Life Sentences, The Art of Spirit Capture and beyond

Last year I published The Art of Spirit Capture, which has received some lovely comments. Here’s one such review.

Jason Hales loses his job and simultaneously learns that he and his brother Peter have inherited the estate of his Aunt Heather and Uncle Ben. His brother is in a medically induced coma after a traffic accident, and since Jason, as executor, has the time, he leaves London to handle the estate. What he doesn’t expect is to be caught up in the legacy of his deceased uncle, who crafted magical glass ornaments called captures. The art of spirit capture is a secret and everyone in town has an opinion about what Jason should do with the captures and his uncle’s old workshop.

There aren’t any bad guys in this story, but there is the mystery of the spirit captures, and the pages are full of wonderfully distinct characters. The story unfolds in Jason’s POV, and he’s an extremely likable person, trying to do his best. The supporting cast is just as compelling. It’s this lively and eclectic group that brings the story to life. I felt connected to most of them and cared about what happened to them. The mystery of the captures and how all the relationships are going to work out left me guessing right up until the end.

Magical realism is probably the best description of the genre, and the spirit captures are beautiful, visually as well as what they represent to the characters and the community. This is a long book at 500 pages, but it didn’t feel long, and I read it over about 4 days. A great read for anyone who loves kindness, mystery, a little magic, small towns where everyone is in everyone’s business, and a touch of romance. This story is pure heartwarming pleasure.’

If you’ve read it and feel inclined to add a review, I’d be dead chuffed.

On the 11th, my next book appears for your entertainment. An anthology of short fiction called Life Sentences.

Next up, later this year, I’ll be pulling together a short book, based on the Secret Diary of the Father of a Fiancéd posts I published around my children’s weddings. It’s sure to be both humorous and pretty disastrous…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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16 Responses to Life Sentences, The Art of Spirit Capture and beyond

  1. You were born to live a terrifically full life! I for one, am thrilled to be alive with you at the same time.

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  2. Love the review, and the same way the book! Congratulations, Geoff! I am sorry, but i had forgotten to wish you and yours a happy and blessed New Year! Keep the ears stiff! 😉 xx Michael

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  3. Ritu says:

    How wonderful!

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  4. Darlene says:

    A great review. You have been busy!

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    That is a fabulous review. Congrats!


  6. willowdot21 says:

    Good luck Geoff…. You won’t need it 💜

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  7. It’s on my list, Geoff, and I will get there soon. Congratulations on the review.

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