Mystery Novels

Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder
A novel of mystery and suspense!

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder by Tony Thistlewood is a literary mystery/police procedural set in modern-day England.

Rosalind Parsons has left Oxford before completing her degree and is now registered as a new student in the smaller university which her brother, Rupert, attended before he allegedly committed suicide. Rosalind's tutor, Howard Colebrook, shares her and her brother's interest in identifying the real author(s) behind Shakespeare's works. Colebrook was also Rupert's tutor and was nicknamed "the groper" by a young woman who was sent down after her claims were proven false.

Rosalind is convinced her brother was murdered and is not sure who she can trust as she tries to make sense of his death. A traumatic incident has left her with partial amnesia, which she has been working on with her therapist, Dr. Evans, who seems adamant about Rosalind not trusting or having a friendly or personal relationship with her tutor.

Tony Thistlewood's Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder is an entertaining and enlightening mystery story. Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy the fruits of Thistlewood's research into Shakespeare and the ongoing battle between the faculty's Shakespeare traditionalist, Kimberley Litchen, and tutor Colebrook.

The action takes place on a number of levels: there's the succession of cryptic messages that appear on Litchen's website, a rash of escaped convicts from an institution for the criminally insane, a fascinating series of hypnotherapy dialogues wherein Rosalind parries words and with a 16th century earl and another murder that takes place in the same woods where Rupert's body was discovered.

Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder is the real deal. I found it to be immensely entertaining and plan on reading more books written by this author.

Do you have a passion for mystery novels? Do you enjoy suspense… being kept wondering… on a knife’s edge? Then you should read the plot outline of Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder, a contemporary mystery by Tony Thistlewood, and even take a sneak peek at the book with the free excerpt included here (you will find the link after the Plot Outline below). And if you would like to learn more about some of the historical characters mentioned in this book, click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Plot outline:

Part of Rosalind Parsons’ brilliant mind is a blur, a collection of words on a page waiting to be turned: brother, murder, rape, Shakespeare, Robert Cecil, particle accelerators, husband – these are all strangely linked, all part her life, if only she can remember how and why.

On hearing that her younger brother, Rupert, has died from a self-administered drug overdose, Rosalind leaves Oxford University and heads for Wapen in Lincolnshire where Rupert was a student. But is she going to Wapen to clear Rupert’s name from the stigma of suicide or leaving Oxford to escape her own demons?

Book details:

  • 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
    Black & White on White paper
    346 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1545474402 (CreateSpace-Assigned) 
    ISBN-10: 1545474400 
    BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

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Stealing Tomorrow's Thunder

(Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorites)

… An immensely entertaining and enlightening mystery story… the real deal… Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy the fruits of Thistlewood's research into Shakespeare…

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… Descriptive writing was amazingly good… I enjoyed it immensely - DGM, Cardiff, UK

… I can not put it down… will need to take it to the hairdresser with me. - JM, NSW, Australia

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