A wealthy, bestselling author, owner of a country estate a few miles outside Bristol, is drowned in her bath just days after being threatened by a seriously disturbed fan who has subsequently disappeared. The missing woman is the obvious suspect, and DC Sukey Reynolds and her friend and colleague DC Vicky Armstrong are given the task of finding her. But although the suspect is found this turns out to be just the start of the investigation. The apparently straightforward case becomes more complicated – with numerous twists and turns along the way.
©2008 Betty Rowlands (P)2009 Soundings
We are introduced to a cast of characters here, but it's like reading a roster. We don't ever get more than mildly acquainted with any of them. This book illustrates the importance of fleshing out the characters enough to arouse the reader's interest in their actions. No one in Smokescreen evokes even tepid curiosity, so at the denouement the reader shrugs "Huh.", immediately - and completely - forgetting it. How I know that is I chanced across this book in my library a couple days ago, where it showed as downloaded in April 2012. Not remembering it at all, I decided to read it again. I finished it this evening, and the memory is already fading fast. Again.
Nothing particularly bad, just...dull.
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