Socialite and author, Deborah Dangerfield, turns up dead at the Malthouse Theatre hours before the launch of her latest, and potentially controversial novel. Detective Brendan O’Leary, his DC Ange Micelli, and their team, must work through the mire of conflicting evidence to find the perpetrator. What starts off as a potential crime of passion, becomes quickly embroiled in the world of drugs, racing, high (and low) society, and of course, political scandal.
Simpson has clearly done her research in terms of how police conduct investigations, and the issues, both internal and external, that they face in the completing of their work. The progression of the case, being one full of false leads, difficult witnesses and conflicting statements, is believable and adds to the overall flavour of the story.
One of the most endearing features of the book is the rich and detailed description of both person and place. Simpson provides full and easily visualised accounts of the locations, and those familiar with Melbourne and Ballarat will readily identify the places in the story.
The characters are well-developed, with much detail devoted to their personal lives and the impact that their socio-economic and cultural backgrounds have on the performance of their work. With their human flaws, the players are not always likable but are always believable.
“A Body of Work” offers the reader a complex plot with multiple twists and turns. One needs to keep up with the intertwining interpersonal relationships between the extensive cast of players to fully appreciate the plot development and multifaceted conclusion
I expect that this will be the first of a series of book by Simpson, and look forward to the next installment. Recommended for lovers of crime thrillers, who are looking for a little more than a standard quick and dirty noir-style read. Grab a beverage of your choosing, find a cosy place to sit, and get stuck in.
I received a free copy of this book through Sisters in Crime - Australia, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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- File Size : 429 KB
- Print Length : 249 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Hybrid Publishers (12 September 2018)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07N2MTKPJ
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 603,750 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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