July, 1977. Lance’s eccentric father, the retired Dr Benjamin Elliott, has been running a Horticultural Club at local Bensham Manor School, a good deed he decided to take on to impress Ada Clarke, the head dinner lady at the school. One summer’s evening, Lance and his girlfriend Max turn up for the school’s parents evening to show their support of the elder Dr Elliott’s efforts. Much to the consternation and irritation of Detective Inspector Masson, Lance then finds himself in the middle of a local killing spree – once again – where it seems teachers from Bensham School are being targeted.
©2012 Keith McCarthy (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
I have listened to many of Keith McCarthy's Eisenmenger books and enjoyed them. However, I was disappointed that Nor All Your Tears was essentially a rehash of the Eisenmenger stories (or maybe the Eisenmenger books are rehashes of the Elliot Lance books). So that was the number one disappointment.
The number two disappointment was that there was no real suspense at all. I was never excitedly waiting to hear what happened, because it was being rather dully revealed throughout. It was a very surface book - nothing deep nor nothing real. Like a "cookie cutter" book in a way.
The last thing that disappointed me was not explaining the real deal about Max and her petulance. That was so unrealistic to me, and so unsatisfying that I basically thought "whatever" at the end.
I always feel guilty about giving negative reviews because I like to support authors and their efforts. I have liked his novels before, but this one gets a thumbs down.
The narrator was as ever very good.
Having enjoyed the Eisenmenger series, I gave this book a try. I was disappointed: plot is very thin, characters are mundane, and there is no dramatic tension. As usual, Sean Barrett does a good job but he has very weak material to work with.
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