The two halves of his world are about to collide...
Captain Charles Ellandun lives in two worlds. With NATO's Rapid Response team, he rescues embassies in trouble and takes drinking water to remote villages shattered by earthquakes.
Between assignments, he stays with his Aunt Edith in Boston, where she sponsors art shows at the local gallery. It's all very civilized and satisfying, with occasional bursts of mayhem and violence as seasoning. Best yet, he need never deal with his family, his perfect brother, his distant, demanding, disappointed father.
But then the war savages his unit -- and him. It implants a ferocious, repeating memory that he can't shake.
Then someone murders Aunt Edith. And then someone tries to run him over with a Suburban. Unless he wants to be the next one dead, he must figure out why she is. Like it or not, Charles must dig into her past and haul it into his present.
Even if it rips his carefully cultivated world to shrapnel.
Even if it costs him his life.
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I used to be an avid mystery reader, but somehow reading got put on the back burner. Deciding to read this book was a good decision. Once I got started, I could not put it down. Loved all the characters in the book, especially Aunt Edith! And it was also touching how the family came together. If you like a good mystery, this is the book to read.
Powerful, interesting, good read. Good character development, interesting method of writing. What can i say but just a great read. Cannot rate it as high as i might as i am less than half way. Hard to put down.
It has been a long time since I have found myself engrossed in a "modern" mystery. The reason is simple: I am not a fan. With apologies to this author, J. Gunnar Grey, my favourite mystery writer is Agatha Christie. I also enjoy Georges Simenon, Earl Stanley Gardner, Samuel Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald, and their contemporaries. I had about given up trying to find a modern mystery writer, who wrote to my taste, until I read J. Gunnar Grey's: "Trophies (The Ellandun Wars)". At last, I found an exciting new mystery author! J. Gunnar Grey describes herself as 'The 1940 Mystery Writer' - maybe that's why I appreciate her writing as much as I do! Whatever the reason, "Trophies" is an excellent mystery novel. And even though I know the ending, it deserves re-reading. The main character, Captain Charles Ellandun, is quite complex, and the novel is written through his eyes, delving into different stages in his life. It is in the current time frame that is the home of the murder, the murder of Charles' aging Aunt Edith. An unbelievable murder from Charles' standpoint. Why anyone would want to kill the one woman, who glowed in Charles' past and present life, became a mystery for Charles to solve, before he became the next victim. Charles, a war veteran, who is plagued with dark memories, vivid flashbacks, and at times finds himself back at war holding a gun. These flashbacks can occur at any time, but are strongly triggered as Charles' find himself at the centre of Aunt Edith's murder. The flashbacks take him completely out of the present time zone, becoming a short blackout occurring at any moment, which could prove to be somewhat dangerous. We are transported back to Charles' youth, teenage years, and as a young adult. But always coming back to the present, the murder, and Aunt Edith's past. Charles uncovers family secrets and treasures, that may have been better left undiscovered! This type of time travel must be skillfully written, so as not to confuse the reader, and keep the novel's story line moving forward. J. Gunnar Grey is skilled at transporting the reader through various stages of Charles' life, using points of view that keep the reader focused, attentive, interested, and puzzled - in all the appropriate places! Charles' character is surrounded by family, friends, and foes, who supply excitement, guidance, danger, protection, and a little romance - just like the 1940 era mystery novels! "Trophies" does not hand the reader easy clues or background information. The reader must stay alert to follow the exciting trails in this novel - and it is well worth the effort! Gunnar Grey does not disappoint the avid mystery reader. On a more personal note, two of the characteristics I appreciate in "Trophies" are: a lack of descriptive violence and needless offensive language. Neither are required attributes in the telling of a story, but often are inserted. Without those characteristics, "Trophies" is a much better read, and one that can be read and enjoyed by general audiences. So, if you are a mystery fan you will want to add J. Gunnar Grey's: "Trophies (The Ellandun Wars)" to your library. Enjoy!! P.S. This book cover includes a subtitle: "Book One of the Ellandun Wars". 'Book One'! That must mean there is another book on its way! I will keep my eyes open and keep you informed!