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I have followed Nick Dixon since his first book. I enjoyed this one very much, but I am not a fan of battle history. I could not keep up with all the different people from three hundred years ago. Takes me all my time to keep up with Nick and his dog..
I love the Nick Dixon series and have read all the previous books. Down Among the Dead was built up layer on layer during the terrific story to an ending which still had a surprise which I wasn't expecting. It would be better to read the series from the beginning rather than this as a standalone. The characters and relationships have been explored in earlier books and 'fleshed out' as well so you wouldn't enjoy this as much. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed this story so much! The historical angle and the battle details worked fine for me. Although I'm in Australia, I've visited the area and the non-fiction aspect added to my knowledge. The crime-solving and procedural aspects were to my liking, not too easy so I was still guessing who did it. At the same time the reader could appreciate the clues, how and why the dots were joined.
The crime-solving is my focus and I enjoy the back story of the relationships and how they are developing. I'd love for there not to be too many 'her sister's boyfriend is the suspect's son' coincidences. I've just finished another author's latest where the DCI's wife has to be involved as a key character in very story and it's becoming really annoying.