Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mystery Book Review: A Stain on the Silence by Andrew Taylor

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Hyperion (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-4013-0284-X (140130284X)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4013-0284-9 (9781401302849)
Publication Date: February 2010
List Price: $15.99

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A Stain on the Silence by Andrew Taylor
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Review: The past becomes the present when long-hidden secrets come to light in A Stain on the Silence, a stand-alone mystery by Andrew Taylor.

James is a man in his 40s and happily married. One day he receives a phone call from St. Margaret's Hospice informing him that a patient there, Mrs. Lily Murthington, wants to see him. Lily is the mother of Carlo, a childhood friend ... and she was also James' first lover, when he was 15. James hasn't seen Lily or Carlo since she ended their affair some 24 years ago. With a flood of youthful -- and painful -- memories coming back to him, James visits Lily where he receives shocking news: their relationship produced a daughter, who Lily named Kate. But Kate is in trouble. The police think she has killed her live-in lover and are looking for her. She has no money and no place to stay. James suggests that she contact a lawyer, but Lily insists Kate needs her father ... a man she knows nothing about.

A Stain on the Silence is told in a series of flashbacks that help set the stage for the current situation. There is a sense that James may be remembering events somewhat differently than they actually happened -- for better or worse -- and the consequences of these memories may be relevant to the present. More plot-driven than character-driven, the story unfolds in a way that captures the reader's imagination. Though likely shelved as a mystery, which arguably it is, A Stain on the Silence should also appeal to those readers who appreciate a touching and captivating story, regardless of genre.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of A Stain on the Silence and to Hyperion for providing a copy of the book for this review.

Review Copyright © 2010 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved

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Synopsis (from the publisher): What if a childless man in his forties discovers that he has a daughter, the result of an affair twenty-five years earlier? What if the daughter is pregnant? And what if she’s on the run for murder?

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