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Blood from Stone [Paperback]

Frances Fyfield

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (March 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847440754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847440754
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #980,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A genuinely original and imaginative writer, [Fyfield] offers a fascinating read... An admirable crime novel Literary Review Fyfield is routinely and rightly praised for her elegant prose... What doesn't get mentioned so often is that when it comes to the dissection of the human spirit, she is the most brutal scalpel-wielder we have...one of Highsmith's true heirs The Guardian Blood From Stone has all the complexity you'd expect from this award-winning grande dame of crime fiction - she's up there with Rendell, James, McDermid and Walters... Simply terrific Observer As always, Fyfield leaves her readers with shivers that take a long time to go away' The Times 'Among her myriad literary skills, Frances Fyfield is adept at creating blood-chilling psychopaths. Like her American predecessor Patricia Highsmith, she takes us deep into their twisted psychology'

About the Author

Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, a trade she has used to huge success in many of her novels. She lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the Silver Dagger.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a traditional murder mystery... more psychological drama March 30 2014
By Albion by the Sea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Heartless attorney commits suicide.. why? A well written and intriguing story that becomes a bit of a page turner. I am surprised this book won the CWA dagger for best crime book of the year when published. A good read.. but not great.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review Jan. 22 2014
By Monica Fellowes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Henrietta Joyce and her family are still recovering from her sister's trial as a victim of kidnap and abuse which led to her suicide. Marianne Shearer, the defending attorney, of the assailant, Rick Boyd, has apparently just committed suicide. Fellow attorneys, Thomas and Peter investigate the death.

Multiple mysteries and intrigues are layered into the narrative surrounding both the trial and attorney suicide, yet the author does a remarkable job of bringing a sense of closure and tying up major loose ends.

There is some graphically described violence that may not be suitable for all readers, but it is no more, and in some cases less, than certain graphic novels/comics. It is also not done for the sake of gore but for the sake of the story and portrayal of the plot/characters.

Intense descriptions of items, scenery, thoughts, etc go into much of the narrative allowing for an understanding of the character whose point of view the story is currently being told from. The story is told from multiple points of view, yet there are no awkward shifts between characters or places. The narrative is free flowing, expressive, with drama, action, much emotion, and heart.

Overall, a compelling read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Evil Villain Dec 23 2013
By Barbara J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Frances Fyfield, a attorney in England, has written a long list of novels but this one is my own itroduction to her work. It won't be the last one I read; I'm very impressed with her style, her characters, and her plot.

This is quite a mystery. You learn a little at a time about the background of the lawyer who has jumped from a hotel balcony in a bright red skirt, She had recently successfully defended a man accused of rape, torture, and kidnapping. Unfortunately, his victim had been so destroyed by him and his lawyer that she committed suicide during the trial. Afterward, the lawyer threatened to write a book telling the whole truth. Her client was a horrible man, guilty as sin, who needed to find and destroy any information she had.

You meet her sister and parents and many other characters that you begin to feel you've known forever. The sister, Henrietta, is called Hen. She knows more about fabrics and fashion than anyone and makes her living sewing, designing and/or redesigning clothes, and cleaning stains from them. She loves to take a still serviceable but outdated garment and make another out of it. She tried to save her sister Angel but was unable to.

Descriptions of places, Hen's living quarters, a museum, the parents' home, and a, for lack of a better term, love nest are fascinating. Having said that, I do believe that you will either fall under the spell and love this book, or find it much too slow.

The bad guy in this story is one of the most truly evil villains I've ever read about. Thinking of him still gives me the creeps. I guess it's kind of a delicious creepiness.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood From Stone Dec 16 2013
By Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Blood From Stone is a riveting crime thriller set in London that follows the unraveling of an intricate web of secrets and search for the truth behind ruthless criminal defense attorney Marianne Shearer's apparent suicide. After successfully defending a man accused of the kidnap, rape and torture of women in a high profile case, Marianne leaps to her death from a sixth floor balcony of a Kensington hotel. What would cause this cold-hearted and ruthlessly successful attorney to kill herself? This was the question that prompts her colleague Peter Friel to search for the answer with his own investigation into Marianne's private life, an investigation that will uncover coincidences and clever clues that will connect the threads in the intricate web that would eventually lead to her death.

Blood From Stone is an multi-layered intricate psychological crime tale that takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride. Author Frances Fyfield weaves a chilling tale that easily draws the reader into the story as an amateur sleuth trying to figure out why Marianne would end her life.

This compelling story has a large cast of characters whose lives intertwine and connects with enough coincidences and secrets that keeps the readers on their toes. There is a lot of suspenseful twists and turns interwoven with cleverly placed clues throughout the story that makes the many coincidences the primary essence behind the mystery of Marianne's death. The investigation into Marianne's private life will reveal a troubled woman's inability to deal with her conscience from the ruthless choices she made in her professional life, while also uncovering the truth from her last case.

Blood From Stone is a riveting crime thriller that is simply hard to put down.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fyfield at her best. Dec 9 2013
By M. Graff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fyfield's complex plot and rich characterizations make this an irresistible read. For fans of her Helen West of Sarah Fortune series, this is a stand-alone every bit as good and not to be missed. This won the Duncan Laurie Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association and totally deserved it.
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