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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