James is able to build a mystery using the past, evoking the charm of the area, a history that today still rattles many cages. In the darkness of the woods, this history still carries anger and danger, and Ms. James is able to make you feel the tension in the air.
I found the story to be very well done, and hard to put down. If you love a mystery this one is just the thing to keep you guessing. There are so many possibilities, and yet the author sprinkles in enough red herrings to throw even the best of mystery buffs off track.
A Place to Die is a great book for your library. It would be a good book club novel or even one for a reading group. There are many potential controversies that would make good discussion fodder, but the theme and tone would also make for a fun read.
The ending will surprise you for many reasons — it was well done and interesting, actually quite satisfying in its own way.