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Honey-dew [Paperback]

Louise Doughty
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6 Aug 2007
A brutal murder punctures the tranquillity of a rural idyll: a middle-aged couple are found stabbed to death; their teenaged daughter is missing. Where is Gemma? Demands the headline of the Rutland Record. Alison, chief reporter, endeavours to unravel the truth and in doing so must confront the shadows of her own, shocking past and the bleakness at the heart of the prettiest of the prettiest of English Country Counties.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416526307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526308
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Doughty is the author of five novels, CRAZY PAVING, DANCE WITH ME, HONEY-DEW, FIRES IN THE DARK and STONE CRADLE. CRAZY PAVING was shortlisted for four awards including the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and FIRES IN THE DARK won awards from the Arts Council of England and the K.Blundell Trust. She is also a recipient of an Ian St. James prize and a Radio Times Drama Award. She has written five plays for radio and worked widely as a journalist and broadcaster in London, where she lives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sticky stuff 3 May 2008
This is a deftly handled murder story that eschews all the usual nonsense that often pushes this kind of subject matter into cliché and parody.

Only 170 pages long, Honey-dew certainly has flesh on its bones but not a single ounce of flab; if only more novelists could resist excess as well as Doughty does! Past and present are well balanced and we find out what we need to about the characters without being bribed into feeling too much sympathy for them; no-one is particulary likeable, but no-one is competely dislikeable.

Threaded through with a knowing streak of dark humour this novel is a rare thing -it leaves you wanting to know more.
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Good atmosphere, Doughty gets inside the heads of various self-absorbed women, including the teenager at the heart of the mystery. I enjoyed it whilst reading it, but although I only finished it two days ago, much has already evaporated, hence only 3 crowns. Books like this should stay with you and make you think. Also, I could find no reason in the text for the title. Worth reading but not as substantial as the subject matter might suggest.
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By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I really wanted to enjoy Honey-Dew. I'd just finished Apple Tree Yard which swept me up and kept me involved for days. However Honey Dew is a different kettle of fish, maybe a literary joke I didn't really get, a pastiche perhaps. For me there was no complex plot, just an unfolding. There is a crime to solve but no one tries very hard as it all appears to be immediately explainable. This came across as flat.

The two female leads, teenage Gemma and local reporter Alison have both endured damaging childhoods with over powering parents. As we are introduced to their lives they seem to blend - for me this was too much, they could have been the same person.

Rutland in summer is an unexpected setting for this Midsomer Scenario. References are made to previous political ructions, independence, part of the authors background.

Described as `a bitterly funny satire on the whole tradition of the cosy English killing', to me it came across as an unsatisfactory hybrid. I liked it in parts, the bits that were Barbara Vine-ish yes, with some sharp and thoughtful observations that I took to.

I didn't get what the title referred to. An answer would be appreciated!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shame after reading Apple Tree Yard 7 May 2014
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I agree with the reviews saying that this novel is a disappointment. I felt this was flat and kept waiting for a twist in the tale which never appeared. I had just read Apple Tree Yard and passed it to all my reader friends as it was so good. I won't discard Louise Doughty though as her ATY was a brilliant book and I am looking forward to reading more. I just wished this plot had had more point to it - i felt the story was just a retelling of a story you may read in the news. I know it's hard to create plot twists without seeming crude but there was no hook for me here.
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