A Review!

Genre: Mystery Title: The Desolate Garden Author: Danny Kemp

At ten past one in the morning, a housekeeper is greeted with a startling sight: her employer, Lord Elliot Paterson, dead by means of a bullet to the head. Lord Elliot had managed, in keeping with family tradition started centuries earlier, a secret government bank located near Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster. Just a few years prior to his murder, Lord Elliot had discovered a 1936 bank ledger revealing a questionable Russian address. This discovery led to another: a missing family fortune. As a result of these revelations, Lord Elliot formed a probable and dangerous hypothesis. Were these discoveries what prompted the banker’s death? And if so, who instigated the murder? That is precisely what the next Lord Paterson is attempting to uncover. But Harry Paterson’s road to the answer is considerably more complicated than he initially anticipated. Not only is it complex, spanning many years of his family’s past as well as international borders, but it is dangerous. And in a different sense than you would expect. Assigned as case officer is an unlikely individual: an enigmatic and captivating young woman, Judith Meadows. Probing, sharp and unsettlingly knowledgeable of his family affairs, Harry becomes increasingly unsure of whether Judith is a nightmare or a dream. Nonetheless, the two must piece together the puzzle before another meets the late Lord Elliot’s fate. “The Desolate Garden” by Danny Kemp is a fresh spy mystery providing entertainment, stimulation and insight. Brilliantly constructed, the winding plot, stealthy loopholes and clever humour render this novel one that claims your attention, holding it captive until the final page. What with its vivid descriptions, three-dimensional characters and accessible prose, ‘The Desolate Garden’ can be thoroughly enjoyed by a wide spectrum of readers. Danny Kemp is a British author new to the profession. A lover of cooking, gardening and rugby, “The Desolate Garden” is Kemp’s second novel. This gifted author is currently writing ‘Mitzy Collins”, a moralistic novel focused on the ripple-effect a teenage girl’s death has on those who knew her. Kemp resides in London with his wife, Patricia, and is presently a licensed taxi driver. Reviewer: Alison Griffith.

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About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp is a seventy-four-year-old member of The Society of Authors. He is also a bestselling writer. He writes stories that appeal to those who like challenging themselves to solve mysteries that are set out before their eyes. His introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic incident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for six years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All ten of his novels are now published by Next Chapter Publishing Company which has added an edition titled The Heirs And Descendants Collection, which holds all four books of that series, alongside an edition titled The Lies And Consequences Collection which contains all four volumes of that series. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed executive of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising his first novel. He likes to write quotes and it's on Goodreads where you can find them--- https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/list/72612151 An example of these quotes opens his novel--Once I Was A Soldier:--There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality. Less
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2 Responses to A Review!

  1. This reivew contains all the things I would have put in the review I wrote if I just could have figured out how to say it!

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