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Terrific crime mystery leaves you guessing until the end. The continued development of the main characters and their back stories and everyday lives brings these stories to life. In this book DS Marie Evans scores a lot of the limelight along with supporting characters Laura Archer and Sam Page.
3.0 out of 5 starsWe get there, one way or the other.
Reviewed in Australia on 5 December 2021
Said by Marie at the end of the story. That pretty much sums up how these detectives solve their cases. The are not smart or clever. Their results are pretty much the result of dumb luck,, or the work of their victims.
If you try to not think too much about the content, this is a pleasant read.
This is the first , and probably only, Joy Ellis that I have read. She does the unforgivable, at least for me. Inventing places. I only got to page eleven before the hackles were vertical. Saltern-le-Fen doesn't exist and neither does Fenchester. It is quite normal for authors to create entirely fictional universes or populating real places with fictional people but indiscriminate mixing grates. For instance , here there is reference to Hogwarts which does exist as a fictional place; The RAF , a well known British military organisation, so why create fictional towns and villages in a real UK? It may be your cup of tea, but isn't mine. I struggled on for a chapter or two, but everything seemed contaminated. There was even a forensic error in the description of poor Nan's demise. The author says she missed the top step and fell , but the first responder discovered a trip wire had been installed across the top step. So if she had missed the top step , how could her ankle have a red wheal on it from hitting a wire? My attention was lost by then anyway. So, not for me. Maybe not for you.
This book could have been finished in 150 pages and received 5 stars. But instead it's long, repetitive, with unnecessary dialogue, silly, and boring. Very unexpected from Ellis. Let's hope for better in th future.