Review: The Mausoleum by David Mark
When lightning strikes an ancient crypt, it exposes a devastating wartime secret in this compelling psychological thriller.
1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn’t belong among the crumbling bones. But when the storm passes and the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe the claims of a hysterical ‘outsider’.
Teaming up with a reluctant witness, local woman Felicity Goose, Cordelia’s enquiries all lead back to a former POW camp that was set up in the village during the Second World War. But not all Gilsland’s residents welcome the two young women’s interference. There are those who believe the village’s secrets should remain buried . . . whatever the cost.
The Mausoleum by David Mark is a chilling tale for mystery lovers.
The story opens with an elderly Cordelia and Felicity, waiting by the bed of an old man, trying to get him talk about something in 2010. Then the plot unfolds with series of flashbacks in the point of view of both Cordelia and Felicity. In the year 1967, the women meet in a graveyard. A sudden rainstorm and a lightning cause a tree to fall over an ancient crypt. The women are shocked to find a corpse that looks fresh as it has been buried, instead of bones and skull. That night, Fairfox, who heads to investigate the scene dies.
The women set off to the scene only to find the corpse is no longer there. Cordelia is hell bent on what she saw and she's determined to figure out the secret beneath it. The rest of the story revolves around the women on how they uncovers the mystery.
The Mausoleum was so different from my usual reads, but I found it quiet interesting and I was intrigued the entire time. Various scenarios popped into my mind, playing the guessing game. I liked the writing style and the mystery surrounding the plot. I thought it was built very well. The Mausoleum is definitely worth a read.
**I received an ARC for this book in exchange of an honest review**
David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. A former Richard & Judy pick and Sunday Times bestseller, he is the author of nine police procedurals in the DS Aector McAvoy series and one historical novel. He lives in Northumberland with his family.
- UK and Australia, 28 Feb 2019
- US and Canada, 1 May 2019