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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2019
This was a nice read, I am very fond of murder mysteries, especially ones that are set in a historical context. This was very well done, period correct. Well written, the main characters are well developed with the rest fitting just right for their part of the story. This was a home run.
It was a very easy to book to read as it flowed. The characters seemed real and the details of Viking life were very believable. Lots of suspects in the murder mystery and kept a secret right up until the end.
Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders, #1) by Lexie Conyngham was a thrilling tale of murder, suspense, and of course trying to find who did the deed.
My first read by this author, I jumped right in, as I love me a good murder mystery. Sadly to say I didn't get a good murder mystery.. no, I. Got. A. Amazing. One! This book kept me guessing till the end and I'm so happy that I was left in dark as possible, because when you get the answer you're going to be racking your brain trying to figure out what you missed.
I'm not going to give anything away, no spoilers here. But you must know that the writing is detail, engaging, and smooth. It keeps your attention, and simply sucks you into the world that Lexie Conyngham has created. I hardly looked up from this tale. I felt like I was there, apart of the mystery and suspense. I started to get just as suspicious as the townspeople, and at one point I was questing our MC. You can't look away in fear you'll miss something important. I found myself reading a little slower, to try and piece this puzzle together.
Overall this book is worth your time and energy. If you love mysteries this book will be right up your ally. Even if you don't, this book will still capture you. This is the book to break you out of your comfort zone, or even to break you out of a funk. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will not only love this book, but be begging for more.
4.0 out of 5 starsA historical suspense novel that will have you second guessing until the very end
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2018
Tomb for an Eagle is the first book in Lexie Conyngham’s Orkneyinga Murders series. The book is a historical work of fiction, set in the Viking era, that is a tale of murder and suspense. Sigrid’s day can’t get any worse when she stumbles upon a dead body, that appears to be a messenger for Thorfinn. Thrown into an intense game of ‘who did it’ Sigrid and her best friend Ketil, must solve the murder before it’s too late. This was my first ever historical read that focused on Scottish and Norse history. I found the plot very captivating, as I tried to guess who the killer was. The story was full of twists and turns, that had me second guessing every character until the very end. I really liked Sigrid as the main character; she was incredibly loyal to Ketil, and fiercely independent. I really loved the way the story was wrote, it beautifully captivated the setting of the Scottish Isles, as well as the time era it was set in. I thought the research that went in to this story was incredible, as all the small details really added to the story and the experience of reading it. I really enjoyed this first book by Lexie Conyngham and gave it a 4/5-star rating
Tomb for an Eagle (Orkneyinga Murders Book 1) by Lexie Conyngham, 4 stars.
Ketil is searching for answers. That is what lead him to The Brough. He is searching for their leader, Thorfinn. But Thorfinn is away, so Ketil decides to wait. He pretends to be a simple trader, not knowing who he can trust. But it turns out all he gets is more questions. Oh, and the dead body they found. Who killed him and why? Not to mention that he has heard rumors that the ghost of a man he knows to be dead. But ghosts and resurrection of the dead aren't real. Are they? Are there those that still worship the old gods? Do they possess these powers? Will he find answers or is someone really bent on keeping him from finding the truth?
This a what I would describe as a historical suspense mystery. It is set in the time of the Vikings. In my opinion, the description that comes with the book does not give this story justice. There is so much going on than just the rumors that a dead man is alive again. A dead body is found not to long after Ketil arrives. Plus there are other "accidents" that seem to happen. Plus Ketil, with the help of Sigrid, has to take on the sole of detective, trying to find out just what happened. This puts him danger and he doesn't even know whom from. The story is quite interesting, but I admit I had trouble getting into it from the beginning. There were many words I did not know and did not quite understand where the story was going. But the more I got into, the less I could put it down. It really is imaginative and like nothing I have read before.
I highly recommend this book to others who enjoy historical suspense.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe start of another fantastic series from Lexie Conyngham
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019
I'm a bit of a fan of the Murray of Letho and Hipolita Napier books by Lexi Conyngham, but this is the first of the Orkneyinga Murders that I've read. I will admit that it took me a few chapters to fully get into the names and words used. Not that there are heaps of Norse terms, but there was certainly an instant feeling of this book being set in an older world than our own. There were also a few of the characters that had similar names, mostly beginning with H, but once I had them straight in my mind I was well away and deep into the world of Ketil and Sigrid. There is quite a high body count in this book, at least by the time that we reach the end. This is, of course, a bloodier time than our own. The idea that you can kill someone and then pay compensation so that it's not a problem seems completely crazy today. But there are also quite a few strands of the plot to unravel here and the high body count is also down to there being more than one part of the mystery to deal with. I really enjoyed reading Tomb for an Eagle and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series as they appear (I think that there is only one other at the moment). The mystery was good and worked well. I'd worked out most of it by the end, but it was far from obvious who was behind it all and why.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2018
In this new mystery series we find ourselves in the Orkneys in the Viking times, with the lords and their men, farming and fighting. The women spin, weave and get up to all sorts else. Sigrid finds a body buried in a gulley on her farmland. Ketil is looking for the murderer. The dead man was one if his followers. Through the eyes of these two, we watch the building of a new church, though the dead man was buried with the old ceremonial. Sigrid and Ketil each find small details of what’s been going on, and this body isn’t the only one we encounter. It’s a really good, though most unconventional, historical detective novel and I couldn’t drag myself away from it once I’d started. The cover art is stunning, too.
the plot sags a bit here and there, the middle is rather dull, but by skimming and skipping i made it through...the characters are interesting, the setting is brilliant, the intrigue, murders, conspiracies and trickeries a bit blunt and obvious...but, on the whole, amusing, at a good price...i hope the rest in the series will be tauter, less floppy and move faster... for readers interested in thorfinn the mighty, the earl of (parts) of the north of what became great britain, i recommend dorothy dunnett's text, the king hereafter, where you get a less cosy and more heroic picture of the time of turbulence, between the years 1000 to 1066, or thereabouts...there are many other texts, including real icelandic sagas, that deal with that period too...fascinating....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2019
The story is an excellent mix of murder mystery and well researched history of Orkney. Language, geography, history and just the Orcadian feel all compliment the search for a reason and cause of the stranger's death. enjoyable on all levels.
Having been to Orkney I looked forward to settings I have visited, but was a little disappointed, (unreasonably, I admit), when this wasn't the case. However, I think the descriptions of Viking life, and the natural landscape were excellent. I enjoyed the who-dun-it storyline, but nothing was too horrific for those of a nervous disposition! I look forward to the next in the saga.