A precocious choirboy and his organist girlfriend become embroiled in five murders and the spy scandal of the century.
Reviewed By Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite
In Uncle Klaus by Tony Thistlewood, in the summer of 1949 in Harwell, England, the verger of the church mysteriously dies. A young choirboy is convinced a murder has taken place and his lecherous manager, Gloria Kelly at the grocery store, could hold the answers. When he discovers he is not the only victim of Gloria's advances, he enlists the help of his organist girlfriend to track down her other suitors and bring the killer to justice. Their investigation uncovers a town filled with secrets and possible suspects, a theoretical physicist and immigrant from the Iron Curtain, infidelity, a corrupt policeman, and a dishonest psychotherapist. As further murders occur, the young investigators realize they could have exposed a major spy ring and links to the Communist Party. It will take a further fourteen years while the boy is studying at Oxford University before the murders are finally solved and the killer is caught.
Uncle Klaus by Tony Thistlewood is a very clever and interesting storyline, which is extremely well-written, compelling, and thrilling. The descriptive narrative was amazing and brought the sleepy town of Harwell and its inhabitants to life. I admired how each of the unique characters had many interesting layers to their personalities which were gradually exposed. The dialogue was sharp, believable, and sometimes really witty. I loved the references to major historical events and the pivotal people of that era, including the Iron Curtain, Communism, and Hitler. The detail and accuracy were excellent and highly researched. The plot continuously revealed clues and information surrounding the characters and their secrets which kept my interest throughout. I loved the plots twists as this brought some fantastic tension and excitement. The twist at the end where the killer is finally revealed was superb and totally unexpected. A highly recommended read.
Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers’ Favorite
Five murders and an unknown killer who escapes arrest for 14 years. Can a choirboy and his organist, bell ringer girlfriend crack the case in Tony Thistlewood's Uncle Klaus? When Titch starts stacking shelves and working at Pagett’s Store, he doesn't expect to be involved in a murder case with Mary—the gorgeous, older girl he met in church. However, Titch will soon learn how evil the world is as he searches for a possible murderer and discovers secrets about a sex addict and child molester, spies, and the betting game. It all starts when an experienced bell ringer dies unexpectedly. Many think it's an accident, but Titch and Mary think otherwise, leading to some intense confrontations and a dangerous search that could later backfire. Will Titch and Mary escape getting burned as they play with fire?
Set in 1949 and 1963, Uncle Klaus is suspense-filled, tightly packed with diverse themes, and hard to put down. The book held my attention and kept me deeply engrossed as I searched eagerly through it for the murderer and examined each of the suspected characters. Uncle Klaus gave me a fresh experience of an investigative story as I followed the investigation through the eyes of a child who has limited resources and is told not to ask too many questions. I just had to reach the end and unravel the mystery. And it was certainly worth the wait. I very much loved the vivid descriptions because I felt present in the scenes while picturing them. I highly recommend Tony Thistlewood's intriguing book to readers who love to unravel mysterious plots and form a memorable connection with the characters involved.
Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite (5 stars)
Uncle Klaus is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of real-life historical events. Incorporating past personalities from an eventful period in British history, author Tony Thistlewood weaves an absorbing tale of murder and espionage that spans fourteen years. It's the year 1963, and a man named Titch is being grilled by Scotland Yard about his past. Titch's tale takes him back fourteen years to 1949 when he's a precocious teenager preoccupied with keeping his job at Padgett's Store and impressing his crush, Mary. After witnessing the death of local verger Arthur Wormsley, Titch and Mary suspect foul play. As they investigate further, Titch realizes that the lovers of his boss Gloria Kelly -- a notorious sex addict and predator -- may provide the answers. But a grander conspiracy is at play.
Uncle Klaus is a unique blend of murder mystery and spy thriller that will entertain lovers of mystery and intrigue. The unexpected twists and turns of the plot keep your eyes glued to the pages, and the blistering pace of the narrative refuses to let your attention waver. The non-linear narrative structure piques your curiosity further, and you can't help but try to put the pieces together. I felt compelled by the characters and found Titch, Mary, Gloria, and Uncle Klaus to be my personal favorites. In my opinion, Tony Thistlewood does a marvelous job of integrating historical events with the story and seamlessly brings past personalities to life on the page. I thoroughly enjoyed Uncle Klaus. Highly recommended.
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