Review by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews

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Intense read

It's a very well written story, and another great one from the author. The characters in Manual for a Murder, are remarkable and well developed. This author definitely knows how to tell a story, making for the twists and story plot unpredictable. A character who believes her life was mundane, changes, and things, life, takes over. I like the way the story was weaved, bringing it to an unforeseen conclusion. Wonderfully done.


Review by Todd, from Australia - Manual for a Murder

This is a fabulous story that had me hooked from the beginning. Gonçalo JN Dias has done a fabulous job in weaving this story together, with a very clever and intense plot. I know how much I’m enjoying a book when I need to stop reading it for work and life’s other interruptions, then I’m excited when I start reading it again, and this is definitely one of those stories. I also like that I didn’t pick the ending.
Marina Fonseca thought her life was ok, nothing special, but just ok. That was until a work college Andre de Carvalho started to show some interest in her. After so many years with her husband Julio, things had grown a bit stagnant, and a change is just what she needed. Of course, Marina had a big decision to make, as there was no turning back once she crossed the line and got together with Andre. What Marina didn’t count on was how hard she was going to fall in love with him and his son. The only hurdle for Marina is that Andre is still married, and it doesn’t look like he’s prepared to leave his wife for her. The big question is, what Marina is prepared to do now. From start to finish this is an exceptional book, and I would certainly recommend it. 5/5 Star Rating.

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Review by Grady on Manual for a Murder

Portuguese born Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain and on his social media listing addresses himself and an author, ornithologist and a cork tree expert! THE GOOD DICTATOR was his debut novel, promising to be the first in a series Gonçalo is calling ‘The Birth of an Empire. The translation form the Portuguese is by Ethan Mortimore. Before the second volume of that series is published Gonçalo has written a fine new mystery that expands our appreciation of his talent as a writer of substance. This book has been translated form the Portuguese by Timothy Came.

In a unique bow to his readers Gonçalo opens with the nidus for his book – ‘Story taken from the Lisbon Chronicle newspaper: “Late yesterday afternoon, in Alto do Colaride, a burnt-out car containing a charred body was found. A local resident informed the authorities, who rushed to the scene and doused the small fire inside the vehicle. At the time of writing, neither the identity of the victim nor any potential suspect in the case had been identified.” And that provides the springboard for this intensely involving novel.

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