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A Shadow on the Lens

Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me. 

He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder. 

Someone had been watching us.

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland - her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl - the face of Betsan Tilny.

©2019 Sam Hurcom (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Dear God!

Life is too short to waste on this book! I bought this as it had such good reviews, but the main character is a total idiot and unpleasant and none of the other characters had any depth. He blunders through the investigation in an arrogant manner,. His ability to solve the crime was greatly aided by coincidences and accident! I found the 9 hour monologue drawn out and boring. I really regret wasting a credit as I had such high hopes of this author. I really don't understand where all the glowing reviews came from.

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give it a listen

loved it, great book. the narration helped bring it to life. helped me imagine what was going on

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Fantastic book

Really enjoyed the book. Twists and turns everywhere. Will admit I didn't work it out till the end

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  • John S.
  • 01-12-19

Incredible suspense with a twisted ending

Many decades before satellite notebooks and fiber-optic cable made even the remotest location accessible, forces of nature worked to isolate communities. Here, a monsoon-like storm has knocked out the finicky telegraph line, and halted train service to the town. Meanwhile, our hero realizes more and more that he needs to summon reenforcements as the plot grows thicker. Not quite five stars as I found myself wanting to wrap things up a few chapters before the author does so. However, the writing itself held my attention well as we go from scene to scene. As luck would have it, during a bout of insomnia well after midnight I listened to one of the creepiest scenes I've run across (trapped in a makeshift crypt with a decomposing corpse). If you're a fan of horror (thriller), you'd love it! I'm hoping for another story from this author as the protagonist is one who'd be terrific for a series. Speaking of terrific, the audio narration is first-rate. Reader truly brought the story to life - highly recommended!

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