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The Loyal Servant: A Very British Political Thriller (Angela Tate Investigations Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eva Hudson
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Winner of the Lucy Cavendish Prize for fiction, The Loyal Servant is a fast-paced murder mystery and chart-topping political thriller.

"A brilliantly-paced thriller... Perfectly balanced between character and plot. Very gripping and suspenseful" - Sophie Hannah

Caroline Barber is a civil servant, busy at work trying to avoid being laid off and busy at home holding her noisy and demanding family together. Her dull daily routine is shattered when she discovers her boss - a senior politician - dead at his desk. Although the pills and whiskey bottle point to suicide, Caroline is certain he would never take his own life. 

Unable to accept the official version of events, she sets out to uncover the real reason the minister had to die and quickly discovers a web of secrets and lies spun by some very powerful men. Enlisting the help of a ruthless newspaper reporter, Caroline continues to dig, taking greater and greater risks until she uncovers a conspiracy shocking enough to bring down the government.

Out of her depth and putting the safety of her family in jeopardy, will Caroline get the chance to expose the corruption? Or will she be silenced for good?

A murder mystery with a killer twist: everything that happens to Caroline could happen to you. Anyone who's ever worked in an office should scroll up and download this book now. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. 

Praise for The Loyal Servant
"Deftly plotted, tightly paced and above all, very well written"
"Cracking fast paced crime thriller, with many twists and turns"
"A must read for any lover of thrillers, the fast pace and cliff hangers leave you unable to put it down"

EVA'S CRIME THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES IN ORDER

- The Loyal Servant (Angela Tate Book 1)
- The Senior Moment: A Highly Unconventional Heist Thriller
- The Deadly Silence (formerly The Third Estate) (Angela Tate Book 2)
- Run Girl (Ingrid Skyberg Prequel Novella)
- Fresh Doubt (Ingrid Skyberg Book 1)
- Kill Plan (Ingrid Skyberg Book 2)
- Deep Hurt (Ingrid Skyberg Book 3)

ABOUT EVA HUDSON

After years of enjoying thrillers and police procedurals by authors like Lee Child and Michael Connelly, Eva was inspired to write thrillers herself. In 2011 she won the inaugural Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for her first novel, The Loyal Servant.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Two Pies Press (Jan. 16 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZTMJ2S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story Feb. 1 2014
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This is a book I couldn't put down. It's so real that it's gripping. At the end- it leaves you wanting another sequel to this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 16 2014
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The plot is good, the characters true to life. However, a bit predictable . Not too exciting, but not dull either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 1 2014
By linda
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Kinda weird
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5.0 out of 5 stars the loyal servant May 17 2014
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really gripping and realistic. very scary, but has a satisfying end. some of the characters (PS Mills) made convenient entrances at just the right time (but not when or how you would expect the police to behave)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Political Thriller Dec 27 2011
By Diane Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
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British politics is difficult for an American to understand, but this author weaves a tale of political corruption that is believable and frightening in any country. Caroline is an ordinary working woman copes with discovering the "suicide" of a dear friend, the problems of raising three children, a husband who drinks too much, and a mother bent on protesting against projects her department handles. When a phony suicide note appears in the news and the new office administrators starts purging the office of anything related to her friend, she gets sucked into a one-woman investigation. As everything spirals out of control, Caroline uncovers ugly secrets in the government and in her own family that threaten her ordinary life. She must make difficult choices. This novel makes the reader think while rooting for the heroine to come out on top. It won an award for writing in England, and I recommend it hightly to American readers.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable read! Jan. 8 2012
By SKaye - Published on Amazon.com
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Our heroine Caroline is a complex character and a bit of a detective on the side. During the day she works long hours at a government office and runs home at night to care for her family - her alcoholic husband; an elderly mother who protests every imaginable cause, including the very office Caroline works at; three kids and a dog. Caroline has a strong sense of family and right and wrong, so when a close friend supposedly commits suicide, she doesn't believe it for a minute and decides to get to the truth and find the real cause of his death. It never occurs to her that she could be putting her life, or her family's lives into danger. And suddenly she doesn't know who she can trust and who she can not trust. And time is running out because someone doesn't want her talking.

This book is not your fast paced action/adventure, but rather an excellent drama which weaves it's tale and slowly draws you into it. It is written using British terms and phrases which at times caused me to wonder exactly what the author meant. However many of those terms have been used in American conversation before and shouldn't dissuade an interested reader. Nor in most cases is it impossible to grasp the meaning. Instead, use this as an interesting contrast and insight into the British way of thinking. If you love drama, give this book a chance. You'll find yourself caught up in the story and wondering how it will all end.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read April 24 2012
By Patg - Published on Amazon.com
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My usual genre is sci-fi but I really liked this book. It had a few typos/errors but not any more than a hard copy book. The book was well thought out - the author obviously started with a plot in mind - and well written. The main character and the newspaper reporter were both working women and I think a lot of woman can relate to both of them. The author seems to have a good feel for what a working mother goes through and how she can lose track of things - especially with 3 kids to take care of. The characters in the book are very well developed and you really get to know them. I really like books with characters who come alive and this author certainly is able to develop her characters thoroughly.

This is not just a book for working women, though, so don't overlook it if you do not fall into either of these categories. It's just a good read with a believable story and I really had a hard time putting it down until I was finished.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loyal Servant not all it could be Oct. 9 2013
By OkiesKid - Published on Amazon.com
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Author used "creationism" as a hook that did not work. Ended up being vague and not even near realistic in her plot. Actually, her plot was all over the place. She never pulled together the premise of a rich man building academies at government expense and the down fall of men that had acted evil since college days. Her use of the f word was gratuitous... often it destracted instead of adding to the story. The entire read was an effort. I am glad I didn't pay for the book. Sorry Eva, you can do better than this....
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Brit Lit" winner... Oct. 10 2012
By Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Published on Amazon.com
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I read numerous British mysteries/thrillers and political novels and enjoy them tremendously. This book was extremely well done and left me satisfied from beginning to end. Ms. Hudson does a masterful job of creating disparate threads which you know---somehow---will pull together amidst a storm of paranoia and conspiracy.

The author did a particularly good job with establishing and describing characters you love to hate and others that simply grow on you despite overwhelmingly brash personalities. Excellent political intrigue with corruption as a backdrop.

There are a number of underlying themes regarding alcoholism, sexual identity, ageism, etc. for which specifics would be labeled spoiler --- I will let future readers discover them on their own

My reason for dropping a star is the same old chestnut of grammatical and word misuse which has nothing to do with British idiom (although I scratched my head over the OAPs which google told me were Old Age Pensioners :-) and I am familiar with the alternate spellings of American English. My complaint stems from such things as palette for pallet, flack for flak, nervous tick for tic, their for they're, your for you're, LEXIS-NEXUS instead of NEXIS, compliment for complement, etc.

If you can ignore those things, the book should be a rewarding read. I would certainly look forward to other books by Eva Hudson.
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