Camera…Action…Murder! (The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #4) by Faith Mortimer



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Diana Rivers hadn’t intended to visit England that summer but the invitation to take part in a film-shoot seemed too exciting an opportunity to miss. Life had been quiet for the last year or so and she looked forward to renewing old friendships and meeting a handful of well-known film stars.

The only fly in the ointment, was the venue. Years before, Diana had suffered a terrifying experience in Cheltenham, England – an encounter which she thought she’d resolved. Reassuring her partner, Steve that all was well and that dreadful episode was behind them, they went ahead and confirmed their acceptance.
Little did she know that the filming was only a minor part of the show about to be enacted. Once again, Diana is drawn into events which threaten to spiral out of control. When a beautiful young actress is accidentally killed, Diana’s reaction is to turn to more sinister thoughts. Was it an accident or was it…murder?
A second body leaves everyone reeling and this time there is no doubt. A callous and vicious murderer or murderers are at large. Diana is fast embroiled in discovering the hard facts, not knowing that she is placing herself in great danger. Watch out Diana! You might be next…


Genre(s):  Mystery, Suspense

Series:  The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #4

Length:  376 pages

Release Date:  2014-01-09



Patrick ignored Russell’s raised arm. Instead, he took a deep breath, turned towards Duncan, and rudely pointing a shaking finger at him, called, “You! i want a word now, if you please.”


My Opinion

This book and/or an invitation by Duncan and Isabelle Macpherson takes Diana and her husband Steve to Cheltenham for a photo shoot as a stage play they once participated in was to be turned into a film.  The death of a young actress triggers Diana’s inner sleuth. As a reader, I automatically tried to solve this strange case – and enjoyed it!

With Camera…Action…Murder!, Faith Mortimer has once again created a thrilling suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions to solve a set of crimes. I had a great time reading Camera…Action…Murder! – it is a very intriguing read. I was drawn into the story right away, thrilled to solve the mystery alongside Diana. This is for you if you like female sleuths, crime writers, suspense with twists and local flair.

A suspenseful book and/or series to read again. I’m eagerly waiting for the opportunity to read the previous volumes of the series.


In brief:

Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed


About the author

Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. A registered nurse, then changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies. Faith is happily married and has two children. She divides her time between the south of England and Cyprus.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Faith Mortimer
Amazon (US):  buy link
Amazon (UK):  buy link


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Camera…Action…Murder!?  Or – if you did not yet read Camera…Action…Murder!  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Camera…Action…Murder! was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





6 thoughts on “Camera…Action…Murder! (The Diana Rivers Mysteries, #4) by Faith Mortimer

  1. I have not read the book but have a vivid imagination so will try to give you a few actors who would make intriguing members to carry out this mysterious plot. I picture a dark haired woman (since I did not read the book, I am probably way off track, ha ha!) who is Diana. I think of Anne Hathaway or Keira Knightley, since it doesn’t sound like she is a mother with children. (I always love Helen Mirren or Diane Keaton for stretching their acting career into my age group.) I think of the young starlet being someone blonde and maybe, Gwyneth Paltrow. The husband, Steve, could be played by Matt Damon or Mark Ruffalo. The director should be a good mystery director. I recently saw a real story fictionalized in “Devil’s Knot.” Don’t know who the director was but it was well told and not sensationalized. Take care and thanks for letting my imagination fly out the window. I would read this book from your recommendation and see the movie, too.

    • You have indeed an awesome imagination! I could imagine a dark haired Cate Blanchett as Diana, Orlando Bloom as Steve, Clive Owen as detective, Maggie Lawson or Gwyneth Paltrow as the ‘starlet’. There is a nice character fitting nicely for Helen Mirren or Diane Keaton as well.
      Who knows if Faith Mortimer had someone special in mind when writing this great book.
      Thank you very much for this detailed comment. 🙂

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