The Guardian Stones

The Guardian Stones

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"1941 Britain: Children are vanishing from the village. Is it the powers of an ancient stone circle at work, or a modern predator? In mid-1941, children evacuated to the remote Shropshire village of Noddweir to escape the Blitz begin to vanish. It was not uncommon for city children faced with rural rigors to run away. But when retired American professor Edwin Carpenter, pursuing his study of standing stones, visits the village and discovers bloody clothing in the forest, it is clear there is a more sinister explanation. The village constable is away on military duty so the investigation falls to his daughter Grace. Some villagers see the hand of German infiltrators bent on terror. The superstitious, mindful of the prehistoric stone circle gazing down on Noddweir, are convinced malevolent supernatural powers are at work. And Edwin, determined to help Grace find whatever predator is in play, runs into widespread resentment over America's refusal to enter the war."--
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781464205033
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY REED 2016
Characteristics: vi, 253 pages : map ; 23 cm


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Oct 09, 2017

My interests in ancient standing stones, and Britain's WW II home front, led me to this book. City children evacuated to a tiny Shropshire town overlooked by a circle of stones disappear one by one. A retired American professor who's corresponded for years with the vicar comes to visit just in time to join the search for the first child who disappears, a disliked local. Over about two weeks, more children disappear, adults disappear or die, arson and theft further jar the town. It's like "The Lord of the Flies," with nasty adults added. Good use of dialog and a shocking climax are its best points, but it would take more than that for me to recommend the book.


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