Monday, June 17, 2013

"Continuance," by Marta Tandori

This thrilling novel of suspense is your perfect summer read! Author Marta Tandori is praised for her layered storytelling, which mixes a modern-day mystery with a plot involving events from over a century ago. Highly recommended!

Continuance, by Marta Tandori

"Marta Tandori never fails to deliver. And Continuance delivers with style. Two mysteries, over 100 years apart, yet somehow connected. Love that know no boundaries. Avarice and greed great enough to tear down empires. From New York, to Savannah, to Boston and Miami, this story is a veritable journey through history. The immigrant community, the slums and the fight to survive is compared vividly to the lifestyles of the rich with their parties, cotillions and balls. We are taken to a railroad camp in Florida where we meet some Chinese immigrants and learn some of the horrors that they had to live with in order to survive here in America. Layer upon layer, and plot upon plot this story will keep you going right up until the end. Very enjoyable." - Amazon review

"Intriguing! By coincidence, I just finished reading Tess Gerritsen's The Silent Girl. Being compared to Gerritsen is a great compliment, and in this novel I found not only echoes of the same story, but also another author who can clearly write good novels. The story takes you from the past to the present a number of times, with clear messages being left to the reader on how important the past can be. I found it all quite captivating, moving, and imaginative. It's a well crafted book that leaves the reader with a number of intriguing questions to be answered as you read through the events in this story. This is my second Marta Tandori novel and it won't be my last." - Amazon review

When seven-year-old Ethan du Maurier, only son and heir of New York City real estate tycoon, Alexander du Maurier, disappears during school recess, the FBI quickly determines that his disappearance was an abduction. Within hours of a special news bulletin airing nationwide, the FBI’s hotline is inundated with anonymous tips relating to sightings of a little boy matching Ethan’s description outside a historic Savannah building, now a newly-renovated eatery. The FBI quickly assembles a task force and searches the premises but instead of finding little Ethan, they stumble upon the century-old remains of what appears to be a murdered man hidden in a pirate’s tunnel under the historic building.

With her restaurant on temporary lockdown pending the FBI’s forensic investigation, owner Annie Eastwood researches the history of the building she inherited, hoping it will shed some light on the identity of the murdered man, but what she uncovers are bits and pieces of a horrible scandal that nearly destroyed the du Maurier family over a century ago. With hopes for Ethan’s safe return dwindling by the hour, Annie finds an unlikely lead in an old classified ad from a Boston newspaper which connects the events of the past to the present-day abduction of Ethan du Maurier—and to the identity of his abductor. Determined to rescue little Ethan before time runs out, Annie quickly realizes that the boy’s abductor will stop at nothing—even murder—in order to exact his revenge.


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Meet the Author

By the time Marta Tandori reached fifth grade, she was an avid reader and writer with a stack of short stories collecting dust in a box under her bed but it wasn't until she began studying acting in her early twenties at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York that Marta realized acting wasn't really her passion - writing fiction was. What followed was years of writing workshops as well as correspondence courses in writing for children through the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She credits the award winning author, Troon Harrison, as the instructor who helped her find her literary voice. Marta's first work of juvenile fiction, BEING SAM, NO MATTER WHAT was published in 2005, followed by EVERY WHICH WAY BUT KUKU! in 2006. With her more recent endeavors, Marta has shifted her writing focus to "women's suspense", a genre she fondly describes as having "strong female protagonists with closets full of nasty skeletons and the odd murder or two to complicate their already complicated lives". To learn more about Marta, visit her blog, The Marta/Kindle Project at http://martatandori.blogspot.ca.

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