From the blurb, I thought I would love this novel, as I am a big fan of British mysteries, especially police procedurals. However, I never really rel..Show More »ated to any of the characters and there was no "mystery," as we are introduced to the villain's point of view (POV) early on. The shifting POV was a bit jarring occasionally (from victim to police to villain to witness and back to police) and the narrative voices seemed a bit unrealistic at times.
Despite the choppy writing and the underdeveloped characters, I would probably purchase the next book in this series, as I believe the writer will continue to improve her product.
Lucy Price-Lewis, the narrator, did a good job of differentiating the many characters.
This book was released in the Kindle version and the Audible version but not yet available in paperback, which I thought was an interesting inversion ..Show More »of the windowing used by some publishers. This is the Fifth Geraldine Steel book, but the first one I have read. It's ok as a stand alone.
I tried not to let the fact that there was a glossary of English police acronyms at the beginning bother me-- but you can tell it did. I told myself that probably some readers aren't fans of English police procedurals and need to have it explained that DS means Detective Sergeant. However, I did feel a little talked down to and figured the situation would have been better solved with a little judicious editing.
The plot centers around the grotesque murder of the owner of a restaurant frequented by celebrities. I think that the author's decision to start off with a prologue that takes certain characters out of the running for the killer right away is a mistake. The suspense could have been ratcheted up there. Certain plot threads just get dropped along the way, which may happen in real police investigations, but are annoying in fiction.
Also, I have real doubt that the will that impels part of the plot would have been let stand as written under English law.
Someone compared it to the Prime Suspect novels, but its a much blander story than Ms. LaPlante's tales of a female officer on her way up the professional ladder.
I will say I did enjoy the narrator very well. That alone may make me back up and listen to a couple of the earlier books.