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Too Clever By Half (A Davies & West Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"With beautiful writing, laser-fast plot, memorable characters, and vivid settings, Will North weaves a mystery that should catapult him into the 'A' List of British Crime Writers. You've found your next great read."
--New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni
About the Author
- ASIN : B074DLLQZV
- Publisher : Northstar Editions (29 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4090 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 100,655 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From the criminal investigation which demonstrated how personal interests and knowledge could highlight otherwise overlooked vital information, to inexperience causing a clue to identifying the other guilty party to be missed, both the leading and support characters were well drawn with good depth making them relatable and believable.
Found one fault only...but maybe It was there and I missed it. I may have to reread the last few chapters.
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'high speed RNLI rescue boat' when the coastguard is talking to a trawler skipper? - he means a 'lifeboat', tractor 'motor'? - he means 'engine', 'burlap' sack? - he means 'jute', 'neck ornaments'? - he means 'torcs', lifeboat 'captain'? - he means 'coxswain'. And so on and so on.
Generally though the book comes across as a bit immature. I don't know how else to describe it, because it's hard to put my finger on how I would improve it. It's just a bit Janet and John for an adult book. The writing style is just a bit clunky and the attempts at dialogue (or what is supposed to be amusing banter) are just awful.
Something which I seem to say a lot in my book reviews - there is NO ONE in this book that I like or empathise with. At this stage the characters still feel 1 dimensional and, without checking the title, I've actually no idea who the central character(s) are meant to be.
I seem to have given up on a fair few books recently (downloading free ones, while looking for new authors) and I really do feel bad about being so critical as I wouldn't have the patience to write a book myself. But I have read thousands and I know what I like. And I'm not enjoying this one.
The book is written in a way that jumps from before the murder to after the murder, but again this is not made clear; dates are written in to the prose but not made to stand out and consequently I did not pay attention to the fact we were jumping time for a fair chunk in the beginning.
The characters are not given any real depth and I did not have the chance to feel anything for any of them, which meant I was unable to emote with the story.
Grammatically this author has a real problem with closing his speech marks; once is a mistake but this happens at least three times. A couple of words missing from sentences here and there made it a slightly sloppy read.
The ending was really rather poor. In fact, the story is completely missing a conclusion, which is unfulfilling for the reader.
Additionally, there are elements written in to the story that are pointless: why was a witch mentioned? What was the relevance of Novak having two daughters? Why was Joellyn made to walk about topless? What was the point of the character Beatrice? Why were there Bates and Morgan - could these be merged in to one person? What was the point of Max?
Finally, the title makes no sense; who was too clever by half? Dicky? No one got away with anything so I don't see how this applies to any character.
A thoroughly disappointing, frustrating read. There were times I could have easily given up on this book. I really recommend people not to read this one.
The story was told in an amusing and captivating manner.
Characters were colourfully described and I found myself able to see them quite well in my imagination so that each new encounter popped up the picture of that person .
The mystery is well contrived.
I like how the writer has researched the area in which the events occur , so you feel (as you would if you read a Dickens novel), that, that person knows the area they describe well enough, that if you visited the area, the landmarks would be there.
As the story reaches its conclusion, the facts are elaborated upon and the picture that has formed of the scenario, is transformed in a very satisfying way.
Really an amusing read and I will be revisiting this writer .