There were two things that intrigued me about this particular book - enough to ask to review it. The first was that it was set in the state I reside in, Maine. The second, it was a mystery. I enjoy reading mysteries and figuring out "who-dun-it."
Mortal Fire is the first book in The Secret of the Journal series by author, C.F. Dunn. The setting is a fictional university in Maine where visiting professor Emma D'Eresby has come to teach for a year. During the course of the book we journey with Emma as she meets the other professors, some of which become instant friends, some who become enemies, and one who becomes a potential suitor. Emma agreed to come to the university in order to see a journal that her grandfather has alluded to and one she has only a few pages from. It's a journal that holds secrets that may change her life forever. You can read the first two chapters online.
Author C.F. Dunn runs a school for dyslexia and autism in South East England and enjoys writing in the South West. She describes this as "living between the here and now and the never-never."
It took me a bit to get in to the book. However, once I delved in, I had a hard time putting it down. Whenever I read mysteries I'm constantly trying to figure out who the plot. This book has a twist I simply can't figure out. And while I knew it was the start of a new series, I was not prepared for the ending!!! I was laying on the couch reading it one after when I was feeling a bit under the weather when the book came to a seemingly abrupt end. I literally yelled, "NO!" and wanted to chuck it across the room. This is all actually a good thing....I really want to find out what happens next! That means I'll be waiting very impatiently for the next book in the series, Death Be Not Proud.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book through the Kregel Publications Blog Tour program. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions stated above are mine alone.