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Fantastic writing that gripped me from the start and kept me involved and interested all the way through. Masterful writing re the different scenarios between characters in the story. Can’t wait to read another book by this author.
Set in Chester in the UK, this murder mystery keeps the readers interest from start to finish. This reader had to double back at one stage when the scenario appeared the same but there had been a change in character. It was then that the tricky penny dropped and the author had cleverly kept doubts in my mind about the actual perpetrator. I liked the periodic references to the birth of a youngster – Armitage Shelbourne and his life as he grew up. I wondered if he was also to become a victim but it was not until late in the story that his involvement fell into place – another clever misdirection by the author! The assistance of the profiler Cresta Raddish added to the story and her constant suggestions that the perpetrator was more likely a “she” than a “he” kept doubts as to the actual perpetrator right until the end. A great and recommended read for mystery murder readers. Moses
Not a challenging book in my opinion. All too obvious - as I read my way through I occasionally allowed myself to hypothesise on certain facts of the story and found that my theories were invariably right. What a shame I like to have a story full of mysteries that I can get my teeth into and ponder upon and I like to be wrong too, I like a challenge! This was all too easy! No surprising twists for me.
The killer was obvious and somehow the characters were not very well developed, they just didn’t ring true. Silly things irritated me too eg a car being used as a weapon smashing into a pedestrian with tremendous force throwing him into the air and killing him. In such a case considerable damage would have been done to the vehicle. It would have been necessary to have the car repaired (and surely the police would have been looking for a damaged car being taken into a garage for repair?). But later the car is described as pristine - no bodywork had been done.
The changing eye colours were obviously due to contact lenses. Not enough research was done with regard to medical procedures, and the killer’s death was described very lamely considering all the cruelty that was supposedly caused by the killer somehow I was expecting the author to come up with something more spectacular!
I don’t think I need to go on any more. A disappointing book I feel. Not challenging.
I enjoyed the story and the style of writing and will read more in this series.
(1) there were far too many commas all over the place. (2) when you make a plural from a word ending in s, you don’t use an apostrophe, that says something completely different, therefore the plural of bonus is bonuses not bonus’s. (3) the male form of nee (the French for born) is ne, not nee. Obviously with an accent over the e. (4) it’s bona fide, not bone. (5) you waive fees, not wave them. (6) I wonder why Cheshire police were investigating a crime which took place in Mostyn, which is under the jurisdiction of North Wales police.
This is the first book in a series of five, (so far) featuring D.I. Walter Darriteau based in Chester and surrounding areas. David Carter places the police base firmly in Chester City, and during the story mentions several areas and buildings of the City, he does not however labour the identity of the City and the story flows with a very clever plot, crisp writing, unusual theme for serial murder and a very satisfying police procedural. I do not want to give any of the plot away, but this is the first book by David Carter that I have read and i thoroughly enjoyed it, in fact I have purchased the other four books in the series after reading this one. If you enjoy police procedural stories, that are not as convoluted as Agatha Christie yet totally absorbing, treat yourselves and try this book. Very highly recommended.