Authors Showcase: A Brutal Trade by Faith Mortimer

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The Book: A Brutal Trade

The Author: Faith Mortimer

The Story: Even on a small island the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

It began like any normal day in Cyprus…except it wasn’t…the body of a woman brutally murdered and discovered in a shallow grave changes all that.

It is only days later when amateur sleuth, Diana Rivers and old flame, Chief Superintendent Adam Lovell discover a second female victim…only this time the discovery is even more chilling and shocks the island inhabitants.

Joining forces with local policeman, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades, the three embark on a journey which takes them on the fringes of humanity. Disturbing secrets are unearthed. They are on the hunt for killers who will stop at nothing in their hunt for one vital woman.

As the bodies mount up, the detectives ask themselves one question. What is the reason for the women’s’ deaths and their horrific mutilations?

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Diana finds herself exposed to great danger…in the sights of a lethal individual who’ll put a stop to her meddling. Each move could be deadly… vicious in its outcome…can the team bring a halt to this brutal trade?

About Faith Mortimer:

Faith Mortimer
Faith Mortimer

Faith is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she turned her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, she dreamed of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which she read to her sisters. Born in Manchester & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.

Review by Relax and Read Reviews:

Just wow! I’ve finished reading this book and am still recovering from the fast-paced breathtaking events taking place towards the end.

I would like to thank the author, Faith Mortimer, for sending me an ARC of her latest book – the 7th Diana Rivers thriller – to read and review .

Diana lives with her husband Steve in Agios Mamas, a tiny mountain village in Cyprus. She’s neither a police officer nor a private investigator, just a normal ex-pat who loves to stick her nose in when crimes need solving .

Asian-looking women are being murdered and mutilated, their bodies buried in shallow graves or dumped in the countryside. With a serial killer on the loose, Sergeant Yiannis Loukiades is entrusted with the investigation. He is joined by Adam Lovell, a British Chief Superintendent. Who is murdering these women? And why? How come the victims are all Asians?

When Mali, a Thai woman working for Diana is stalked by two strange men, Diana fears for her maid’s safety and decides to take action. She joins Yiannis and Adam in the investigation and uses her house as a meeting base.

An international ring of human trafficking is then uncovered. By the end, the ring’s affairs turn out to be far more sinister than first thought. But who’s the ringleader ? And how can the investigators ever get to the filthy rich top brass of the operation?

I’ve read many positive reviews about the Diana Rivers series and now that I’ve read this book, I really feel ashamed of myself that this is just the first one I’ve read. Though there are hints of past cases and side stories , this doesn’t prevent the reader from enjoying the book to the full, so it may well be read as a stand-alone thriller.

I can only describe this book as ‘rich’: rich in vivid descriptions, rich in strong, likable characters, rich in realistic dialogue and rich in action. Not mentioning Faith’s exquisite writing which makes the words just fl ow by, immersing the reader in the story. I liked the general setting and mood of the book. The suspense grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t leave me until I reached the final OMG twist and confrontation.

Well, I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it. If this thriller is anything to go by, I’m sure I’ll have a great time reading the rest of the series . Well done Faith, I love your book and I love Diana Rivers – she’s ace!

By sarah hardy:

Due to the nature of the story I found A Brutal Trade to be a dark and chilling read.

For a small island, Cyprus certainly seems to get more than its fair share of crime taking place on it.

Faith does a great job in describing the surrounding areas of which ever country Diana is currently in. She cleverly draws the readers in so much so that they will be gripped throughout the story. There are a few familiar characters from previous books, though even if you haven’t read the other six books in the series, A Brutal Trade can easily be read as a stand alone.

For me I have seen a change in this series of books, where as the books to start with are very much murder/mystery/suspense novels, the more recent ones are starting to feel like a crime thriller. The crimes are getting more horrific, though they are very true to life of what is sadly still going on in today’s world. A Brutal Trade certainly makes for a thrilling read with a couple of twists in there as well.

A Brutal Trade is going to certainly wow readers and I reckon Diana Rivers will be getting even more fans after the newest edition in the series.

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