Roy Dimond

Silence and CircumstancesSilence and Circumstances

     Agatha Christie, pawn or puppet-master? For eleven days in December 1926, that was the question all of England was asking. Was she kidnapped, or possibly a pawn trapped in an international mystery? Or could she actually be the puppet-master, secretly manipulating an entire nation from behind her typewriter?   



 Did one of the most disciplined writing minds the world has ever known really just “black out,” only to somehow reappear eleven days later, feeble and disorientated at a spa hotel?

 And what really was written in her missing diary regarding those eleven mysterious days?   

     Through a weaving of facts and fiction, the adventure unfolds through the perspective of her governess, Charlotte “Carlo” Fisher. Having accepted the role of confidante to the great writer, and ignited by the receipt of a mysterious letter, Charlotte embarks on a sinister and harrowing quest.              In her exploits, Charlotte is aided by many of the famous and elite of the twentieth century.  While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his protégé, Ian Fleming, speed towards Istanbul on the Orient Express in search of Agatha’s diary, Charlotte discovers clues that dispatch her to Berlin where she stumbles into a world gone mad.

         Mysterious societies emerge from the shadows, and it appears something dark is rising...


PLEASE NOTE: This title is scheduled for release on March 23rd. All customers who purchase by March 30th will receive an autographed copy to ship out around the second week of April. Please indicate in the comments of your order how you would like the book dedicated, or else the author will simply sign his name.


Q&A Silence and Circumstance

“Imagination is a wonderful thing. Roy Dimond has it.”
 “It’s the kind of world Agatha Christie would create. Now Dimond has done it as well.” “This is one journey you definitely want to take. You’ll be glad you did.”… Venture Galleries
“It’s one of the best stories around.” Auhors’ Curtilage by Darmie Orem
“Mystery buffs will find very interesting.” Ann Everett

“It’s the quintessential mystery – a mystery writer goes missing for 11 days.” “Dimond turns to fiction and begins a lively romp through the literary salons of the time” “Dimond’s vivid imagination” “This book is entertaining.”… Jan DeGrass Arts and Entertainment Writer for The Coast Reporter
“With talk about a screenwriter creating a TV series with Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, I shouldn’t be surprised that someone thought about making Agatha Christie a fictional character as well... “Silence and Circumstance,” by Roy Dimond, could be the meta-mashup of the year.According to a Florida newspaper, Dimond has stuffed this thriller with every boldfaced name of the 1920s:” “ Give Dimond credit: It’s a high-concept ‘what if’ that’ I’ve never seen before.”… Planet Peschel

“The style of the writing is a meandering, twisting and turning of the reader's mind creating a great long mystery with its unraveling of clues and ultimate finale”… by Roses are Amber

“Never heard of this spin before, really, really interesting.” “Intriguing cover.” “Love this book, great story.” “Really an ultimate original concept… this is really, really special.” “Tons of fans will want this.” “Awesome wicked cool book… someone will turn it into a movie.” “Thank you for having an original idea!”   … … Webb Weaver Books Blog, Talk Radio, C. K. Webb

The mystery novel Silence and Circumstance by Roy Dimond is a remarkable work of historical fiction based in fact and peopled with an unbelievably diverse cast of (for the most part) actual historical figures, such as the aforementioned, along with D.H. Lawrence, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ian Fleming, and more.

The work is largely narrated in the first-person perspective of Agatha Christie's daughter Rosalind's governess, Charlotte Fisher, who finds herself unwittingly involved when a confidential errand for her employer turns into an adventure that spans eleven days of that same employer having gone missing entirely. Others of the more prominent intellectuals feature as perspective characters periodically throughout.

The amount of research that under-girds the mysterious goings-on in the novel is staggering, and author Dimond is to be commended for such substance and authenticity in rendering the historical characters who make up his work. Every so often, there is an occasional line of dialogue, internal thought, or descriptor that doesn't really seem to belong, accurately, in the year 1926, but for the most part, the setting is richly devised.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the mystery, however, is in the incredible cast of characters, each with his or her own respective quirks, preferences, beliefs, and contributions to the forward momentum of the story. Widely read readers will recognize without hesitation the real-life authors and artists of some of their most beloved novels and paintings, in particular, though scientists and other intellectuals also feature as a matter of course.

Unique, unexpected, suspenseful, Silence and Circumstance will delight those who love historical fiction, mysteries, other cultures, and timeless works of art.

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Author: Roy Dimond
Title: Silence and Circumstance
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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