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HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mira Kolar-Brown
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Produktbeschreibungen

Kurzbeschreibung

The first book in the Simon Grant Mysteries series. A police procedural in form, psychological drama in content, literary fiction in style, a thriller and romance at heart.
The entire series is set in the county of Northamptonshire, UK. The peaceful rural landscape is at odds with the turbulent lives of its inhabitants.
During the six hours of being held hostage by the killer of three people, Simon Grant and his love interest Emma Martin relive their lives, their relationship and the last week of the investigation into the murders.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Mira Kolar-Brown was born and educated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She came to the UK in 1977 and has considered it her home ever since. She worked as tutor at two universities and as a project manager for an NGO and a QUANGO. Upon early retirement, she has been working as a translator and interpreter for the public sector. This offers ample opportunities for research into the work of police, welfare system, courts, immigration and health organisations. This first hand knowledge and experience proved invaluable in writing mystery novels. She lives in the north-west if England and has two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren. Hiding the Elephant is the first novel in the Simon Grant Mysteries series.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 884 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 377 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1461195977
  • Verlag: Goodwill Publishing; Auflage: 2 (21. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004XR0AU6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #306.853 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

I'm the author of the Simon Grant Mysteries series. The first two, HIDING THE ELEPHANT and LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS, are already available on Amazon Kindle. The third one, FOR THE LOVE OF HONEY, will appear later in the year.

I have also written two stories for children, TIMBUKTU, THE PERMANENT DOG and A SOLEMN PROMISE.

I live in the UK, near Manchester. I have two grownup daughters and two grandchildren.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An intricate and stimulating thriller! 7. Mai 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mira Kolar-Brown has created a fabulously intricate mystery that will keep you reading until you find out whodunit. Which will not happen until you reach the end!

Inspector Simon Grant finds himself outwitted by a killer, and tells us the story of how he got himself into this predicament. His tale is revealed through a series of flashbacks that are maddeningly deceptive and vague enough to throw you off the track every time you think you've figured out what's going on. Red herrings abound as you follow the convoluted trail to one scenario after the other.

Beautifully crafted - an impressive work by Ms. Brown, and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. Well done!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Read 4. Januar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A good all round read!
I confess I don't normally read this genre; but after hearing so much about the book I decided to give it a try.
I'm so pleased that I did!
Yes, it does makes you concentrate; this in my view is an excellent thing.
There are flashbacks but these only add to the story.
I found myself wanting to know more and more as the story progressed.
All in all, Hiding the Elephant is a brilliant read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mira Kolar-Brown is Deceitful 1. Mai 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
That's not criticism. It's praise.
Mira Kolar-Brown is a mystery writer.
And deceit in a mystery writer isn't a vice; it's a virtue.

It's no fun, for a mystery reader, to figure out who the murderer is by page fifty.
One of the obligations of a mystery writer is to keep mystery readers guessing.
And that, folks, is something that Ms. Kolar-Brown is really, really good at.

Want some proof of her capacity for duplicity?
Read Hiding the Elephant.
I'm willing to bet you won't hit on the murderer before you hit the last chapter.
And, as an extra zinger, there's even a revelation in the book's final paragraph.

Hiding the Elephant begins with Kolar-Brown's protagonist, Detective Inspector Simon Grant, being held at gunpoint by a murderer. The cops have nicknamed the killer Dancer. They have their reasons for the sobriquet, but so does the author: it enables her to conceal the sex of the killer.

Flashback: a plumber arrives and discovers Frances Swan, dead in her home. Dancer's victim is single, twenty-four years old, fairly well-to-do and an orphan who lives alone. Her throat has been cut, her fingers, ears and some of her hair chopped off. The area around her body shows signs of being staged. The forensics people discover that someone else has been sleeping under her roof, but in a separate bed.

In the days that follow, the mysteries continue to pile up: a small child has been killed by a hit-and-run driver. Is there a connection? The wife of the local veterinarian, a friend of the victim, takes off on a relief mission to Bosnia and disappears. (It is 1992, and the war is in full swing.) Is she a victim of the same or a different killer? A man is stabbed. Before dying, he utters some cryptic last words.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mira Kolar-Brown is Deceitful 4. Mai 2011
Von Leighton D. Gage - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
That's not criticism. It's praise.
Mira Kolar-Brown is a mystery writer.
And deceit in a mystery writer isn't a vice; it's a virtue.

It's no fun, for a mystery reader, to figure out who the murderer is by page fifty.
One of the obligations of a mystery writer is to keep mystery readers guessing.
And that, folks, is something that Ms. Kolar-Brown is really, really good at.

Want some proof of her capacity for duplicity?
Read Hiding the Elephant.
I'm willing to bet you won't hit on the murderer before you hit the last chapter.
And, as an extra zinger, there's even a revelation in the book's final paragraph.

Hiding the Elephant begins with Kolar-Brown's protagonist, Detective Inspector Simon Grant, being held at gunpoint by a murderer. The cops have nicknamed the killer Dancer. They have their reasons for the sobriquet, but so does the author: it enables her to conceal the sex of the killer.

Flashback: a plumber arrives and discovers Frances Swan, dead in her home. Dancer's victim is single, twenty-four years old, fairly well-to-do and an orphan who lives alone. Her throat has been cut, her fingers, ears and some of her hair chopped off. The area around her body shows signs of being staged. The forensics people discover that someone else has been sleeping under her roof, but in a separate bed.

In the days that follow, the mysteries continue to pile up: a small child has been killed by a hit-and-run driver. Is there a connection? The wife of the local veterinarian, a friend of the victim, takes off on a relief mission to Bosnia and disappears. (It is 1992, and the war is in full swing.) Is she a victim of the same or a different killer? A man is stabbed. Before dying, he utters some cryptic last words. What do they mean?

As Grant unravels the crime, Kolar-Brown unravels Grant.
The Inspector has issues with his boss and his wife.
He has relationship problems with his politically-engaged parents.
He is haunted by a traumatic event from his university years.
And he is deeply in love with his wife's sister.

All of this just for starters. There's more, much more.

Hiding the Elephant isn't just another crime novel.
It's a complex, engaging, seriously good book.

Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring 14. Februar 2013
Von Duncan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Hiding the Elephant by Mira Kolar-Brown. Strictly speaking, the work is a murder mystery, yet the manner on which the story is told gives it incredible depth.

The setting constitues a "frame" wherein the telling of the story itself is legitimized. The author artfully defines the impact of the entire story in the frame, which is something of an innovative approach. Focus is drawn to many elements seeming at first extraneous and for a moment or two tedious. The author placed not a single word in the work extraneously and the rich, in-depth color and grit of the lives involved are very skillfully brought together into the frame by the story's end. The story is not told strictly in chronological order. Instead, suspense and wonder not unlike the art of the abstract impressionist or the postmodernist, are utilized to draw focus away from critical elements and back to them to create a "context" through which they might be fully appreciated. Perhaps the best effect in this work, and one I personally look for in outstanding work, is that remaining impact months after reading it. Good literature should not be a flash of color, emotion and adventure then easily forgotten. It should have the ability to "sneak up on you," and surprise you later. M. Kolar-Brown's book Hinding the Elephant fits the bill.

This is an excellent book, artfully crafted with language to keep you coming back for more. Riveting. I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Complex Whodunnit! 1. August 2011
Von Ron Chicaferro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still recovering from reading Hiding The Elephant by Mira Kolar-Brown. It was such a wonderfully complex murder mystery that it left me exhausted - but wanting more!

There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist, Dectective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer. Told through the use of flash-backs the story encircles the reader. A story not just about who the killer might be but also about what makes Simon Grant the way he is. Grant, along with every other character in the book, are richly peeled apart like an onion. You'll be driven mad trying to figure out who the killer is - and you won't figure it out until the last page is read!

Its maddeningly entertaining!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Engrossing tale of Britain 25. Juni 2012
Von Patricia Hester - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
When Inspector Simon Grant is assigned a case of murder on his home turf, he has no forewarning of how deeply he will involve family and friends in his investigation. As Grant attempts to sort out idiosyncrasies in his personal life - a wife who has absconded to London, a sister-in-law who is too attractive for him to ignore, and village politics with class interplays - his coworkers have his back.

Mira Brown gives us a look into a small English village, complete with manor house and mill, landed and common folk, gardens and country roads. She keeps her readers guessing as each suspect is brought onto the stage. Her subtle play with parallel relationships and class structures adds to the atmosphere of this very British work.

While I was able to guess the motive behind the murder, the culprit remained a mystery to the end.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Confused 6. September 2012
Von bookamo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Although I read the entire book as I wanted to know 'who dunnit', I was irritated by the skipping about on the time line of the story. Several times I restarted some chapters unsure of where I was in the plot. The use of this ploy can be very effective, but I felt it was overdone.
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