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The year is 1863, and Britain is at loggerheads with France over the construction of the Suez Canal. Yet someone is infuriating the English further by selling their naval secrets to the French. All efforts to uncover the identity of this person proved abortive - until Edward Tyrington came into the picture. He'd stepped out of the pasha's ball to clear his head when he heard a woman scream. Thrice. It was because of Monsieur Dupont, the Suez Canal Company's director of operations. He'd just been murdered. Edward remained calm, but his instincts went into overdrive trying to figure out the reason for Dupont's murder. Even his return to work at the Santorini archaeological site could not stop him from poking around. Poke he did until he got a lucky break - a letter that exposed the ghost's motives. At least that was what he thought. He was right, except he was too late. Pointing at his chest was the barrel of a gun, and on the trigger was the finger of a friend. Will Edward survive? Read The Bones of Santorini: An Edward Tyrington Mystery by Joni Swift to find out.
Joni Swift's The Bones of Santorini is a rich assortment of history, culture, politics, romance, and espionage, all brought to life by incredible character building and scene setting. A suspenseful story that depicts genuine friendship and betrayal in the same breath. The account is punctuated by sudden bursts of activity that never fail to leave you with your heart in your mouth. With each page I turned, I could feel the rush, thrill, and excitement of treading the fine line between danger and rewarding discovery course through my body. This is historical fiction at its finest. It felt so real that I had to check whether some events portrayed were fictional. Joni kept me guessing to the end and refused to give away the plot, as the surprises and twists kept coming. The use of literary elements was accurate, and the narration was clever. The book keeps its promise to be a mystery. I'd recommend it while I keep an eye out for the next installment.