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I was honoured to have been sent a promotional copy of this novel in return for my honest review In actual fact, I was sent the first 20 chapters first to review, and then a copy of the paperback when it was launched I couldn t wait the two weeks for the paperback to find out what happened at the end and promptly purchased the full digital copy fromto find out what happened with no delay What a novel it is It s just that good The author s imagery dances across the page in the form o I was honoured to have been sent a promotional copy of this novel in return for my honest review In actual fact, I was sent the first 20 chapters first to review, and then a copy of the paperback when it was launched I couldn t wait the two weeks for the paperback to find out what happened at the end and promptly purchased the full digital copy fromto find out what happened with no delay What a novel it is It s just that good The author s imagery dances across the page in the form of elegant and confident prose, waltzing the story of a good British tale, swathed in rich and opulent historical fact I do particularly enjoy an author, like V.T Davy, who knows when, where and how to use a good semicolon It was also a really refreshing change to read a mystery that wasn t completely centred on murders and their investigations I find those kind of books to be a bit samey , after reading so many, and this was a breath of fresh air Set in the Chanel Islands, the protagonist, genealogist Arty, has been commissioned to look into the ancestry of actress Helen Valentine for a television programme, Roots which I gather is not unlike our own Who do you think you are I enjoyed the subtle revelations of character for both Arty and Helen, dealing delicately and interestingly with the idea of Arty being transgender The story explores the period of the Second World War and the occupation of the Chanel Islands, where Helen s ancestors lived at the time Delving into the subterfuge and espionage that surrounded those that stood against the Germans in any way they could get away with, the novel digs into the mystery behind what happened to Helen s grandmother, Kay, a resistance member who disappeared seemingly into the ether after being questioned by the Nazis and escaping The tale takes us to Dresden, chasing the story of a brave woman who tried to thwart the Nazi s attempts to hoarde priceless artworks, and discover a hidden bravery to the protagonist, Arty, that I never would have imagined The text itself is full of delightful English colloquialisms, all woven neatly into the tapestry of the story I really enjoyed the writing style, which was very easy to read, but due to carefully and artfully crafted sentences as opposed to a simplicity Without being overtly funny, the writing itself seems to allude to a humorous tone that I can t quite describe accurately I found the turns of phrase making the corners of my mouth twitch a little with inclination to smile.I would sincerely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, anyone who likes a good British novel, or who enjoys a fantastically written book with intriguing and engaging characters ConfusingThere was a lot of confusing language The mc speaks a few times about their feminine vs their masculine traits, which seems an almost elementary break down of gender the feminine traits are alwaysemotionally based and the masculine seems oonga boonga sex and anger For something that tries to tackle transness, it just felt very odd I m not sure if the author is trans or not, so I don t want to go too far with my review of that matter But I will say I ve read books that deal ConfusingThere was a lot of confusing language The mc speaks a few times about their feminine vs their masculine traits, which seems an almost elementary break down of gender the feminine traits are alwaysemotionally based and the masculine seems oonga boonga sex and anger For something that tries to tackle transness, it just felt very odd I m not sure if the author is trans or not, so I don t want to go too far with my review of that matter But I will say I ve read books that dealt with it much much better and if you d like some recommendations I love to spread around good books.The mystery was thin and slow moving up until the end Helen was a boring character who s motivations were supposed to be intriguing but weren t Inge was vastlycomplex and I feel rather heroic She gptnhalf the screen time of Helen, and I got a little tired of reading about how extremely attractive every woman was I get it Women are wonderful But also, i can only read about hips and breasts and lips and sweaty collars so many times.Over all the story was ok, but disappointing for what if been sold on it for I don t not recommend it, but read it with an open mind There is also some weird politics going on about Communism and poor people and stuff that feels on the line for a poor American getting crushed under capitalism Review of Black Art launch sample read 9.10.12The delectable Helen Valentine was a very successful actress, and the television company she was working with at the time, requested the expertise of Arty Shaw, a genealogist with the Heritage Service, incorporating the archives, museum and sites of historic interest, on the island of Jersey They needed him to help trace Helen s grandmother, who disappeared during the war when the Germans occupied the Island The television crew, run by King, th Review of Black Art launch sample read 9.10.12The delectable Helen Valentine was a very successful actress, and the television company she was working with at the time, requested the expertise of Arty Shaw, a genealogist with the Heritage Service, incorporating the archives, museum and sites of historic interest, on the island of Jersey They needed him to help trace Helen s grandmother, who disappeared during the war when the Germans occupied the Island The television crew, run by King, thought there was a good human interest story to be told, but he wanted the information quickly Helen s grandmother, Katherine Kay Marett was a good looking young woman when she married Clarence LeSueur, but Clarey was killed during the Battle of Britain, and as the Germans invaded Jersey, in June of 1940, Kay was in the hospital, having just given birth to a daughter Clarey would never meet This information Helen could give Arty, but she knew very littleArty began his searching through the archives, and turned up very little But he discovered Kay had been sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for distributing leaflets of a banned nature in August of 1942, but she seemed to disappear around that time, leaving her 2 year old daughter Helen s Mum behind.When Arty s boss, Sloman, a brilliant historian, told Arty to discontinue the searching for Helen s grandmother, the reason being a lack of money, Helen immediately put up the funds she needed to know But Arty was wary, there seemed to beto this than met the eye Was Helen being up front with him He continued searching, coming across a propaganda leaflet from 1941, and meeting up with an old neighbour of the Marett family, Flo, who had some memories of the time Kay went missing She said the Germans took Kay in for questioning to the Albert College, but then she just disappeared Arty spoke to Ph lip Marett, who s Dad, also Ph lip, was Kay s cousin, and he added a littleinformation Slowly a picture was beginning to form Arty wished he had met Kay, as she seemed to have been a very brave young woman.But Arty was being followed, and when a note turned up at the archives, he felt extremely uneasy Was it a warning Was he in danger I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first 20 chapters of Black Art, and definitely want to read the rest The author has a great way of describing each scene, so I could picture it all I felt I was there I want to find out what happened to Kay, and why Arty feels something isn t quite right Intensely gripping and fascinating this complex mystery is a spectacular historical masterpiece Black Art by V T Davy I clearly envisage as this years bestseller as it is something that is completely original, fresh and a truly inspired narrative The mystery and secrets are shrouded beneath an intricately woven veil that carefully is unraveled bit by bit as you uncoverabout each character their distinctive past and the history that is connected to it Written in first person the reader Intensely gripping and fascinating this complex mystery is a spectacular historical masterpiece Black Art by V T Davy I clearly envisage as this years bestseller as it is something that is completely original, fresh and a truly inspired narrative The mystery and secrets are shrouded beneath an intricately woven veil that carefully is unraveled bit by bit as you uncoverabout each character their distinctive past and the history that is connected to it Written in first person the reader follows the protagonist Arty Shaw a genealogist working on a peculiarly British island in the English Channel , who begins to delve into the infamous actress Helen Valentine s family tree Whilst uncovering the past about her grandmother Kay Marett, one soon learns that there isthan meets the eye as her disappearance in 1942 turns into the most fascinating exploration adventure The search to uncover the truth stretches throughout Europe and Cold War Dresden, withwartime questions to ensue than Dan Brown s The Da Vinci Code can shake a stick at This 1940 s detective fictional work is as thrilling as reading about Sherlock Holmes on a case, with the jumble of puzzle pieces to slowly fall into place as the quest begins I was given the opportunity of a preview of the first two chapters of this novel, in return for an honest and candid review of my thoughts prior to the book s publication It only takes a few pages for you to loose yourself within this most remarkable, astonishing and quite extraordinary tale that keeps you hooked to the page as the tension begins to build The detailed imagery and descriptions brought the story vividly to life before your very eyes, written in such a fluid and undeniably adept way as to profess a great talent The granite cobbles of museum yard glowed like the tops of a whore s well corseted breasts after a steam bath Another part that also demonstrated this was, Smelled of one hundred years of furniture polish and well bleached lavatories and groups of children sucking fruit drops I am very impressed by this mesmerizing and surprising novel that which I do hope to be able to read in its complete form, having as yet only read a portion of the storyline It is something that I would recommend to many readers who are looking for something quite atypical and innovative, which exudes all that is cherished within mystery and suspense literature with a well researched historical backdrop noir crime fiction featuring hard boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings I can SO picture Humphrey Bogart if he were still alive and in his prime in the role of Black Art s lead character, Arty Shaw OK, instead of a hard nosed detective, our lead character is an archivist He s British, rather than American Oh, and he was actually born with paired XX chromosomes and was referred to as she for a number of years, but medical noir crime fiction featuring hard boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings I can SO picture Humphrey Bogart if he were still alive and in his prime in the role of Black Art s lead character, Arty Shaw OK, instead of a hard nosed detective, our lead character is an archivist He s British, rather than American Oh, and he was actually born with paired XX chromosomes and was referred to as she for a number of years, but medical science is in the processing of correcting that issue for him Please refer to my review of the first 20 chapters below for additional thoughts I am very glad that the author V T Davy selected me to provide a review of their book at no charge, in return for posting honest feedback , and I am looking forward to his next work, whether sequel or independent This was the review that I wrote after receiving a preview of the first 40% of the book I ve read a partial preview of this upcoming book the first 20 chapters Which, of course, leaves a certain frustration when reading a mystery, knowing that I won t be able to find out the answers for another few weeks The book will be released on 01 november It is nice to read a mystery that does not revolve around a murder s at least we haven t had one yet The book has an archivist and a celebrity searching for secrets about her ancestry and perhaps about secrets in the lives of the archivist and the celebrity, as well.On theUK site, the box is checked for Lesbian perhaps it s true, BUT it is misleading because the book is certainly not about sexuality Perhaps it will come into play later, perhaps it is simply that we have a book where a character s sexuality is just one aspect of their personality, rather than THE defining item around which anything else in their day to day existance takes a back seat.Am looking forward to the rest of the book History, gender variance, mystery and some sexiness all in one book Yes I was part of the 100 launch ambassadors for this book, which was provided to me by the author publisher in exchange for an honest review.There are many perils associated with reviewing a book without having finished it in it s entirety Books can shift on a dime, and often if a book s ending is poor the entire book suffers and lessens the enjoyment of it However, from what I have read so far, I m willing to say that that won t happen I will say this about my attitude going into this novel I I was part of the 100 launch ambassadors for this book, which was provided to me by the author publisher in exchange for an honest review.There are many perils associated with reviewing a book without having finished it in it s entirety Books can shift on a dime, and often if a book s ending is poor the entire book suffers and lessens the enjoyment of it However, from what I have read so far, I m willing to say that that won t happen I will say this about my attitude going into this novel I m so used to indie fiction being bad come on, we all think it , that I was perhaps a tad reserved about having to review it afterwards No.The prose is intelligent, and doesn t club you over the head with stuff proclaiming it to be Noir fiction It does what all good fiction should show, not tell At times I missed a few colloquialisms, for I m not British, but I must say that some of the fun was in identifying them and learning what they meant I would highly recommend this book to anyone view spoiler After I finish the book, I ll update the review a littlehide spoiler {READ DOWNLOAD} ⛄ Black Art ã I would have married her before I went away to war too, just to make sure that someone else didn t She was beautiful It started in her eyes and spread to the set of her mouth and the tilt of her chin In both pictures there was a confidence, a courage, a spirit of defiance Not the smile though your house is rubble and you re sleeping in a tube station spirit of the Blitz, but real steel The kind of backbone that would make you do extraordinary things Things that the rest us of wouldn t do Arty Shaw, a genealogist working on a peculiarly British island in the English Channel, is asked by a television company to research Helen Valentine s family tree The award winning British actress wants to know the truth about her grandmother s wartime exploits and Arty is her choice to do the digging which is just fine by Arty When a beautiful blonde like Helen Valentine asks, you don t say noArty s investigation reveals that Helen s grandmother, Kay Marett, was half Jewish and running resistance ops against the German forces occupying her Island When Kay disappears in , a concentration camp seems to be her likely destination, until Arty uncovers a trail stretching from the Island, across Europe, to Cold War Dresden As Arty learns about Kay s extraordinary wartime adventures, obstacles to the truth begin to appear in the form of a star of the Island s amateur theatre, and two menacing East Europeans in suits Arty must challenge his deepest beliefs to discover what happened to KayWritten in the hard boiled, noir style of detective fiction from thes, Arty Shaw is the kind of investigator you want on your side Transsexual and proud of it, with a moral code that means breaking the rules now and again, and a world weary cynicism that takes nothing at face value, Arty won t stop until the truth is out And that can make you unpopular with the wrong sort of people