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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“The past encroaches on the future” in Murder in Madrid: Reality of Illusion by Betty J. Turk. Louise Devereaux is inspired to publish her novel about a woman who was wrongfully hanged seventy-two years ago. She gives it to Allen Kingsley, a publisher who assumes it’s drivel until he reads a startling section mentioning his great-grandfather’s name. Alan and Beth, his wife, travel to the derelict mining town of Madrid to authenticate Louise’s story with residents. Persons who remember the tragic incident are wary of him because he resembles someone they knew. Beth has recurring visions of past events whenever she visits particular places in Madrid. Obtaining information is difficult, but what Allen has uncovered could jeopardize his marriage if Beth learns the painful truth about the past.
Murder in Madrid: Reality of Illusion is an impressive, poignant story. I thought the plot was unique and characters like outspoken Louise Devereaux, Allen, Sensi, and Harriet stood out. Louise kept an interesting journal and it’s one that will be a success if published. I’m also curious to know about her other unmentioned tales. Betty J. Turk gave an accurate description of the mining community and the harsh working conditions that miners endured before labour laws were passed. The cover illustration is ideal for the novel. The author is imaginative and writes great scenes to let one see exactly what is going on. Murder in Madrid is a sad story, but it’s one that I recommend to persons who wants to read an absorbing mystery.