The Mayfly by James Hazel #BookReview
A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .
When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.
When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.
There was a lot of hype around this novel some time ago, and I finally got round to read it. So I had high expectations. The Mayfly by James Hazel was great. Interesting and gripping from the first pages. Strong images and terrible murders all throughout.
We move back and forth from today and the first days after WW2. We follow the confessions of a former Nazi “doctor” and what effect they had on people. And most importantly how that reverberated to today. Interesting.
I loved the flashbacks and the feeling you get while reading those portions.
Then we move on to our very own Mr Priest. A former MI5 element turned lawyer. Priest has an interesting guest come by his place, guest who seems to haunt him throughout the book. Priest seems interesting for sure. He has a legal company and quaint colleagues.
The pace of the book is extraordinary. Very nice indeed.
Then if we look at Priest and his family there’s a lot to understand. Very odd family and family relations. Priest and his brother gave me a Sherlock-Mycroft feel.
A good page turner that offers an interesting story with implications surpassing a few simple deaths.
A conversation with author James Hazel (excerpt from book)
Your background is in the law. How did you get into writing? Have you always written?
I’ve always been fascinated by stories and how the idea of telling a story has pervaded human evolution since we developed language. It is one of the few things that every civilisation, every culture, every race and creed have in common: we all tell each other stories.
What’s also fascinating is that, throughout history, billions of people from different backgrounds and cultures have basically told the same stories, in their own ways, sometimes with astonishing similarities. Every religion has a story of creation, for example. […]
Let me know what you think of it.