Apologies, but this review should have been published yesterday. Technical issues and me being in hospital resulted in it not doing as planned. For this I apologise, but here is my 5 star review for this fantastic book!
Blogtour – Tuesday 26th November
I have a fantastic review to bring you today – spoiler free, of course – today I bring you a story set in 1841 North West England and told from the point of view of the main character, Josiah Ainscough. This murder mystery was enthralling and riveting from the very first page and I cant wait to tell you more about it.
But obviously, first I must mention the two people who invited me onto this tour.
Big shout out to our Blog Host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources (https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/) and to the wonderful author, Paul CW Beatty (https://twitter.com/cw_beatty)
I have said it before and I will say it again, a good book cover always stirs my curiosity and this is no exception.
I want to dive straight into my review, but first I want to introduce you to our author, and the book bio. Take a peek at the man who created this thrilling story.
About the Author
Paul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities, a few years ago he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.
His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd.
Paul lives near Manchester in the northwest of England. Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis know as the City of Manchester.
Social Media – https://twitter.com/cw_beatty
About the Book
Can Josiah solve the puzzle before more people die, or is he out of his depth?
In 1841, at the height of the industrial revolution in the North West of England, Josiah Ainscough returns from his travels and surprises everyone by joining the Stockport Police Force, rather than following his adopted father’s footsteps into the Methodist ministry.
While Josiah was abroad, five men died in an explosion at the Furness Vale Powder Mill. Was this an accident or did the Children of Fire, a local religious community, have a hand in it. As Josiah struggles to find his vocation, his investigation into the Children of Fire begins. But his enquiries are derailed by the horrific crucifixion of the community’s leader.
Now Josiah must race against time to solve the puzzle of the violence loose in the Furness Vale before more people die. This is complicated by his affections for Rachael, a leading member of the Children of Fire, and the vivacious Aideen Hayes, a visitor from Ireland.
Can Josiah put together the pieces of the puzzle, or is he out of his depth? Children of Fire won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Prize for 2017
I loved Josiah’s character. I loved reading a book set in 1841. And I loved how this murder mystery kept guessing with every turn of the page.
There is a lot to Josiah’s chracter and it is interesting to find out about him as we read into the story. There are many characters, who help to create a full rich story that flows brilliantly. There are many twists and turns which kept me reading late into the night. I was amazed when I had finished the entire book within 2 days, a sure sign that I loved every second!
I applaud Paul Beatty for his research skills as the historical detail was amazing… and it created interesting, thought provoking moments which helped to give the story a full body. I was impressed with the story and satisfied with the conclusion.
This book was very enjoyable from start to finish.
I have said this before too – I am now adding Paul CW Beatty to my author follow list. He is definitely one to watch. I enjoyed this story, and look forward to reading more from this author in the future. Fantastic storytelling!
Rating – 5 out of 5