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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
The idea of writing a modern book based on the ancient Greek plays with a chorus, and action from two different viewpoints is intriguing and innovative. This is the framework in Remember Me? Faukon Abbey Mysteries Book 1 by A.K. Lakelett. Set in the present day, there is a murder, which is investigated by the police on one hand and a local journalist on the other. The chorus is that of the murderer, whose identity is revealed at the end. The action takes place in the west of England around Exeter when a newly-arrived local dignitary and his rather unsuitable wife buy up and renovate a large, expensive house in the village. All is not as it seems, however, and his unexplained demise in the local woods leaves no clue as to how or why he was murdered, in fact there is doubt for some time as to whether the police are investigating a murder or a death from natural causes.
A.K. Lakelett introduces us to many different characters, but has described them so vividly that each one is easy to identify. We meet Eric's current and previous wives, his daughter, the two-man police team, the reporter and a few minor characters that get a brief mention. The narrative is written in the present tense, which for me makes for a more difficult read, but that is my personal taste. In places it’s necessary to drop into the past tense for the back story, which leads us to the motive for Eric’s murder, and intertwines with present day events. You have to think carefully about the previous actions to see where they fit in and a question asked at the end still puzzles me. I would need to read the book a second time to be sure I had the right answer. I must admit to being surprised by the final outcome, I was not expecting it, and the author did a great job in leading the reader to suspect one character after another of committing the dreadful dead.