Welcome to the home of the books of Christopher Bowden, author of elegant literary mysteries. Christopher lives in south London and The Amber Maze is his latest book. His previous ones are The Purple Shadow, The Green Door, The Red House, The Yellow Room and The Blue Book.
The Amber Maze
While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side
of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.
Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented
artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret
is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts
of the past are finally laid to rest.
‘A charming and compelling story with a vivid sense of time and place.’
Of The Amber Maze
‘Cleverly plotted and paced. it's a mystery that unlocks the secrets of the past
by illuminating and revealing real people with real trials and tribulations. A gentle
and elegant dissection, delicately done.
A nicely drawn and engaging noirish novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ The Bookbag
‘A quietly compelling read which is as much about the journey of discovery as the
actual mystery contained within. Following on ten years after The Blue Book Hugh
Mullion discovers a key down the side of a chair cushion and begins to search for
answers. A maze sits centre stage, oppressive, dominating, yet reflected beautifully
in the art surrounding it. The Amber Maze sits as a standalone short novel and you
certainly don’t have to have read Hugh’s previous adventure to start here. Christopher
Bowden encourages a simple, almost diary like feel to bring to life the past, as
Hugh unravels the mystery in the present. The Amber Maze is a considered, intriguing
mystery which unfolds at a gentle pace.’ Lovereading