I am delighted to be the first stop on this blog tour for “The Thirty-Five Timely & Untimely Deaths of Cumberland County” (Hereby referred to as #35Deaths, I’m not typing that out every time 😉 ) by Mason Ball. First of all I would like to thank the author, the publishers and the organisers of this blog tour for inviting me to take part in this tour.
Author: Mason Ball
Cover Design: Mecob
Page Count: 400
ISBN (Print): 978-1-191158-670-8
Release Date: July 3rd 2018
First of all lets meet the author – Mason Ball
Following his poem Fireworks Fireworks Bang Bang Bang at the age of six, Mason eventually took the whole writing thing a little more seriously, graduating in 2009 from London Metropolitan University, having received first class honours in Creative Writing.
In his second year, he won the Sandra Ashman award for his poem Mother Theresa in the Winner’s Enclosure. He has subsequently had work published in Succour magazine and Brand magazine.
Mason is currently developing his next novel. In addition to this, he writes, co-produces and hosts the award-winning monthly cabaret night The Double R Club (as Benjamin Louche, winner of “Best Host” at the London Cabaret Awards). He also worked as a creature performer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi.
Mason is a trustee of the charity Cabaret vs Cancer, and lives in East London with his wife, a cat called Monkey, and a collection of antique medical equipment. You can find out more about Mason, and follow his activities here;
The dying years of the great depression; John Bischoffberger is a Pennsylvanian doctor adrift in Naples, Maine, struggling with his loss of religious faith and retreating from painful memories of The Great War.
As Medical Examiner John must document deaths that occur under unusual or suspicious circumstances. Yet as he goes about his work, he begins to suspect that the deaths he is called upon to deal with are in fact far from routine.
He becomes convinced that three itinerants are going about the county, killing. An old woman, a little girl, and a thin man are fulfilling some strange and unspoken duty, brutally murdering men, women and children; and the deaths seem to be drawing closer to John: others who may suspect foul play, then acquaintances of his, then perhaps friends, even family members.
As the storm clouds of a new world war gather in Europe, and John’s rationality slowly unravels, he must find a way to disprove what he has reluctantly come to believe, or to confirm his worst fears and take steps to end the killing spree of the three in the woods, whatever the cost
As the featured image suggests, there were a few nights where I enjoyed a glass of bourbon whiskey while reading. This may or may not have been influenced some of the characters drinking whiskey throughout…
When I was first approached for reading this book the cover alone drew me in, and I am glad to report that I was not disappointed. I thought that the authors use of actual medical records throughout was inspired and added to the story in a way that I have not experienced before. In my opinion the characters here are brilliantly created, our protagonist is a fantastically troubled genius, but the strength of this novel lies in the trio who are preying on the locality. I was truly captivated by them while at the same time they scared the living daylights out of me. Let’s just say that although I was reading this at nighttime, I was doing so in quite a well-lit room. With all the doors locked.
I thought this book was fascinating. While I was frightened of the trio, this is not exactly a horror story. Goodreads itself has listed this as history, mainly due to the fact that it is set in the 1930’s and 1940’s, but the are many elements at play here, that all come together to make one brilliant read. I will definitely be recommending (and have already done so) this to more people.
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I can’t wait to see what my fellow bloggers thought of this one. Please continue to follow this blog tour by visiting some other blogs on the tour.
All opinions are my own and I did not receive any payment for taking part.