Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Dear Reader Love Malia Zaidi

Dear Reader…

Are you comfortable? Go ahead put your feet up! Do you have a sweet nibble on hand? That’s better. Now you’re ready to immerse yourself in the world of A Darker Shore. No need for a time machine, just flip the page and you will find yourself in 1926 on a ferry leaving the island of Crete, your destination is France. The wind is blowing in your hair, and you can taste the salt of the ocean on the breeze. Gulls squawk and circle above you, white dashes against the cloudless blue sky. You are setting off on a new adventure!

Books have always been my greatest source of escapism, offering a whole world of endless possibility through the power of a constellation of twenty-six letters. They bring the Pyramids of Giza into your living room, foreign landscapes come alive in your mind’s eye, the battle between good and evil is fought as you stave of sleep just to turn another page. The desire to travel back in history, to illustrate a time and place we can never experience for ourselves and to borrow from the past to allow readers to relive it through the eyes of characters who seem so real we wish we could meet them in life, that is what I aim for and that is why I began to write.

The Lady Evelyn Mysteries (“A Poisonous Journey” and the newest “A Darker Shore”) are my efforts to create something that transports, engages and entertains, in the ways I have been all my life by the many books I have enjoyed.

Lady Evelyn is a character I had in my mind long before I truly sat down to write the first mystery in this series. I wanted a figure who was flawed, but thoughtful; a little clumsy, but clever; wary but brave. In other words, I wanted to create a character with whom people could identify, someone who could take your hand through the pages and invite you on an adventure like a good friend, to explore and experience a time and place and story you had not done before, which is exactly what I look for in books I read myself. We may all have that inner Miss Marple – Evelyn certainly does, which admittedly gets her into the occasional spot of trouble – and books are the best way to explore our sleuthing abilities and indulge in something that would ordinarily be entirely desirable to avoid!

If you are looking for a new fictional friend (aren’t we all?), a few hours of escape to a faraway land, and a nail-biting murder mystery to sink your teeth into (pun intended), join Lady Evelyn on her new adventure, and I hope you enjoy!

About the Author

Malia Zaidi is the author of A POISONOUS JOURNEY. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, and studied at English at Oxford University. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides, vicariously in countries throughout the world. A POISONOUS JOURNEY is her first book in the Lady Evelyn mysteries series. The sequel, A DARKER SHORE, is her latest novel.


About the Book:

Title: A Darker Shore
Author: Malia Zaidi
Publisher: Bookbaby
Pages: 400
Genre: Historical Mystery

1926: A year has passed since the events of "A Poisonous Journey" and Lady Evelyn has made a home for herself in Greece, living with her cousin, Briony, her husband, Jeffrey and Daniel Harper. Disturbing this island idyll is a letter, which arrives from France with troubling information about the Daniel’s long-believed-dead brother, Henry. A new journey awaits! With the shadows of the Great War reaching out, Lady Evelyn and Daniel voyage to Amiens in Northern France with the aim of discovering the truth behind the ominous letter. Upon their arrival, they are met not with clarity but rather with crime. Murder, to be precise. Is it linked to their presence in France, or even worse, to Henry himself?  Evelyn and Daniel must confront their history as they try to make sense of the present before the killer can strike again, and the secrets of the past are lost forever.



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