FLM BLOG Friday 26 February

First review for Murder at Cirey

Up today on Amazon and Goodreads: 'A lively, engaging tale embellished with vivid detail and imagery of eighteenth century French provincial landscape and culture: from the rolling hills of the Upper Marne down through towns, estates and market squares; from police procedural intricacies through to the manners and nuances requisite for the navigation of polite society.'

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A Small Death ~ Hannah Carrow ~ England

Rachel first actually met David at the Confirmation group with her children. After a few moments of conversation with the other parents, David realised that he could not stop looking at her. He was attempting to familiarise himself with the parishioners and identify their children, yet it was as though they were removed from him, separated by a different source of time. There was no one there: the hall was empty, and the earth was still. People came and went like ghosts. He was speaking to them, but the words he uttered held no meaning. He was lost and scattered in the gentle air, cast among the moonbeams that were never there. Starlight settled on the surface of the earth and quickened shadows fled across the silver sea.

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The Mentor’s Critique
A Small Death ~ Hannah Carrow

Hannah, I hesitated a little before choosing to comment on this work but decided to write a critique for two reasons: it's the first erotic novel I've displayed on FLM and your narrative technique intrigues me.

From the moment I saw your title I was expecting a novel about sex: as you know, the Elizabethans called sexual consummation 'the little death'. And indeed it is: your characters fall first in lust, not love.

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