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The Dungeon House Paperback – 27 April 2016
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Twenty years ago, Malcolm Whiteley discovers his attractive wife Lysette is having an affair. The Whiteleys are wealthy, and live with their 16-year-old daughter Amber in the magnificent Dungeon House, overlooking Cumbria's remote western coast. But Malcolm is under financial and emotional pressure, and he begins to disintegrate psychologically, suspecting the men in their circle of being Lysette's lover. When Lysette tells Malcolm their marriage is over, he snaps, and takes out the old Winchester rifle he has been hiding from Lysette...Back to the present day, and Hannah Scarlett's cold case team are looking into the three-year-old mystery of the disappearance of Lily Elstone, whose father was Malcolm Whiteley's accountant. Their investigation coincides with the disappearance of another teenage girl, Shona Whiteley, daughter of Malcolm's nephew Nigel. Nigel now lives in the Dungeon House, despite its tragic history. Twenty years earlier, Malcolm shot his wife and apparently killed his daughter before shooting himself. But as Hannah's team dig down into the past, doubts arise about what exactly happened at the Dungeon House twenty years ago...
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- Publisher : Allison & Busby; UK ed. edition (27 April 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0749019905
- ISBN-13 : 978-0749019907
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 2.3 x 13.1 cm
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Everything perked up with the events resurfacing for review as there a possible connection with a now missing teen. Also unexplained is the disappearance of another girl three years earlier. Certain families seem somehow forever interwoven. Had that initial police investigation been thorough enough? Ultimately an exciting climax helps all to be explained, new light shed on what really happened all those years ago.
If only interest could have been sustained throughout! It was hard to care much about some of the characters involved, this perhaps less of a problem for those familiar with earlier works in the long running popular series.
Thus not really for me, but be advised it has greatly pleased many others.
Then suddenly we are 20 years on and the police appear. At last I cry. Now we can get down to some real crime busting. No such luck, the lead character whose name I have forgotten nips home for a bit of slap and tickle with the boyfriend.
That's' enough for me. If I wanted Chick Lit there is a massive section at the local library (on the odd occasion it is open).
Because of the positive reviews ofthis series I had already ordered another in the series which is on its way. Based on this rubbish I have made a mistake
Hannah and Daniel don't "star" in this book: a poorly drawn character who has suddenly gone from timid to outgoing for no convincing reason has that honour - at least in the half I've managed to read.
This book has all the hallmarks of a book that was written at the start of the author's career and which has been rewritten to fit it into the series, unsuccessfully, in my opinion.
All set in the wonderful Lake District countryside that Martin Edwards manages to bring to life without resorting to endless descriptive prose which slow down and interrupt the stories.
Each book delves into a Cold Case run by DCI Hannah Scarlett who is helped along the way by Daniel Kind a historian who has given up a lucrative as a university Don and presenter of historical shows on tv, to live in the Lake District, and to my mind is the real "star" of the books.
As most of the cold cases involve murder there is, of course, a certain amount of violence, but never gratuitously so. A little along the lines of Midsummer Murders on tv, and the brilliant "Shetland" series by the wonderful Ann Cleeves.
The characters, the bad as well as the good, are all well rounded and thoroughly believable . If I have any niggle character wise, it would be I would like Daniel to have been featured more strongly.
My only other niggle is that having all 7 books there are no more!!! Please Martin write more about Hannah and Daniel.
Incidentally these books would make a great tv series.