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‘A Thousand Cuts’ By Thomas Mogford

Prologue – Gibraltar, April 1940

Frightened?’ Harry looked across at his superior officer in surprise. He couldn’t imagine Engineer Commander Arthur Baines being frightened of anything.

The older man stopped in the darkness of the road, reaching into his pocket for a pouch of tobacco. ‘Poor choice of word, perhaps,’ he said, as he packed the bowl of his pipe. ‘But it is a daunting thing. To have a child. Suddenly, one finds one has so much to lose.’

Part One – Gibraltar, Present Day

Spike Sanguinetti walked alone up Engineer Road, scuffed leather briefcase swinging from one hand. His destination – Her Majesty’s Prison, Windmill Hill – had replaced the old gaol at the Moorish Castle, a medieval fortress whose crumbling walls had proven a little too porous to criminals intent on escape. Though it was under a mile from Spike’s office, most of the journey was uphill, and the levanter breeze laden with moisture from its passage up the Mediterranean, brought the usual film of sweat to his high tanned brow.

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    • Hi Sherry,

      I am left wondering if the bullet hole is a remnant from the Second World War story, or from the modern day investigation – or maybe both?

      This is the 5th book in the Spike Sanguinetti series and I really liked the look of the cover art, when viewed together as a suite..


      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I quite like the idea of a thriller series set in Gibraltar and would be interested to know what made author Thomas Mogford pick there as a suitable location in which to set his stories.

      Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope that you have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      I really like the unique location author Thomas Mogford has chosen for his characters and I shall be particularly intrigued and interested to uncover exactly how the past and present collide and what secrets bind them together!

      Thanks for visiting this week and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

  • It does sound like an interesting book, but I’ve read an awful lot of WWII books in the past year or two. I like the idea of going back and forth with that and present day, though. I’ll certainly keep my mind open to it for the future.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Yvonne!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I also went through a spell of reading books with story lines centred around the World Wars, although many of those were straight historical fiction sagas, rather than thrillers.

      Psychological thrillers and suspense murders have rather dominated my reading of late though, so I don’t mind the odd war-time references being introduced and I really quite like the idea of Gibraltar as the setting for the story and indeed the series.

      I hope that you are reading something really good and have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      We don”t have children of our own, but I know what it would be like should anyone want to harm any one of our nieces or nephews in any way, or God forbid, anything should happen to any of them.

      To know that you are responsible for another human life and will always feel that way, no matter how old the child becomes, is surely the ultimate sacrifice, both physically and emotionally.

      Thanks for stopping by. It is great to touch base with you again and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      A few years back, this format of story line wouldn’t have grabbed my attention at alI. However, just recently, I have read a few books where the story line has switched between time periods and I have totally enjoyed them. I am definitely looking forward to reading ‘A Thousand Cuts’.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I would be giving nothing away in revealing that Spike is a defence lawyer, so I can only wonder if either he, or perhaps the client he is going to visit in prison, is related to either of the men having the War time conversation?

      Thanks for visiting, it is great to touch base with you again and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

        • My reading is also painfully slow, however I am inundated with promotion, blog tour and guest post requests, which I do thoroughly enjoy offering as a service, but I must find a way back into my main priority – reading!

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