The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, Iain has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For the characters in Murder at Malenfer, he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history–though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a manor, and any ghosts dwelt only in memory.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.
Iain McChesney has a little bit of everything contained all in one mystery. There is war trauma, friendship beyond the grave, ghosts, a curse, intrigue and a mystery that had me guessing till the end. … Murder at Malenfer is a great read. The story just keeps evolving to the point I had several suspects by the middle of the book only to find out I was wrong on every count. I find that is the sign of a tremendous mystery — one the reader can’t figure out. — Diane K., Amazon reviewer
McChesney took care to weave history into this compelling paranormal story and to capture the war-weariness of battle ravaged France during this period. I’m usually not big on ghost stories (I grow impatient with the crutch of supernatural events to resolve a plot line; to me it often means the author was too lazy to figure a real solution) but in this case, the ghosts were almost secondary to the real story of a man trying to solve a mystery… and do the best he can to honor the memory of a dead friend. — Karin Langhorne Folan, Goodreads reviewer
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