ABOUT THE BOOK
Five twisted tales of murder and revenge.
Time doesn’t heal; it just incubates old wounds.
Last Orders – Jeff Tully’s wife has left him. Trying to run his pub single-handedly, he increasingly turns to his barmaid, Alyson, for help. But when Alyson tells him of her own troubles, they hatch a plan to get rid of Alyson’s violent, abusive husband. But will Jeff live to regret he ever got involved with his barmaid?
Lucy’s return – No one remembers Lucy at the school reunion, but she remembers them. Especially one boy who made her life hell, and now she’s going to do the same to him.
Private Museum – Retired nurse Mandy Rostron never thought she’d find love again after her husband died, but in Anthony Mallard, she’s found the perfect gentleman. Or so she thinks. Mallard has some very dark secrets in his basement, or his Private Museum as he calls it, and Mandy is about to discover the truth about the man of her dreams.
Ballad of the Unsung Hero – Retired shopkeeper Jennifer Price is at her wits end. Her husband Kenneth thinks more of his fishing than he does of her. But when she meets the man of her dreams at a spiritual church, Jennifer is hell-bent on getting her man – whatever it takes.
The Tallyman – Donna is in debt, and the loan shark is making her life unbearable, with increasingly vile demands when she can’t make her payments. But her elderly neighbour, Elsie, has the perfect solution to get rid of the tallyman once and for all.
I was curious to read this book by Mark Tilbury as it contains five short stories. I wondered if he would be able to pull off the uneasy creepy feeling that his books usually leave me with. He did just five times more.
I liked how each story was introduced, by using a poem. These themselves were creepy, but only a taster of what was to follow. All the stories feature women as the lead character, although I didn’t feel that all the men deserved the punishments that they were dealt.
The stories bring to mind that saying from playwright William Congreve, ‘Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.’ For some of these characters, their rage had bubbled for years before it was payback time. Others were impulsive, which just went to show that planning was necessary to get it right.
I, of course, have my favourite, Last Orders. I could see where this was going, but love certainly has its blinkers. Love makes you do crazy things as common sense has left the building. There will be a favourite for everyone with these short stories making them perfect bedtime reading, but don’t let them give you any ideas before you snuggle up to go to sleep.
I think the author has struck gold again with these stories. I would like to see more like these in the future.
I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He’s published 11 thrillers. Poetic Justice was published on 18th November 2021