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A Field of Darkness (Madeline Dare Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    A smart, witty, great read

    In A Field of Darkness Cornelia Read gives the reader a lot more than a wonderful mystery thriller that keeps us guessing up to the last pages. Her protagonist, Madeline Dare, is compelling ¿ a quirky, gutsy, smart-as-hell woman who lives in un-glamorous Syracuse in the shadow of once-great family wealth. In addition to a gritty and intense plot Read¿s writing is peppered with precise social observations that bring to mind Tom Wolfe and Jay McInerney and a poet¿s ability at stunning metaphor. All in all, a great debut.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific chick lit amateur sleuth

    In 1988 coming from Long Island affluence, though the poorer side of the extended family, Madeline Dare surprises her family and fiends when she marries railroad worker Dean Bauer and moves to his hometown of Syracuse, New York. Madeline struggles with her venture outside of civilization especially since her spouse is on the road, make that the rails, in Canada a lot. While Dean is away from home, Madeline writes fluffy articles for the Syracuse Weekly newspaper. --- Madeline visits Dean¿s family farm. Her father-in-law shows her the dog tags of Lapthorne Townsend, her favorite cousin from the Oyster Bay, Long Island kin, that he discovered in a field in which two unidentified girls were found murdered with their throats cut in 1969. With a need to prove Lapthorne¿s innocence, Madeline investigates the cold case homicides. --- A FIELD OF DARKNESS is a terrific chick lit amateur sleuth starring a delightful in your face protagonist on a crusade to prove her relative could not have killed anyone two decades ago. The story line is filled with plausible twists as the heroine stumbles, rumbles, and tumbles her investigation. Madeline¿s asides on social issues add to the fun of a wonderful tale ably augmented by strong support characters who mange to bring the best and worst, most times both of magnificent Madeline. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Fun, interesting mystery novel

    I think this would make an amazing movie. Great mystery without getting too heavy. Well written, you easily connect with main character, and being from WNY, reading about the area was a lot of fun. There were enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but enough information to keep your own theories alive. I truly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    I slammed through her whole trilogy in weird order

    Excellent with well developed persona

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