Dark Gold

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
516 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2018
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Author Biography

Geoff is an emerging writer, his genre, crime thrillers and murder mysteries. Retiring from a hectic working life and being an avid reader, he decided to put pen to paper and unleash the ideas he had for his own stories, buzzing around his head. While Geoff favours more action and mayhem, his wife, Lyn, whom he collaborated with, prefers romance and comedy. Marrying them together, they produced their first fiction novel, Dark Gold, under the apt pen name, Geoff Lynn; with three more stories waiting in the wings.

Thirty-five years ago Geoff and Lyn made up their minds to head to Australia, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the north London suburb, Muswell Hill. They settled in a quiet coastal town close to the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, well known for its vineyards. That and owning their own travel agency meant they could fulfil two loves, travel and wine. Other things that make them happy are meeting up with friends for stimulating conversation and laughs over dinner. And with seven grandchildren, there’s never a dull moment

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Ex-pats can’t help but be curious about novels set in their homeland. So it was only natural for me to be drawn to Dark Gold by Geoff Lynn. This mystery-murder, set in Sydney, Australia, brought an added dimension to my enjoyment of the story, with lots of Aussie lingo, colloquialisms and references to foods I remember fondly. But while all that is good for someone like me, what does Dark Gold have to offer those readers unfamiliar with Australia? Well, to use a very Aussie description, it's “a darn good yarn!” When a beautiful and wealthy antique collector tumbles off an eleven-story-high balcony, two homicide detectives have to determine if her fall was an accident or murder. As they dig into Laura Verwood’s present and past contacts, what they find confuses them and complicates the search for a killer…if indeed there is one.

While they try to sort out what happened, a secondary plot is unfolding alongside the murder/mystery. This plot is centered on two young Aussies who are very close friends. These young men share two things in common: their names, Peter, and their love of swimming. When the pair decides to go into business together, offering groups some sport and treasure hunting by deep sea diving, and one of the Peters discovers a rare gold coin from an old shipwreck, both plots thicken and become intertwined. How does this happen? That’s one of the best things about Dark Gold and you will have to read it to find out how well Geoff Lynn ties it all together. Just get ready for lots of action, including sharks, both in and out of the water, along with a fascinating twist in the relationship of the two Peters. What do I mean? Well, read the novel and you will know. Dark Gold is an enjoyable story with some romance, humorous asides and enough mystery to satisfy anyone who likes to be both entertained and enlightened when they read. Slip it into your backpack on your next trip to Australia.

Ward Beneckie

"An absolutely brilliant read!! Great story from this new author really looking forward to his next book."

Shirley Dewar

"Dark Gold is a fast-moving , multi-faceted story by this new writer. His characters come to life as they solve the mystery of the ancient sunken ship that starts this tale. We follow Dunn and his younger sidekick, the handsome Ellis unravel the many strands of the plot involving murder and mayhem. The many twists and turns keep you guessing until the end. Highly recommended."

- Shirley Dewar, Amazon Review 2018

Carrie Mason

Loved the book, couldn't put it down! Just when you think the story has finished, it continues with more drama. The characters are believable and interesting. I found the book made me giggle once or twice but at one point almost moved me to tears. Looking forward to reading more Inspector Dunn and Sergeant Ellis murder mysteries.

Eileen Doyle

This is a good read. It has an interesting plot with lots of twists and turns. I was keen to find out what happens do I read it in a couple of sittings.