Death of a Well-Travelled Man

Faukon Abbey Mysteries Book 3

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
275 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2023
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Author Biography

A.K. Lakelett grew up as a lonely kid in the Frozen North and was a frequent visitor in every library in every place her family moved to. When she grew out of reading Anne of Green Gables, which she loved, she fell in love with mysteries. Agatha Christie was and is one of her absolute favorites. When AK gets old, she plans to become a new Miss Marple, sans knitting, but with an equally observant mind and keen eyes for connecting the dots. AK loves doing research. Her desk is covered with books about poisons, inquests, post mortems and forensic methodologies.

She writes about murders in a bucolic small town of Faukon Abbey in Devon, England. You can find out more about Faukon Abbey on her website and in the Faukon Abbey Companion booklet.
She also writes an occasional novella/short story series called Occupational Hazard set in nowhere in particular.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

Death of a Well-Travelled Man by A. K. Lakelett is a gripping mystery murder novel set in Faukon Abbey. Detective Constable Terry Ford, Detective Inspector Peter Greene, and Constable Bertie Lawson are drawn into a web of intrigue. The case involves the disappearance of night porter Ryan Bolan who is reported missing by his girlfriend, Ingela Marsh. Simultaneously, cyclist Lucas Hart is injured in a hit-and-run accident, and widow Marion Rivers is found dead in her bathtub by her son. Jimmy Carter, a reporter for The Abbey Chronicle, joins the investigation, unearthing many unsettling secrets. As the plot deepens, Ryan is discovered dead in a ditch, igniting a series of shocking revelations. With careful research, Jimmy unveils a trail of abuse, sting operations, and financial intrigue involving many of the local residents. The narrative skillfully weaves together these disparate threads, leading to surprising arrests for murder.

A poignant exploration of the consequences of trauma and deceit, Death of a Well-Travelled Man keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final, shocking revelation. The characters' lives intertwine, exposing dark pasts and hidden motives. What sets this novel apart is the compelling character development and the intricate web of relationships that are expertly unraveled. Author A. K. Lakelett keeps readers guessing until the very end. Death of a Well-Travelled Man is a thought-provoking exploration of human nature, filled with unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers craving more. A must-read for fans of complex mysteries and intricate storytelling.

Pikasho Deka

Death of a Well-Travelled Man is the third book in the Faukon Abbey Mystery series by A.K. Lakelett. After the disappearance of a cyclist, the town of Faukon Abbey is shaken by the death of the assistant librarian, Marion Rivers. When DI Peter Greene and DC Terry Ford delve into the cases, they stumble upon the body of the missing cyclist, Ryan Bolan. Meanwhile, the IT head of Gwedrow Glassworks, Jon Geldenhuis, and Marion's son, Ben, seem to be the prime suspects. Also following the events is The Abbey Chronicle journalist Jimmy Carter. While Peter and Terry uncover a nefarious porn ring, Geldenhuis turns up dead. With multiple suspects and few clues to follow up, will the detectives be able to get to the bottom of things? Is there a link between these mysterious deaths?

A page-turner of a murder mystery, Death of a Well-Travelled Man is a must-read for whodunnit lovers. Author A.K. Lakelett weaves an intricate plot and throws curveball after curveball to keep readers hooked to the tale. Until the last few pages, you will keep guessing and wondering how the mystery is going to be solved. Apart from the captivating plot, it's the characters who make the story such a joy to read. Lakelett has crafted some riveting characters, offering readers a view into their personal lives that makes them all the more compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed Peter and Terry's dynamic and problem-solving skills, alongside Jimmy's small snippets of the events. Overall, this is a fantastic book for sleuth mystery readers. I had an absolute blast with it and will gladly recommend it!

Alma Boucher

Death of a Well-Travelled Man: Faukon Abbey Mysteries Book 3 is a murder mystery by A.K. Lakelett. When Marion Rivers is discovered dead in her bathtub by her son, it becomes a case for Detective Constable Terry Ford and Detective Inspector Peter Greene. Marion had an injury on the back of her head and must have fallen, hit her head, and drowned. But something does not seem right to Greene, and he does not think it was an accident. Jimmy Carter from the Faukon Abbey Chronicle does some research into Gwedrow Glassworks. Major planned changes are in the pipeline at Gwedrow, with possible redundancies and layoffs. Gwedrow is the major employer in the area, and many livelihoods will be impacted. To complicate Ford and Greene’s investigation further, there are two separate accidents involving cyclists. Ford and Greene have their hands full in finding the truth.

A.K. Lakelett created an excellent mystery in Death of a Well-Travelled Man. Several plots were planned and woven together. There was so much happening, and I was intrigued from the start. It was an easy read, and the chapters flowed into each other. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could. All the twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. The characters were brilliantly developed and authentic. They could have been anyone I know. There were a variety of characters, and the relationships between them were believable. The story was excellently written, and it was clear that forensic research had been done. I didn't expect the story to end the way it did, and I was dumbfounded.