First Sentence: Each time tonight, when her eyelids dropped over burning eyes, she could see the scene again, lit by memory as mercilessly as any performed under television arc-lights.
Actress Helena Fielding
gave up her career when she became the wife of actor Neville Fielding,
star of a highly successful television series. When Neville decides
they should buy a house in the remote village of Radnesfield, nothing is
Talk about an intriguing opening. One, at first,
can’t help but wonder where the story is going, but you sense it is well
worth following the author’s path. You soon realize the story actually
begins in the middle of the character’s narrative, than moves back to.
Rather than this being distracting or frustrating, it proves a
fascinating way of learning about the characters, the backgrounds, and
potential motives. In this case, it is incredibly effective and
The characters, both good and bad, are very
effective. Templeton captures perfectly the nature of a small, insular
village and the collective of gossiping church ladies. Mr. Tilson, an
observer of people and the village, is someone with whom you would very
much like to spend time. The dialogue between him and D.S. Fielding is a
treat… “He smiled. ‘Come and talk to me again. I collect people, you
know.” “’Like slugs in a jam jar,”’ Frances quoted… [No, I don’t know
the source. Anyone?] Tilson’s assessment of people’s reactions to a
disturbing announcement is quite wonderful.
Templeton is a wonderful writer. There is an analogy that is particularly memorable.
“Last Act of All” is an excellent read. It draws you in and keeps you there,
including a very well-done surprise, and a killer I certainly didn’t
LAST ACT OF ALL (Mys/Pol Proc-Helena Fielding/D.S. Frances Howarth-England-Contemp – Ex
Amazon Digital Services, 2014-Novelette