The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden – Book Review

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden – Book Review



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.


Hugh Mullion, his wife, Kate and daughters, Eleanor and Rosie are on holiday in Dorset. Staying at Lenten Cottage, a chair suddenly appears, put there by landlady, Mrs Butterfield from The Hall…..

Hugh finds the chair to be remarkably comfy but loses some change down the side of it, and trying to retrieve it he finds a key…..

This is where his investigation begins…..he finds the previous owner, returns a lost painting and finds a mystery surrounding The Amber Maze, the Assendene family and a deliberately set fire which destroyed the maze many years ago…

A relatively short book, but with so much detail packed in, it keeps you thoroughly entertained, while Hugh discovers more about the Assendenes, their link to Lionel Pybus, a troubled artist whose work is only now being appreciated and the slightly sinister Amber Maze.  A clever, engaging read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



Christopher Bowden lives in south London.  He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme.  The Amber Maze, published in September 2018, is the latest.  His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.”


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