'Glastonbury' - A Novel by Brian L Porter

A Joe Cutler Mystery/Thriller


Glastonbury, by author Brian L Porter,  is now available in paperback from Amazon.com and from 4RV Publishing.

Brian L Porter is a member of The American Authors Association and the Military Writers Society of America.

Glastonbury – A modern mystery




Time is running out!

Hired by millionaire businessman Malcolm Capshaw to search for a hitherto fabled historical artefact in the shadows of Glastonbury Tor, Joe Cutler and his team from Strata Survey Systems are drawn into a web of sex, lies, deceit, murder and betrayal as the artefact is revealed to be bogus and the real purpose of their search is slowly exposed. A menacing background presence in the form of an old-established London crime family appears to display an abnormal interest in the goings-on in the ancient town where Christianity laid its roots in England, and where, aided by the enigmatic and flamboyant university professor Lucius Doberman, Joe and his team must solve the mystery of Glastonbury before the sinister historian Walter Graves makes the discovery that could cost the whole team their lives!

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Book Title:  Glastonbury

Author Name:  Brian L. Porter

ISBN #:  Not Yet Available

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Date Released :  Summer 2008

Genre :  Mystery; Thriller

Book Format (eBook, Print):  Paperback

Rating: 4 Klovers

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Story Summary


Joe Cutler and his team of surveyors have been hired by millionaire, Malcolm Capshaw to find a legendary historical artifact in Glastonbury. Suddenly the true nature of what Capshaw is really seeking is revealed, and Joe and his team must discover it before Capshaw’s dangerous game of cat and mouse comes to a deadly end.


Brian L. Porter takes us to mysterious Glastonbury in his latest thriller. The backdrop conjures up images of gothic history, Arthurian legends and beautiful castles in ruin, a perfect setting for this riveting mystery.


As I’ve come to expect from this author, the characters are vivid. The villains Porter has created in this book are truly easy to despise and the hero’s are a pleasure to root for. Joe Cutler was a strong and righteous character that was very likeable, but I think my favorite was the flamboyant Lucius Doberman who added a charming facet to the story.


The author also did a fantastic job of telling the sadly realistic sub-story of Malcolm Capshaw’s secretary, Charlotte. It was as captivating as the main plot and tied in very well as an eventual part of the whole.


Don’t take anything at face value. Glastonbury takes you on twists and turns and if you think you have it figured out, you’re probably mistaken. The surprise ending is sure to catch you off guard.



 Reviewed By:  Terri

Email:  Terri@ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

Another Review

Glastonbury – A Review


Glastonbury, where ancient lore clashes with the comings and goings of rock bands and concerts and the weight of centuries hangs in the mist during the mornings. Joe Cutler and his team of professional surveyors at Strata Survey Systems are the best surveyors money can buy, but even they go through a lean patch every now and then. When millionaire businessman, and patron of a number of other historical projects, Malcolm Capshaw offers them a fair sum of money to find a legendary artefact, how could they refuse?

            It almost seems too good to be true, but with no good reason to turn down that kind of money, they decide to humour Capshaw. Everything seems fine, at first, but as the search for this relic continues the events begin to spiral into a course that will lead to certain disaster. Capshaw is not everything he appears to be, and the historian he hired to help Joe and his team is as sinister as they come. Joe and his team seek the help of Lucius Doberman, a flamboyant professor from Oxford, and together they unravel the secrets, and discover that their lives hang in the balance at the hands of historian Walter Graves.

            Glastonbury is a story that starts off with Joe and his crew ready to embark upon another project. You feel their excitement at embarking on this new project, however odd it may be. You feel it as the little clues pop up causing each of them to begin to doubt that everything is as it seems. Bit by bit, it pulls you in, just one more page, just one more chapter, and before you know it the whole thing is unfolding towards the epic conclusion.

            Brian L. Porter has created a gem of a novel in Glastonbury. It is among his best yet, and a story that is both realistic and epic in its scope. It is chock full of unforgettable characters, and vivid scenes. If there is one book worth buying this year then it is Glastonbury.

            While the ghosts of past warriors do battle still, with ethereal swords and fading battle cries; herein lies, guns, sex, murders and gangsters are proving that Glastonbury is not the quiet corner of England that it is made out to be!



            --Graeme S. Houston, Publisher: Balderdash International Literary Journal.




A Third Review

Brian L. Porter has taken his amazing imagination, a lot of research and strong talent to create a tale that shows the ordinary as the extraordinary.  The same unique style so apparent in his shorter works doubles in this must-read latest. Glastonbury is guaranteed to entertain and ensnare.  ~ Kristina Dalton, Author of Vampire's Lover, The King's Right, The Ring, BooksOnboard bestseller Taken, Unleashed, and Untold

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Exploring the Dark Side of Human Nature


Porter digs deep into the minds and psyche of human nature, when creating his fictional characters, even the heroes are flawed and fallible, no ‘cardboard cut-outs” here.


UK- Brian L Porter is no stranger to dark psychological thrillers and mysteries, with four paperbacks from various world wide publishers, and a Top Ten finisher in the annual Preditors and Editors Readers Awards for mystery prose-- Kwips and Kritiques quotes his latest work Glastonbury to be released this spring by Rain Publishing Inc. as “Vivid… The villains Porter has created in this book are truly easy to despise and the heroes are a pleasure to root for.”


Porter extensively researches details, using knowledge from police forces, and in particular the Scottish forces-he is surrounded with books on forensics, true crime, and history matters and injects these facts into his muse combining effortlessly true facts with fictional entertainment.


When asked how Porter came up with the title of Glastonbury he told us that he visited the town of Glastonbury many times in his life, and had always been awed by the sense of history and mystery that surrounds the old abbey and the town itself.” When I needed a location for the novel I could think of no better place than Glastonbury, with it’s connections to history and legend, and the simple title Glastonbury is intended to be a mystery in itself, as it gives little clue as to the depth of the mystery contained within its pages.”


“The locations used in the book are for the most part realistic, though some of the names of individual places are fictional. The references to the technical use of the Ground Penetrating Radar Systems used by Strata Survey Systems are the results of research into the procedures used by those working with the equipment and as such are as accurate as it was possible to make them in the context of the story.” Porter quotes.


Porter’s writing style write described as bordering on the edge of the mind, and digging deep into the minds and psyches of the characters he creates will be a pure delight for fans of mystery thrillers.” I love exploring the ‘dark side’ of human nature, and in so doing I try to make my characters, even the heroes, flawed and as fallible as the next person. I try to avoid ‘cardboard cut-out’ or stereotyped heroes and villains.”



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Esprit de corps

The following poem by my good friend David Lonsdale is reproduced with his kind permission and sums up the mystery and romance of the Arthurian legends attached to the ancient town of Glastonbury

 Esprit de corps


As I sat upon the conical hill called a Tor

I could hear the weeping of Morgan Le Fay

In harmony with the Lady of the Lake

Knowing full well that they would never

See their gallant Arthur wield the

The might of his Caliburn

Forever cursing the Battle of Camlann


© David Lonsdale


Reproduced by kind permission of David Lonsdale