A body is found hanging from a noose made from a bell rope! Is this just the start of things to come?
The deceptively quiet remote village is shattered after a brazen obnoxious outsider purchases The Old Vicarage – strange disappearances occur. It wasn’t until the gruesome village history was revealed – that the baffled police could solve the chilling mysteries connected to the bell tower.
The fictitious villager’s characters play a colourful and humorous part in this book – bringing the small village to life – it’s a gripping murder mystery, injecting the gruesome, spine-chilling history of this remote village into its final sinister twists and turns.
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I had an author’s launch on Reedsy! Nikki Libby reviewed The Village Narcissist and awarded it 5 stars!
On 3rd October 2020, I had a author’s interview with Ramona Portelli – http://ramonaportelli.com/2020/10/interview-with-author-glenis-kellet/?fbclid=IwAR3LizPmF2PgC9yYrdQHUvsRWVkvyx22lbNBy8rs0PHvpsU3vnpxgHi58rc
“I always feel at peace when I’m writing, I concentrate on my work and can shut out the chaotic world. Time just flies by, sometimes I can miss a meal without being aware! I must be quite sensitive though, as there are times when I cry, I feel so deeply for most of my characters and animals if they are harmed or die!” – Author Glenis Kellet
On the 3rd October 2020, a friend kindly sent me an article from The Cumberland Westmorland Herald – ‘Shap author pens murder mystery’ – A Shap author has published her latest novel – a murder mystery set in a remote village which becomes a ‘playground of sinister twists and turns.’ – gk618.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/shap-author/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written cozy mystery
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
“The Village Narcissist” by Glenis Kellet hooked me from the start. The mystery plot centers around a remote village with inhabits that are entwined for generations.
Kellet reveals the mystery slowly, and even surprises the reader with twists and turns. This is a well-written book.
I throughly enjoyed “The Village Narcissist”, and it is certainly a cozy mystery! Highly recommend to those who love mysteries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I’ve read this year!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020
The Village Narcissist, by author Glenis Kellet first caught my eye before I even opened the book. The striking cover displays a black bell against a midnight blue background. (An omen of things to come?). At the top of the cover are the names of Kellet’s first two books: ‘Faith in Love’ and ‘Falsely Accused of the Unthinkable,’ the latter of the two I have already ordered; anticipating another thrilling reading experience.
I was drawn to ‘The Village Narcissist’ from the first page and had quite the adventure, experiencing the story along with the villagers and the detectives who finally solved the mystery.
The plot is fast paced and full of unforeseen surprises that challenge the reader to solve the mystery along with the detectives. From the first line ‘A shrill piercing scream vibrated through the still, silent air,’ you’ll be hooked and won’t be able to put the book down.
The story begins in an idyllic English village, where images of unspoiled beauty, fresh air, hospitable, hard-working people, and a serene way of life come to mind. A place far removed from the big cities: a place where nothing bad ever happens. That all changed when a pompous, overbearing stranger moved into the village. But, the worst was yet to come when the villagers discover that their close-knit community is not immune to murder and treachery, and an element among them threatens to unravel the bonds of unity and trust that has been part of village life since time began.
Be prepared for a reading experience like no other, as the author creates an elaborate rollercoaster of twists and turns; leaving you wanting more after each chapter. In the end, the villagers realized just how vulnerable they are to evil finding their quiet village, and their lives were forever changed by the events of a single day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘We don’t generally have visitors coming to our village as it’s so remote’ – A terrific mystery!
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
British author Glenis Kellet has life experiences in managing thoroughbred horses, diary and crop farming, creating (and marketing) a coarse fishery, dealing with the financial markets, and now returns to her childhood passion for writing. Her books to date – FAITH IN LOVE, FALSELY ACCUSED OF THE UNTHINKABLE, and now THE VILLAGE NARCISSIST.
Dedicating her new book to the victims of COVID-19, Glenis immediately latches on to our respect. She further offers a tip to her readers – ‘Nothing symbolises the supposed-innocent nature of the UK better than its villages. I wanted to turn one village upside down, in a story that retains the murder mystery hallmarks readers cry out for, while also weaving together a unique narrative led by its unconventional characters.’ And that goal she most assuredly has attained in this finely wrought mystery, embroidered with her unique gift for infusing humor into an otherwise dark tale.
The story zips open with a discovery, and in Glenis’ fine prose that event is as follows: ‘A shrill piercing scream vibrated through the still, silent air. A plump middle-aged woman ran down the wooden steps form the bell tower – breathless and terrified at what she had just witnessed. She ran into the nave of the old church, running towards the voices and hurried steps she had heard coming from the vestry. “There’s a woman hanging from the bell rope,” she screamed, pointing back to the way she had come. Her face was ashen in colour due to her terrible shock; she visibly shook from the sight of the horrific scene…’ With that, the author pulls us into her little Deadend village.
The plot is well paced and full of unexpected twists that encourage the reader to untangle. The plot – ‘A body is found hanging from a noose made from a bell rope! Is this just the start of things to come? The deceptively quiet remote village is shattered after a brazen obnoxious outsider purchases The Old Vicarage – strange disappearances occur. It wasn’t until the gruesome village history was revealed – that the baffled police could solve the chilling mysteries connected to the bell tower.’
Written in a most engaging style, this new novel by Glenis Kellet places her solidly in the arena of important contemporary authors. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 20
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated from the first page…
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2021
This is a gripping read that grasped my attention from the first page.
Immediately the reader is drawn into the action and this fast-paced tale kept me turning the pages. There are breadcrumbs of clues littered throughout the story – although not necessarily glaringly obvious of course – but the author manages to keep you guessing right to the end before the mystery completely unravels – with a very nice twist!
It really is a great read! I highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and exciting mystery in a small village setting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2020
Glenis’s books are getting better each time. She has a really fast-paced style, and a talent for interesting and unusual storylines. This book especially rang true to me, as I have lived in small village and recognise her true to life descriptions of characters and events! I am a lover of mysteries with a twist in the tail, and am really looking forward to the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from first to last page.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 3, 2021
This book was on my book list and really looked forward to reading it. Completely different to her previous books, this one keeps you guessing right from the start. Is there a murder and if so where is the body? The police are baffled. Right to the end the story is full of twist and turns, so many clues bur are they red herrings? W hat are the villagers not telling and why? A must read for the thriller enthusiast.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2020
Gripped immediately! The thrilling complicated plots and twists compelled me to read it to the end. Never guessed what it’s conclusion would be and it came as a real shock! It was riveting!
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2020
fantastic book brilliant plot keeps you guessing to the end could not put this book down you will not be disappointed.
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