“Deadly Thyme” is a very intense, thrilling read. From the opening pages when we meet little Annie Butler and witness her abduction, to the roller coaster ride of an ending, Ms. Nolen keeps the reader teetering on the edge of her seat!
Set in a sleepy seaside village in England, we are introduced to an eccentric cast of characters, many of who could be Annie’s abductor. Clues are dropped here and there and I kept wavering back and forth between the possible suspects, not knowing until the very end who the real villain was.
The writing is crisp and tight and the story progresses effortlessly. The villain of the piece is one of the most memorable and nasty that I have ever encountered in literature. The reader’s heart goes out to poor Annie, caught in his nefarious and deadly grasp.
This is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time and I am hopeful that Ms. Nolen will bring us back to Cornwall in the near future to let us in on the future adventures of Inspector Jon Graham! Highly recommended.
P.S. – Don’t you just love that cover!!!!!!!