The Tanglewood Murders by David WeedmarkThe Tanglewood Murders by David Weedmark

The Tanglewood Murders

byDavid Weedmark

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Anger is simmering under the bucolic facade of Tanglewood vineyard. All Ben Taylor wants is to get away from the police force where he worked undercover for years. The RCMP has cleared his name in an Ottawa shooting, but that hasn't cleared his conscience. He arrives anonymously at Tanglewood Farms in Southwestern Ontario, where he worked in his youthful summers. Back then, it was a simple family-run vineyard, but it is a far different place today. The farm has become the hub of a powerful family empire. When a body is discovered in a shack on the farm, Ben is drawn into the investigation. Meanwhile, the woman who was once the love of his life now lives as a recluse behind the darkened windows of the farmhouse. As she begins to reveal to Ben her own dark secrets, they become suspects in the eyes of the police, the migrant workers, and even each other.

Poet and novelist David Weedmark, who was born and raised in Ontario, has lived and worked throughout Canada. He embraced many different occupations and lifestyles. His first novel, The Tanglewood Murders, comes from his experiences working with migrant farm workers in southwestern Ontario. His first poetry collection, First Stirrings,...
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Title:The Tanglewood MurdersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.5 × 5.12 × 0.7 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926607090

ISBN - 13:9781926607092

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Hoping for an anonymous escape from a past that haunts him, Ben Taylor returns to Tanglewood Farms, where he spent time working as a youth. Once a quiet, family-run vineyard in Ontario, Tanglewood has since become the base of a powerful family empire - an empire whose secrets are threatened when the body of a young woman is discovered in an abandoned shack on the farm. The Tanglewood Murders is author David Weedmark’s newest release, a mystery-thriller taking place in and around a fictitious vineyard in Southwestern Ontario. At once a crime novel with twists and turns that make it difficult to put down, The Tanglewood Murders also examines the deeper subjects of grief, guilt, abuse and love through the well developed characters that inhabit its pages. David Weedmark is a master of description. His elegant prose draws the reader in, allowing them to feel a part of the scenery which he is creating. From the first sentences of the prologue to the last sentences of the final chapter, the reader is enveloped in stirring imagery and evocative depictions which serve to enhance the tone of the novel. Do not mistake this for the (too familiar) type of ‘reporting’ that can lull a reader to sleep; the author’s ability to perfectly create the scene in the reader’s mind is accomplished in beautifully written, suggestive language which will keep readers on the edge of their seats through each chapter. David has created an unforgettable protagonist in Ben Taylor. A man with secrets of his own, pulled unavoidably into a murder investigation, Taylor is attempting to escape the ghosts of his past, even as that very past is catching up with him on both professional and personal fronts. In fact, all of the characters in The Tanglewood Murders are expertly written, and the reader is allowed to get to know each of them on their own terms. Through their interactions with each other, their environment and the unfolding story, readers become familiar with the inner workings of every suspect – for there are few characters that do not fall into the simmering pot of suspicion that Weedmark has cooked up. As the author cleverly leads you through the landscape of Tanglewood, tantalizing secrets are revealed in hushed conversations and peeks into the minds of the players; each revelation a piece of the puzzle that must be completed before the characters can find the answers that they seek. When one question is answered, another takes its place; the reader will find themselves mulling over the facts - torn between certainty and doubt - right along with the characters. This is a wonderfully written, suspenseful crime novel which strikes the ideal balance between character examination and thrilling action. The captivating plot will keep you guessing, and you will find yourself at the end of each chapter thinking, “just one more”, until you finish David Weedmark’s gripping and intelligent book, The Tanglewood Murders.
Date published: 2010-11-17

Editorial Reviews

"David Weedmark of Ottawa is a highly praised poet, but this debut novel shows his gritty side... Weedmark has a solid character in Taylor, and he’s got a good ear for dialogue and a great setting." -The Globe and Mail