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The Hunted Hair



Title:  The Hunted Hare
Author:  Fay Sampson                                                                                                                     
Pages:  280
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Monarch
                This is a contemporary mystery set in Wales.  It also is the first mystery of a series to be known as The Aiden Mysteries.  An excerpt from the second book is included at the end of this book.  The description of the scenery made me feel like I was right there.  There are several characters to get to know in the story, but the main characters are the Davison family.
                Jenny Davison is a wife, mother, and author.  She is also dying of cancer.  She has a 7-year-old daughter named Melangell, who is very smart for her age.  Her unusual name is from a place in Wales Jenny and her husband visited before Melangell was born.  Pennant Melangell is in a valley and has a church, shrine and pilgrimage site of St. Melangell.  It is reported to be a place of healing.  Jenny has received the news from her doctors that she has five months to live.  She has decided not to undergo any more chemotherapy and to enjoy the time she has left.  She is a Christian and tries to face her coming death with strength for her family’s sake.  She returns to Melangell, not in the hopes of being healed, but to remember the joy and love for this special place she and Aiden, her husband, visited before.  She finds much more than she bargained for!  She unknowingly holds the key to discovering who has murdered the hotel owner where she is staying.  She doesn’t remember what she is supposed to and is afraid the killer will get to her before she remembers.  What is this important clue?
                Aiden Davison is a husband, father, and photographer.  He wants to spend every moment he can with his dying wife.  He wants to take her somewhere special to recapture at least a little bit of happiness.  The family arrives to find a brand new hotel called the House of the Hare, but very few guests.  How can the hotel survive with so few guests?  What is the tension between the owner and his niece?  Aiden is kept busy taking care of Jenny as she gets tired so easily and entertaining Melangell.  His wife used to be an avid archer and is delighted to find an archery range at the hotel.  She is still able to shoot well, but her skill also makes her a suspect in the murder.  Did she maybe shoot the owner by accident?  Who else can use a bow and arrow?  A tabloid reporter, two “investors”, a chef, a manager, and a gardener are a few of the other characters in the story.  Who hated the owner enough to stab him through the eye with an arrow?  Is it the man who thinks pagan worship of the hare is truth and Christianity is the myth?
                The author has created a good story.  It is a bit slow in some places, but the last five to six chapters are page turners.  This is a book that is enjoyable to read and make you keep your thinking cap on to figure out the culprit.
                My rating is 3.5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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