their case and for her to destroy it; she had done the latter but the result would not cover her with glory simply because it would be seen as an outrageous piece of cruel luck, rather than advocacy. She would not want to say goodbye. She would never want to see him again, but he was fresh out of jail and for the first time he was leaving the court via the front door and not via the prison van. The prison van, he had told her, was an exquisitely uncomfortable mode of transport, like traveling on the inside of a human time bomb complete with molded plastic seats and manacles.

Author Bio:

"I grew up in rural Derbyshire, but my adult life has been spent mostly in London, with long intervals in Norfolk and Deal, all inspiring places. I was educated mostly in convent schools; then studied English and went on to qualify as a solicitor, working for what is now the Crown Prosecution Service, thus learning a bit about murder at second hand. Years later, writing became the real vocation, although the law and its ramifications still haunt me and inform many of my novels. I’m a novelist, short story writer for magazines and radio, sometime Radio 4 contributor, (Front Row, Quote Unquote, Night Waves,) and presenter of Tales from the Stave. When I’m not working (which is as often as possible), I can be found in the nearest junk/charity shop or auction, looking for the kind of paintings which enhance my life. Otherwise, with a bit of luck, I’m relaxing by the sea with a bottle of wine and a friend or two."-Frances Fyfield

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an intricately crafted mystery story! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us and an opportunity to win a copy!