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‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green

Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.



So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.


A cold breeze passed across Viktor’s face, and he started. It was May in England, and the weather was still quite cool – but not that cool. Moreover, he knew he had shut the cellar door. Had he read too many novels by Dennis Wheatley, imagined the breeze?

Darius took out the ritual knife he had prepared with the proper runes, actually using a soldering iron to carve the characters into the blade. Continuing to chant, Darius walked around the circle and made a shallow cut on each of their arms. They held their arms over chalked pentagram for a count of three, infusing the circle with life.

Kindle 36%

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ The Diabolist’, was gifted to me, by its author Layton Green.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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  • Your book sounds, well…diabolical! Quite chilling, in fact. It’s certainly a title I will keep in mind.

    My offering is from By its Cover by Donna Leon (Kindle 26%)

    “‘You get any fingerprints from those books?’ he asked, not having had time to speak to Vianello before now. Vianello took a sip of his wine and said, ‘I’ve never seen those two lab guys so close to tears, both of them.’ ‘Why?’ Brunetti asked, and took a bite of his egg and tuna. ‘You ever think of how many people touch a book in a library?’ Vianello set his glass down and picked up a sandwich.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      If you like tales of the occult, then ‘The Diabolist’ is a book you would surely enjoy. A word of warning though, you will need a strong stomach, as the dark and satanic nature of the content is graphically described in great detail, by the author.

      My dad has read many of the Donna Leon books and I now have them languishing in my TBR pile, as yet unread, although I love detective fiction, so I shall get to them one day.

      I did check out the synopsis for ‘By Its Cover’, so I was able to read your teaser lines in context. Imagine trying to isolate a single set of fingerprints from a library book … I know these forensic guys are good, so I wonder if they managed it, or if the perpetrator was eventually caught by other means.

      Any book about books definitely gets my ‘need to read’ thumbs up, so thanks for sharing and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Naida,

      Scary rituals doesn’t even come close to describing events in this book. The first two books in the ‘Dominic Grey’ series were quite explicit, however with ‘The Diabolist’, Layton seems to have taken his ritualistic descriptions to a whole new level of intensity. I am still trying to assess whether it is all a bit too much for me!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you.

  • Loving the to extracts you’ve shared, that second one really is quite chilling.

    Whilst I don’t read what are traditionally thought of as horror stories I do have a fascination with the occult so this sounds like my kind of read ….. even if it does sound like one best read during daylight hours.

    • Hi Kimberly,

      First of all, thanks for deciding to stop by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      Your own teasers were not anywhere near so chilling as mine, so I am not sure just how strong and descriptive you like your action to be. You will definitely need both a strong stomach and a keen interest in the occult, to fully appreciate this author’s undoubted talent and excellent storytelling technique.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      If the facts behind this chilling storyline are even half truth and reality, then we have no idea of just what unimaginable horrors are daily taking place around us.

      If you published, then I would be interested in reading your review, so if you pick up this reply, a link to the post would be appreciated.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Sandra,

      Vivid is such a good word to describe this storyline. In fact I am convinced that Layton’s writing has become more vivid and chillingly descriptive, with each successive book he has written.

      That doesn’t really bother me too much, however the detailed information surrounding the many various cults and religious fanatics who feature in the story, is bogging me down a little, although it isn’t spoiling my overall enjoyment.

      This is definitely not one for the squeamish.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate the comment

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