The Welsh Dan Brown sets new thriller in Cardiff Bay
Penarth author Peter Luther, whose supernatural thrillers have resulted in him being dubbed by critics as the Welsh Dan Brown, has published his fourth novel.
A successful solicitor and an accomplished musician, Peter Luther's first novel Dark Covenant became a word-of-mouth publishing sensation and has already been reprinted twice by Y Lolfa.
Following the success of the widely acclaimed Dark Covenant and his follow-up novels, The Mourning Vessels and Precious Cargo, the man critics have dubbed the Welsh Dan Brown launched his fourth novel in Cardiff Waterstones last Friday evening.
The Vanity Rooms is located in Cardiff Bay, in a decrepit building that offers free accommodation to wannabe actor Kris Knight. His room contains a chess game which has a life of its own, where the pieces come to resemble real people, and very soon the game becomes a ruthless one of life and death. The Vanity Rooms is the third in a series featuring Tristyn Honeyman, a Welsh minister and spiritual detective on the trail of a secret society.
Peter describes his books as supernatural thrillers with historical backdrops, but which have modern, relevant themes at their heart. “I write in an unfashionable genre – the supernatural thriller without vampires,” explains the author. “All of my stories are set in Wales, as it's a beautiful, dramatic country with inexhaustible sources of inspiration. The majority of my scenes are, however, set in my home city of Cardiff, because of my familiarity with the area.”
He admits that his fictional work is influenced by his personal experiences. “I'm a great believer in writing what you know about, and this is true even of supernatural thrillers. My stories aren't set on some alien planet or alternative reality. Cardiff is an important location in my books, and the characters are normal people with normal lives.”
Peter Luther has built a loyal band of followers, as testified by the response to his first three novels on his website, www.peterluther.co.uk.
Acclaim for Peter Luther's novels:
“This captivating story will keep you reading until the last page… Five stars.” Waterstones
“This is classic good versus evil horror stuff, enough to make you flinch at times, while admiring the imagination and accomplishment of a very fine author.” Western Mail
“Powerful, mind-blowing stuff.” Gwales
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