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2.0 out of 5 starsNot as good as other Gregson offerings.
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2016
Not as good as other Gregson offerings. Again, not enough details given to make you speculate prior to the killer being revealed.
5.0 out of 5 starsI love English police novels & read a vast number of ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
I have read most of Gregson's Lambert & Hook novels. .I love English police novels & read a vast number of authors in this genre. In my opinion, despite stiff competition Gregson is one of the best. Hard to beat. Very highly recommended.
I am finding each story thus far (1-3) well worth reading, with taut plots and, most gratifying, unerringly adept writing. This author obviously understands and respects the English language; he/she even uses semi-colons correctly! I also appreciate the realistic characters sans the extremism of tortured, seriously flawed, and frequently highly unlikable law enforcement. Granted, a couple of the murder victims are hated by all , but this fact advances the plot in each instance. Otherwise, characterization is subtle and complex, and, consequently, satisfying to the reader.
Another excellent murder mystery solved by Lambert and Hook. Gregson is a master at developing the process of solving crimes through the minds of these two detectives. The process makes for a great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2016
A luxurious hotel and golf course just outside Hereford is the setting for a case of did he fall or was he pushed? It quickly becomes clear to Lambert and Hook that the victim was in fact pushed and they are investigating a case of murder rather than a tragic accident. Guy Harrington was disliked - even hated - by the business associates and employees with whom he was enjoying a golfing break so the police are not short of suspects. What's more they all seem to be lying about something and precisely why did the widow rush to the scene to identify the body?
This is a well written and entertaining police procedural crime novel with two likeable detectives as the main characters. I thought the rest of the characters were well drawn and I could easily see why so many people wanted to murder Harrington.
If you are looking for well written crime novels then you may well find any of the two series written by J M Gregson to be just what you're looking. Each book is part of a series but the books can be read as standalone novels and the series - Lambert and Hook and Percy Peach - can be read in any order.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2018
I perhaps found the golfing scenario a little overdone in this book. Would a police Superintendent really play a game at that crucial part of the investigation and in particular with so many suspects? I also felt that the ending was a touch perfunctory. A pleasant read but maybe time now to step up a gear in characterisation and plot development . ?