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, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller and in May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada and Australia. Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television in the UK.
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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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