Author Name: Claire Stibbe
Book Title: The 9th Hour
Genre and Sub-Genre: Crime, Psychological Thriller, mystery
Book Content Rating PG13
Originally from England, Claire lived in Hong Kong for three years before eventually finding a second home in New Mexico, USA. Her genres include Historical Fiction and Crime.
She has written two historical fiction novels, Chasing Pharaohs and The Fowler's Snare, both set in ancient Egypt during the 18th Dynasty. She has just completed a psychological thriller, The 9th Hour, the first of a detective series set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published by Crooked Cat Publishers in November 2015. She is currently working on the second in the series which will be published early 2016. She has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books, a publisher of anthologies. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.
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The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders but the new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number nine. The suspect is incarcerated in the state's high security penitentiary but Police Chief Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl vanishes.
Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve this baffling crime that weaves ancient Norse legend around the dense forests of New Mexico’s Cimarron State Park. Time is running out. Can they beat the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his ninth victim?
Ancient Dynastic Egypt meets "Game of Thrones"~ Written Blissfully!
By Mark Fine on September 8, 2015
Ancient Dynastic Egypt meets "Game of Thrones" was my delighted sense of Chasing Pharaohs as I ventured into a vivid world of scandal, incest, corruption, mayhem, power and sensual intrigue. Add to this seductive mixture ancient lore, otherworldly creatures--and brilliant research; and my senses were further tantalized by both the rich tale read and knowledge of ancient Egypt gained. Author C.M.T. Stibbe writes blissfully which gave further credence to both the story and the times she unveils in her lavish story. Similar to an elegant foreign film it took several pages for this reader to get used to "the period accents" but once in the groove it became immensely readable; and in the end the book’s distinctive "voice" contributed mightily to my complete immersion within it. In reflection I wish history would be taught in college and schools with historical fiction works such as "Chasing Pharaohs" as an adjunct to traditional fare. I have no doubt through books such as Ms.Stibbe's 18th Dynasty Egypt would come better alive—as it did in mine, in the students' imagination. As an historical fiction novel this book made an indelible impression on me, and I look forward to reading the sequel.
With a leaner, cleaner style of writing, the rich mythology of CMT Stibbe's world grips us right from the outset. Already we have a sympathetic protagonist and a clear story arc in the first chapter - already we're looking forward to where the story will take us.
- Rachel Faulkner, Digital Project Editor, Harper Collins Publishers
Written historically with the knowledge of an archeologist and the passion of a troubadour, readers will be bound by the spell that C.M.T. Stibbe weaves from the very first page.
- John Breeden II, Author of Old Number Seven
The author is well versed in historical fiction and is able to call upon a wealth of self-gained knowledge of ancient Egypt, the subject as huge as the land base it represents. I do love this book for the way it's written.
- Neville Kent, Author of The Secrets of the Forest Series and One Off, Sir!
The author's research is excellent. Her description verges on the poetic and is in keeping with the superstitious and spiritual culture she invokes. A very powerful and poetic piece of literature.
- Karen Charlton, Author of The Heiress of Linn Hagh and Catching the Eagle.