Erryn reviews ‘Stylite: Mystery (The Stylite Chronicles Book 1)’ by Tag Gregory and Lily Marie. The ebook was released by the author on November 5, 2020 and is 138 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by William Pierre, released on April 20, 2021 and is 4 hrs and 45 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for honest reviews.
Why I read this book: I love trying new books.
A curious art history student disturbs a lonely recluse holed up in an historic building in downtown Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle”. Together, they investigate the mystery behind the building and in the process unearth evidence of a long-dead, illicit love affair. Will that ancient romance help kindle a modern one for our history sleuths at the same time?
It’s a Mystery, History, Romance.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. New authors to me, a narrator I haven’t heard before, and a genre I don’t usually pick (mystery). I’m so glad I took a chance on this one!
Tristan is an art student who loves architecture. He’s obsessed with the Triangle Building where he often hangs out just to sketch it. That image is very vivid to me, and although it was on the cover of the ebook, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t on the cover of the audio book. All that being said, I have an image of New York’s flat iron triangle building and that style has always intrigued me. Does so for Tristan as well. Only one day, as he’s reviewing his sketch, he realizes he’s sketched a face in one of the windows.
Believing the building to be abandoned, he’s quite surprised. The curiosity gets the better of him and he figures out how to break in. Now, I never condone illegal behavior, but of course I was curious what he’d find. An OCD agoraphobic who hasn’t left the building for a very long time. Tristan slowly gets to know the man, returning again and again. Although he nicknames the man Eggbert, he does eventually find out his name.
And as they grow closer, this odd pair, they begin exploring the building, discovering all her secrets. And she has some doozies.
This book ends on a mini-cliffhanger – there is way more to come. Rest assured, I’ll be snatching up the next book. I want to see what’s hiding in the building, I want to watch the budding relationship between the two men, and I want to know if Eggbert will ever overcome his psychological issues. I’m rooting for him. That Tristan is so understanding speaks volumes, and I like where this is going – but I suspect there’ll be a few bumps along the way.
A quick word about William Pierre. New to me, but really enjoyable. He very much suited the narration of the college student. Can’t wait for the next one.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
TAG is the author of the exciting time-travel romance novel, Time Cures, part of the Time Adventures Series, as well as the brand new series, The Stylite Chronicles. TAG has been writing for almost a decade, starting out with a hesitant toe in the realm of fanfiction before venturing into the scarier world of self-publishing original works. With an eclectic background as a lawyer, microbiologist, all-around nerd, and adventurer, TAG brings an off-kilter sense of humor, unbounded curiosity, a love of details, and astonishing powers of research to all their writing. If you are looking for a griping story, with compelling characters that deal with real world issues, then you’re in the right place. Welcome and enjoy!
Lily Marie is the co-author of the exciting time-travel romance novel, Time Blitz, as well as the Brand New Series, The Stylite Chronicles. Lily has been writing close to for twenty years, but has only ever (until now) dipped her toes into writing fanfiction.
Lily is a born and bred Londoner and loves nothing more than getting lost in a book – whether it be writing one of her own, or reading something from one of her favourite authors.
In her spare time, Lily likes to think of herself as somewhat of a disability rights activist, helping to create change for those that may not have a voice to speak up – or, like Lily herself, those that may have been too quiet to stand up for themselves.. until now.