Friday, 26 February 2016

The Odd Fellows Society by C.G. Barrett, 2015

Opening line: "There was no point in screaming. Philip Cannon was a dead man."

C.G. Barrett, publisher of a Tampa newsmagazine, World of Westchase, has introduced me to his new mystery novel The Odd Fellows Society released last December.

The book has been named a Top Book Pick and given a 5-star review by IndieReader, which specialises in small and independent publishers.

Synopsis

"Santiago Torres, the Jesuit headmaster of a Washington, D.C. high school, knows two truths. First, historian Jasper Willoughs, his closest friend, didn’t toss himself off a dormitory roof. Second, a Georgetown University secret society — a running joke on campus — has blood on its hands. When Torres’s pursuit of the truth triggers a bizarre and deadly scavenger hunt, its clues, scratched out on parchment by his dead friend, lead Santi to risk everything he holds sacred: his job, his life, even the woman he secretly loves."

The thriller explores America's national preoccupation with race and will have readers looking at the US capital, and its monuments’ secrets, in a whole different shade of black and white.

A native of Northeast Pennsylvania, Barrett’s popular novels have included both young adult and adult fiction in the genres of fantasy and mystery. His humour writing about life as a parent has appeared in over a dozen parenting magazines throughout the United States. He lives with his wife, his three daughters, and his two Shetland Sheepdogs in Tampa, Florida.

Readers can learn more about his books at www.cgbarrett.com.

14 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really interesting premise, Prashant. And I do have to say I like stories with academic settings. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Margot, you are welcome. I think this is probably like a Dan Brown, though there can be no comparison between two authors writing on a common theme.

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  2. Sounds like a good one. Thanks, Prashant, for the review and the links.

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    1. Thanks, Elgin. I did not review the book as I'd have liked to. The author has, of course, offered to send me a copy for review.

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  3. Nice review, Prashant. The book sounds like something I might enjoy.

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    1. Oscar, thank you. It's more like a preview. I have not read the book yet.

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  4. Sounds interesting, I'll look for it.

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    1. Rick, it does seem like it. I quite liked the premise.

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  5. Prashant, I hope you enjoy it if you do try it. If I'm honest it probably doesn't appeal to me.

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    1. That's fine, Col. I might read it later. I'm behind on my present commitments.

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  6. I like the idea of this one, and look forward to hearing your opinion at some future moment.

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    1. Moira, I do hope to read it at some point in future.

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  7. And he's back! This sounds like great entertainment with a savvy edge to it = thanks, Prashant - consider me sold

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    1. It certainly does, Sergio. I'd like to know what you think of it.

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