Top critical review
3 February 2019
I enjoyed reading this book to some degree but there were parts that really annoyed me. With detective novels I'd like to think that for the reader all the clues are there and if you pay attention it should be possible to guess who the murderer is. However in this book the length of the story was artificially extended, because the lead detective was "too busy" to speak with a colleague who had some information. In another chapter the pathologist calls the lead detective with some information, but when the pathologist says:" And there's something else..." the detective had already put the phone down...and of course the pathologist didn't pick up the phone again to call the detective again...that would have solved the crime too quickly. And finally at the very end we learn that two of the characters are actually related, adding an old inheritance grudge to the story, which no reader could have predicted. Really? To me these are really cheap tools to keep the story going and I felt cheated. Not what I expect in a sophisticated detective story. This is a real shame because the original idea for the plot was great and the writing not bad.