No doubt having read the title of this book you will have already tagged it as another Agatha Christie style doppelganger (nothing wrong with that of course). However, the reality could not be more distant.
In Bitter Seeds, Ian Tregillis sends us back to 1939 Britain; a nation at war and about to suffer its worst military defeat in living memory upon the shores of Europe. In this book Ian cleverly interlaces the supernatural with the history of the time, pitting the dark magic of the old empire against weird science of the new.
Too far fetched you think? Not so. I found the tale both convincing and absorbing, and the strong story line had me galloping along towards the final page at a breakneck pace. The backdrops too are atmospheric, the plot lines strong and the characters full of life and interest. I found Bitter Seeds to be a real breath of fresh air, perhaps with subtle aromas of H.P. Lovecraft here and there. I certainly can’t wait to read book two.
So what of the writer? Certainly I had not heard of Ian Tregillis before. However, throughout the book Ian demonstrates great skill. Clever details in a character’s manner are picked out, lending them depth and humanity. Similarly, places are given atmosphere with subtle hits of smell, sound or feel. The net result is a very immersive experience that you are going to want more of.