Publication: 6th September 2018 – Langton & Wood
While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens. Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped. The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest. Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.
It’s my pleasure to welcome you all on my stop of the blog tour for THE AMBER MAZE, the new fantastic novel by Christopher Bowen. A huge thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.
Hugh Mullion is on holiday in a cottage. He is alone and bored, waiting for his wife to arrive, but the discovery of a mysterious key inside a chair that appeared out of nowhere leads Hugh in a entertaining and intriguing adventure to discover the secrets of a troubled artist. Meeting a cast of likable and colorful characters, Hugh finds himself trying to put together the pieces of a puzzle that take him back in England 1960 to solve a mystery that quickly becomes a true obsession for him.
THE AMBER MAZE is a quick and thrilling read. The novel is only 160 pages long, but a lot happens in these few pages. I found myself immersed and curious to see where Hugh’s investigation would lead him and it was fascinating reading about the world of art in 1960 London.
The narrative flows easily, the descriptions made the story feel real, and the characters are likable and interesting. The mystery of the key and all the secrets that follow create a story that is unique and captivating so that I found myself spending an afternoon pleasantly immersed in THE AMBER MAZE.
Christopher Bowden lives in south London. He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme. The Amber Maze, published in September 2018, is the latest. His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”