The sixth installment of Graham Ison's Brock and Poole Mystery series finds the two detectives investigating the murder of jazz drummer Rod Skinner, who was gunned down at a popular, crowded nightclub. With so many witnesses - and suspects - present at the time of the shooting, Brock and Poole find themselves in the middle of a true head-scratcher that unveils a seemingly endless amount of lurid details that only muddle the case even further. Drumfire is an entertaining corker that is given a lightness of touch by Damian Lynch, who imbues the rollicking plot with a wonderfully sly wit.
The new and unusual case for Detectives Brock and Poole - One Saturday night, a masked gunman walks into a jazz club and murders the drummer. Very soon, Detective Chief Inspector Brock and Detective Sergeant Poole find themselves taking an interest in the guests at a party in Surrey's stockbroker belt, which leads them to look again at a five-year-old robbery and to interview a dozen or so armed robbers. The killer is eventually arrested, but not before numerous extra-marital affairs come to light and a bullion van is attacked...
Great story, excellently read by a good story teller. Characters are brought to life by good narration.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Damian Lynch, who has a light touch, is good at characterisation and getting personality into all the characters of the story. At times the investigation does not move very fast, but the listener is still held by the main story teller, Mr Brock, as his cleaner calls him.
I was happy following the twists, turns and good red herrings of this tale and have most of the books in this series.
The plot is reasonable but the detection a bit simplistic. The author was a high ranking police officer who does not seem to be in touch with modern methods and misses the procedures of the past. This would not be true of an officer of the modern day. The jargon and language is old fashioned. Ok if you want a very easy read.
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