Deadly Thyme

Deadly Thyme

by R. L. Nolen

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Desperate to escape her dangerous husband, Ruth flees Texas for a small village on the coast of Cornwall when her daughter Annie was two. Living under assumed names, Ruth and Annie have managed to create a sense of security in the ten years they’ve lived in sleepy Perrin's Point. But when Annie is kidnapped from the beach one day, Ruth’s life is thrown into a tailspin. And when a child’s body washes up on the shore wearing Annie’s clothes, all assume the worst. Meanwhile a killer prepares to lure Ruth into the web of lies he's created to finally rid himself of his mother's vicious ghost. 

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BN ID: 2940152694734
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 715,797
File size: 883 KB

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R. L. Nolen lives in Texas with ferocious mutt and a fat cat.

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Deadly Thyme 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Deadly Thyme” deserves a grade of A+! In my review of R.L. Nolen’s “Deadly Thyme,” I will not talk about the story line because it is documented by others. Instead, I will talk about the author’s writing and style. Because of my expertise, I am interested in Deadly Thyme’s writing mechanics including character development, language, and length and development of chapters. However, before I begin my review, I would like to say this genre is not my usual type of read. I was introduced to DT because of a friend. It is my desire to support Houston’s local authors as I’m a native Texan and current Houston resident. The content and story line of DT is certainly timely. This is illustrative from the daily local and world news events and from the popularity of the pursuit of immortality TV. For me and because of its length, the book was not a sit-down-and-read-it-in-one-sitting book. I took my time to read it carefully to study and digest its contents. The book is an excellent read from a content and mechanics standpoint. The book is also an excellent read from a creative standpoint. I would recommend it without reservation. After this first introduction to the author, it is my intent to read more of the author’s books, if not all of them.  Now, for my comments. The title “Deadly Thyme” was intriguing but a good choice. The title piqued my interest and I kept it in my mind until the reason for the title was revealed. The dedication was to the author’s mother. I’m always interested in the book’s dedications because, if read carefully, you can learn about the author. In the Acknowledgements, I learned more about the author and some of the book’s authenticity and development. The location and some of the characters of the book are based on actual places and composites of people.  The book was divided into weeks and I especially liked the way the author used the week sequences, Time Is, Time Was, and Time’s Past. The length of the book was 394 pages. The chapters were approximately 7-10 pages each and there were approximately 20 chapters in each Time sequence. I did not set out to read casually or quickly; I began my read as a study. Reading only a chapter at one sitting allowed me to reflect on what I was reading and what I had just read. I did not rush to the end “cheating” myself of the author’s journey to find the perpetrator. I read from front to end unhurriedly and with careful attention to the words used by the author and the words used by the book’s characters.   The characters in DT are totally believable. As the events unfolded, I began to feel I knew each character and their actions and language gave insight into their personality. The language used by the characters was also believable. The local English dialect of Cornwall was used sparingly and for purpose but not overused. The “Texas” dialect of one of the characters was also used sparingly and to enhance the character’s personality. As a grammarian, I look at words, word usage, and punctuation. I am impressed with the author in the way words were used in descriptions, in characters’ language, and in dialog between the characters. There were a few times my vocabulary was increased due to the author’s vocabulary but not to the point of being disruptive. DT is a book written for adults because of its content. I would not recommend DT for teens but mature young adults (age 18 on), I feel, could read without consequence if the book’s premise was known beforehand. The book is an investigative crime novel with crimes having been committed in the past and with a crime currently being investigated.  Final comments: Because of the author’s attention to detail, I believe it would be possible to enter a room and be able to identify each character by observing their physical description, actions, and language. Additionally, because of the way the story line unfolds, I could easily envision DT as an actual  movie.  The book is well written and I would not hesitate to recommend it. I give this book an A+!  Dr. Ann Brown
Jewels_D More than 1 year ago
Deadly Thyme was such a page turner for me.... I’ve never read a book quite like it.... it brings you in and you get to know each character so well... but brings mystery as well. Very great book, I’d recommend to anyone who loves a great mystery . I loved how it highlighted places with such great detail, it really took me there!! I am now reading “The Dry” by Rebecca Nolan as well.... I’m really enjoying her work, I would suggest reading her other books too!
LauraLaura More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after hearing RL Nolan speak at an MWA meeting in Houston. I was intrigued by the book's beautiful cover and interesting title. I've never read British mysteries before, but the creative storyline and descriptive passages led me on a tour through a sleepy coastal town, throwing out many red herrings in my path to deter finding out 'who done it' too soon in this psychological thriller. I could feel the sea spray from the jagged cliffs and smell the stale ale in the ambiance of the cozy local pub. RL Nolen leaves the reader wondering who's on first until the very end. A methodical character building thriller.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite A mother knows things that simply cannot be explained. That is why Ruth Butler refuses to believe her daughter, Annie, is dead. In Deadly Thyme by R.L. Nolen, a clandestine police investigation turns into a hunt for a multiple murderer as the body of a young girl is discovered. This leads to the identification of other missing persons going back many years. Police Detective Inspector Jon Graham tries to quietly slip into Perrin’s Point for an internal investigation, but a fender bender changes that plan. As he takes his place in town, living in a caravan in another officer’s garden supposedly as his cousin on holiday, the mystery heats up. Trying to put the pieces together is difficult when there are so many secrets to hide, but their determination and hard work force the killer into making some mistakes. Is Ruth’s conviction based at all on truth or will Jon discover that the worst has, in fact, come to pass? Hauntingly beautiful scenery and seaside charm provide the setting for Deadly Thyme by R.L. Nolen. A quaint village in Cornwall is the final resting place for a number of victims of a serial killer with unresolved issues. With new discoveries at every turn, this mystery keeps you turning the pages, anxious to find out what happens next when so many people are not who they seem to be. Nolen uses the history and geography of the area to great advantage and captures the ambiance of the small town as the ‘outsider’ tries to make sense of what is going on.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Deadly Thyme is an engrossing mystery novel by R.L. Nolen. Former Texan Ruth Butler relocates to Perrin's Point, England, after an empowered break from her husband in a bid to protect Annie, her beloved daughter. A decade passes and Ruth and Annie settle into their new lives, until the fateful day when Annie suddenly vanishes. Unable to investigate openly and risk deportation, Ruth enlists the help of Detective Inspector Jon Graham who is in the area on an unrelated case. The search for Annie leads the duo to gruesome finds and sinister plots, not least of which is the connection to a bizarre, disturbed soul who fixates on Ruth as a new incarnation of his deceased mother. Fans of small town dramas are sure to be sucked into this little Cornish village, with its creepy caves and bodies washing up on the beach. R.L. Nolen crafts a suspenseful mystery with superb prose, and I was delighted by the way the villain’s herbaceous clues connected with the novel’s title. Flowing expertly and with diligent detectives and unexpected plot twists, I daresay that Nolen is my modern day Agatha Christie, long searched for and finally found. Deadly Thyme is an incredibly compelling read with realistic emotional impact, descriptive attention to detail, and a portrayal of unsettling true evil that will stay with me for quite some time yet. I absolutely devoured this book, and I’d highly recommend it to mystery readers looking for dark drama, well crafted characters and a genuinely surprising and original plot line.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a highly suspenseful thrill ride of a read, author R.L. Nolen gives her readers a wonderful novel in Deadly Thyme. In it, the reader meets Ruth Butler and her daughter Annie. Ruth fled Texas for a small town in southern England when Annie was just a baby, desperate to escape her dangerous husband. Living under assumed names, Ruth and Annie have managed to create a sense of security in the ten years they’ve lived in sleepy Perrin's Point. But when Annie is kidnapped from the beach one day, Ruth’s life is thrown into an absolute tailspin. And when a child’s body washes up on the shore wearing Annie’s clothes, all assume the little girl has been killed. But the child is not Annie, and Ruth will not rest until she finds her. Enlisting the help of Inspector Jon Graham, a detective who is only in town as an undercover agent working on another crime, Ruth is prepared to do anything to save her child. Fantastic! That is the best word I can use to describe Deadly Thyme. This is a unique and exciting read and will keep the reader guessing to the very end, something that’s becoming more and more unusual in the mystery genre these days. Author R.L. Nolen is clearly a very gifted author, and one who is quite skilled at creating characters and scenarios that will hook her readers and keep them sucked in from the very first page to the last. Mystery lovers and lovers of thrillers or suspense will want to pick up this book, and will probably want to add author R.L. Nolen to their list of favorite authors soon after.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Deadly Thyme by R.L. Nolen is a suspenseful fiction story that starts with a beautifully described village, Perrin's Point, in southern England. The cast of well described characters includes single mom Ruth Butler, who brought her daughter Annie to Perrin's Point ten years ago to escape a dangerous relationship with her father. When Annie disappears on the beach one morning, the town believes Annie's playfulness led to her tragic death. But Ruth refuses to believe her daughter is dead. She connects with Jon Graham, an undercover detective who can't help Ruth openly because it might blow his cover. Nevertheless, the two embark on a dark and twisted journey that conjures horrible descriptions of madmen, lunatics, and murders. Ruth believes with Jon's help she can save Annie, but, like the rest of the town, Jon wonders if they have already run out of time. This book was very dark, but also an interesting mystery. The darkness of the mystery and the grisly murders was very intense and will keep readers turning the pages to discover the character's secrets. But the author did a good job of balancing the darkness of the crime and criminals with the engaging and interesting secondary characters and setting. The story depicts beautifully the small English town, the local inhabitants, and accurately describes the police. The characters are all very well described and make this story what it is, a nice balance of funny and interesting with dark and scary.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Whoa! That’s exactly the word I thought when I finished reading Deadly Thyme, the absolutely riveting and action packed new book by R.L. Nolen. Follow the story of protagonist Ruth Butler as she flees Texas and her abusive husband to protect her baby daughter, Annie. They manage to live a careful, but safe life for ten years in Perrin's Point, a seaside village in the south of England. But when Annie goes missing, and most suspect, and for good reason, that she has been kidnapped and killed by a serial killer, Ruth’s idyllic life is shattered. Ruth refuses to believe that Annie is dead, and finds an ally in Inspector Jon Graham, seemingly the only person willing to help her find her daughter. Challenged by their circumstances - Ruth is living under an alias and needs to keep her whereabouts a secret, and Inspector Graham needs to keep his identity a secret so as not to blow his cover in another case - the pair desperately search for Ruth’s little girl, and can only hope they won’t be too late. I loved this book. Loved. It. Mysteries are some of my very favorite books, but I find that I can often solve them quite quickly, only finishing the book to find out if I was right. Not so with Deadly Thyme. Author R.L. Nolen’s work had me sucked in from the very beginning, and I simply could not stop reading until I reached the very end, with not a clue as to who the villain might be. R.L Nolen has done a great job in creating interesting characters, great scenes, and a simply exciting and thrilling read. Any reader who enjoys mysteries, action, adventure, thrillers, suspense or just a great read in general would love Deadly Thyme. I highly recommend this book, and also will be adding author R.L. Nolen to my short list of must-read authors.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review When I began reading this book I thought it was just another book.  Was I ever wrong.   This book is such a page turner it's unbelievable.   Once you begin to read it you will not be able to put it done until you finish it.  It is about a woman and her daughter who are being watched  by a person unknown to them.  He sees Ruth (the mother) and believes it is his mother.  He decides he must kill her.  He takes her  daughter without actually planning to.  His "mother" continuously speaks to him and he continues to argue with her.  During the search for  Annie (the daughter) several other girls' bodies are found.  Other murders are committed also.  There are so many twists and turns in this  story that to tell you more I would ruin your reading of this book.  It is truly a HAVE TO read.  I gave it 5 stars but it really needs more than  10.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  I look forward to seeing more works by R.L. Nolen.
Splatland More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deadly Thyme was a lovely way to spend a Saturday. The first chapter draws you in with the kidnapping and subsequent events that transpire. The characters and plot are nicely developed and if you enjoy a suspenseful read, I recommend this book to you. The speech patterns in the UK are different from the patterns of American speech. That proved a distraction to me. Otherwise, the book is well done and I look forward to reading more from this author!