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Aidan’s Mysteries #1: “The Hunted Hare” by Fay Sampson

on November 9, 2012


About the Book:


The hamlet of Pennant Melangell consists of a church and a few cottages and lies in a mountainous part of North Wales that is so remote that it is, even today, only barely accessible to cars. It is the ancient pilgrimage site for the medieval Saint Melangell and is still visited by those seeking healing.


The Davison family has come to Pennant Melangell seeking spiritual refuge as their family faces the reality of Jenny Davison’s terminal cancer. Jenny and Aidan have visited before, but this is the first time they have brought their daughter, seven-year-old Melangell, to the place which inspired her name.


New since their last visit is a lavish hotel–The House of the Hare–a grand project conceived and financed by local businessman Thaddeus Brown. The Davisons are impressed by the extensive facilities developed with the needs of the sick, weak, and disabled in mind. Jenny is particularly excited by the archery range with modifications that will enable her to shoot arrows even in her extremely weakened state.


But instead of a place of healing, this sacred location becomes a place of doom when Thaddeus Brown is found dead, an arrow in his eye. Suspicion falls on those who have used the archery range, including Jenny along with Brown’s vulnerable young niece Lorna. As Aidan works to clear his wife’s name, young Melangell goes missing. Is the murderer also a kidnapper? Or does The House of the Hare harbor more mysteries? And who might be the next victim?


The first of a series of new mysteries featuring Aidan Davison and set in what celebrated fantasy novelist Fay Sampson describes as the “thin” places of the Celtic world.
About the Author:
Fay Sampson is a widely published author with a particular interest in fantasy and Celtic history. She has been shortliste for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize on three occasions and is a winner of the Barco de Vapor award.

My Opinion:


This is one of those books that I really, really wanted to enjoy and I did but I didn’t.  Yes that is probably confusing!  I really love books that delve into ancient church history, medieval history and of course some suspense and mystery!  This book had it all – and regardless of your view on Saints (I believe if we are all Saved through Christ then we are all Saints, but I digress) this book is great for those who enjoy a mystery as well as some history.  I really could feel Jenny’s pain as she travels with her husband and young daughter on what is going to be their last family vacation.


My issues with the book came with some curse words as well as Jenny and Aidan calling their daughter, “a little horror”, now this could be the American equivalent of “brat” but I don’t like that term either and horror sounds much worse.  The only reason why I kept reading it was because the history in the book was fascinating as was the plot – I could have done without the cussing, even though it came from characters who weren’t Believers (and I know there are Believers who feel it is okay to use that language) and the use of horror towards a little girl – who in my estimation never actually did anything ‘bad’.


Besides these concerns I did enjoy the book could I recommend it to some of my friends?  No.  Could I recommend it to others?  Yes.  It comes down to what each our convictions are – some wouldn’t mind the use of “hell” and others in the context they were used, while others would be offended – as I was.  If I had to give it a star rating with 5 being excellent – I’d give it a 3.5 however it’d get a 5 if the cussing and reference to the little girl weren’t in it.  Again, I enjoyed it but it’s definitely meant for an adult and one who is mature in their Christian walk.


You can watch the trailer for The Hunted Hare here.


**Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


One response to “Aidan’s Mysteries #1: “The Hunted Hare” by Fay Sampson

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