City of Shadows

Malta, late 19th Century. Valletta, the capital city, is in turmoil. A series of grisly murders leads London Constable, Archibald Whitlock, to travel to Malta and assist with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Don Lorenzo answers the Lord’s call to protect the flock, while troubled woman Rita Formosa wanders the tangled web of Strada Stretta.

Danger lurks in the dark, constricted lanes of the city and time slowly runs out as each tries to unlock the secret that is haunting Valletta.

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  1. An excellent story depicting Malta (mainly the city of Valletta) in the late 19th century. The plot revolves around a few key figures (including the murderer) with a very good in depth view of their internal turmoil, ambitions or superiority complexes in a highly socio-religious environment.
    City of Shadows is a well paced serial killer thriller which I’d recommend to any lover of historical fiction

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  2. Stacey Cutajar says:

    City of shadows takes you on a vivid emotional roller coaster ride which keeps the reader captivated throughout. Characters are introduced brilliantly and by the end of the book, they become somewhat of a friend of your mind. The plot twists are unpredictable which keep the reader on his toes from beginning to end. City of shadows also makes real locations and landmarks throughout the book which help you enter into the mysterious world the author attempts to create. Whilst the plot is not historic in nature, the book almost feels as if the author was there at the time of the events.

    Highly Recommended!

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  3. Christian Calleja says:

    Wow that was great! I just finished reading City of Shadows. The storyline simply makes you want to know more. A very well composed build up that makes you feel the emotion of the story, with very descriptive writing which makes it easier to picture what the writer wants you to see and feel.

    I usually leave a book for light reading, but this kept me going ended up reading it in just a few days.

    Really loved the detailed introduction of Maltese characteristics in the key roles, while taking in the reader back in time within streets of Valletta, with all its glory. Well done to the author and looking forward for yet another adventure of this kind. Highly recommended to any one who wants to enjoy a good plot

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  4. Justine Naudi says:

    I started reading this novel just because my friends were reading it but I have to admit I couldn’t stop. Each chapter leaves you with great curiosity of what’s going to happen next. All the descriptions are so detailed that I felt indulged into the story, just as if I’m part of it. In fact, after reading this book I visited Valletta and I could clearly imagine all the events that took place in certain roads. A truly brilliant setting and plot.

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  5. I love reading historical fiction and City of Shadows, set in the World Heritage City of Valletta is one not to be missed. The plot is so interesting and gripping that the reader will immerse oneself in the story and will not let go until it is finished. In fact, I read it in one week and I am now eagerly waiting for more books from the author. Highly recommended!

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  6. Colette says:

    Very good story line.

    Like

  7. Matthew Aquilina says:

    Valletta as you have never seen it before! Really enjoyed reading the book. It depicts the Maltese capital in lovely 19th century atmosphire filled with mystery, surpises, and belives all inclosed in a captivating story line. The ease of the writing and flow of the chapters makes it an enjoyable experience to read. Well done to the author. Will be waiting eagerly for the next one.

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  8. Jonathan Cooke: Freelance Writer says:

    City of Shadows is a Crime Fiction set in Valletta, Malta, in the late 19th Century. The story kicks off with the arrival, in Valletta, of Police Constable, Archibald Whitlock who is sent from London to help investigate a string of particularly gruesome murders.

    Whilst Archibald is clearly the main character and it is his investigation that forms the basis of the plot, the brief interludes with Don Lorenzo and Rita Formosa give the reader a much needed insight into the religious beliefs/behaviours that pervaded the time.

    Interestingly, it is the behaviours generated by these religious beliefs that provide much of the conflict throughout the book and not, as you would expect, Archibald’s investigation.

    As the main character, I have to admit that I found Archibald rather disappointing in that, I did not manage to develop an interest in his cause which inevitably made the story feel boring. This was a shame because, overall, the book is quite well written.

    As plots go I think it was constructed quite well until you get three-quarters of the way through where you are suddenly introduced to a supernatural element that had hitherto been unsuspected. I’m sure some readers might like this peculiar twist to the tale but for me it did not work. If there was to be a supernatural element to the story then I think this should have been introduced much earlier on and not near the end of the book.

    In general I would say that this book is well written and will definitely appeal to someone who has an interest in Malta, especially from a historical or geographical aspect.

    And speaking of geography, considering the amount of street names that are introduced to the reader throughout the book (I can only remember “Strada Stretta” Strada Vescova?) It would have been helpful to have included a map of the city so that the reader could refer to it when needed.

    Overall I think this is a good first novel and had the characters and plot been more carefully thought out and better presented then I would not have hesitated to award it a higher mark.

    Jonathan Cooke: Freelance Writer

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