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At once sexy and thrilling, These Violent Delights sets the stage for deadly romance and chilling mystery. Beautiful actress, Anastasia Day, is a prisoner in her dead husband’s castle, trapped by her fears of the outside world. As plans unfold for the 20th anniversary re-release of her most famous movie, Trystan & Isolde, she realizes how many members of the cast & crew have met untimely deaths. Can Anastasia face her agonizing terror and discover what really happened during the turbulent filming of...
At once sexy and thrilling, These Violent Delights sets the stage for deadly romance and chilling mystery. Beautiful actress, Anastasia Day, is a prisoner in her dead husband’s castle, trapped by her fears of the outside world. As plans unfold for the 20th anniversary re-release of her most famous movie, Trystan & Isolde, she realizes how many members of the cast & crew have met untimely deaths. Can Anastasia face her agonizing terror and discover what really happened during the turbulent filming of the steamy movie? Can she stop the murderer before the re-release reunion becomes everyone’s final curtain? Written by best-selling author Sharon Linnea, These Violent Delights will leave the reader breathless … until the next Movie Mystery.
"This delicious confection from veteran thriller writer Linnéa (Chasing Eden) oozes romantic suspense. Movie buffs will enjoy the backstory and romance readers the tangled romantic web. To boot, there are plenty of red herrings and creepy suspects for mystery fans. Darken the lights, bring out the popcorn, and enjoy."—Library Journal
"The forthcoming 20th anniversary reunion of the cast of the classic film Tristan and Isolde in the U.K. provides the backdrop for Linnéa’s extravagantly romantic first in a new movie mystery series...Skillfully interwoven flashbacks detail the filming and the professional and personal jealousies as well as emotional entanglements that roiled the cast." —Publisher's Weekly
"Linnea branches out with a new Movie Mystery series. Flashing between the past and present, the story charts events and relationship dramas that surrounded the filming of the movie Tristan and Isolde, some of which have lead to murder. Great characterization and twisty surprises add up to an excellent mystery. For Anastasia Day Huntington, the widowed Duchess of Esmonde, the upcoming re-release of her debut film, Tristan and Isolde, is a bittersweet reminder of things lost. However, upon learning of the sudden death of a friend and former crew member, Anastasia suddenly realizes the number of those associated with the film who have met untimely deaths is frighteningly high. Could some of these deaths actually have been murders? Concerned and fighting agoraphobia, Anastasia reaches out to an old friend, screenwriter Bruce Amerman. When Bruce accepts her premise regarding the deaths, they must figure out the killer’s identity before the gala reunion!" —Romantic Times Book Reivew
"Linnea delivers a romantic suspense novel in which the fatal triangle that ensnared Tristan, Isolde and King Mark is reflected in that which ensnare the three movie stars, making the two tragedies seem equally inevitable." —Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"Behind the magic delights of the movies lie passions that lead to murder. The characters will haunt you long after you turn the final page."—Rebecca Cantrell, award-winning author of the Hannah Vogel novels
"A haunting fairy tale of filmmaking...It gets The Movies right - from glittery surface to sinister undertow."—Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Cape Fear and Nightmare on Elm Street
Posted July 2, 2014
Although These Violent Delights has a slow start, the novel is full of love, murder, and betrayal, enough to keep you on your toes. The intermittent flashbacks really will you decide whether or not you sympathize with Anastasia, the main character.
As a mystery genre, it has an unexpected and an overall fulfilling ending. (I did not expect the mastermind of the murders to be that certain character!) The sheer amount of characters can confuse the story, especially at the beginning.
Posted September 12, 2013
I love a good mystery, and a great romance, and this book was both! The author had me guessing "who dun it" from the first page. I loved how it traveled back and forth in time--getting to know the characters in their prime , and to be on the set when they were making their classic film, was completely engaging--and would have been, even if you weren't looking for clues.
If you want a first rate mystery, or to fall in love with a group of characters, give THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS a try.