House Explodes in Church Square
Murder in Tenterden, an assassin operating from Dungeness, mayhem in Seddlescombe and the Old Police House in Church Square Rye is raised
to the ground in a fearful Semtex explosion that leaves the adjoining houses in danger of collapse.
No need to worry, it all comes out of the fertile mind of local author Nathan Dylan Goodwin in his first novel.
Nathan, who has written several factual tomes including two about Hastings during the War, has produced in ‘Hiding the Past’ a new conception of crime detection that will easily find a home in a feature film or television series.
Hiding the Past is described as a Genealogical Crime Mystery – It is all that and much, much more. The characters spring out of the pages and become indelible in ones mind. Even leaving the book for several days, as I was forced to, did not make them fade. Indeed, Morton Farrier, the Forensic Genealogist, became so real I began looking out for him when I was in Rye or Hastings.
The book is so well written, and local places so well described, it was hard to believe that is was a work of non-fiction. I was sorry when I came to the end of the story. Morton Farrier is the first character since “Biggles” to have stirred my imagination in such a way. I look forward to reading the sequal and would encourage book fans, even those living out of the area, to read, “HIDING THE PAST” but be warned, it is very hard to put down.
Reviewed by Jim Hollands
“Rye’s Own” June 2014
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