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Malice in London (Erskine Powell Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2000


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From the window of his study, Powell surveyed the wasteland of his back garden and speculated once again about what Marion would say when she returned from Canada at the end of summer. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A good cerebral read 7 April 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
New Scotland Yard's Detective-Chief Superintendent Erskine Powell feels lonely with his wife on a one-year sabbatical in Canada and their two sons attending an overseas university. To pass the time, Erskine wants to get involved in a juicy investigation.

However, his superior and nemesis Sir Henry Merriman assigns to a less than thrilled Erskine the month old case involving the murder of Richard Brighton, a Southwark politician. The corpse was found floating in the Thames with his head bashed to a pulp. The local police have no viable suspect. Erskine thinks this case is a dead end loser. He feels he received the assignment as a form of punishment and his boss is retaliating because Erskine did not support Sir Henry when he tried to become the new commissioner. Although feeling hopeless from the onset, Erskine begins his inquiries into who murdered Richard.

Anyone who enjoys a well-written British police procedural will want to read MALICE IN LONDON (as well as the previous three "Malice" tales). The story line captures the essence and atmosphere of London in a way not often seen in a mystery. The likable protagonist is an ordinary person feeling a bit lonely in a pre empty nest syndrome sort of way. The secondary charcaters play a major role in the investigation, which, in turn, allows the audience to feel as if they too are involved in the investigation. Some cast members return from the well-designed previous novels and that provides a sense of homecoming to fans of the series. Those who demand a first class reading experience must purchase Mr. Thomas's latest mystery.

Harriet Klausner
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Intersting though not all-inclusive 1 Aug 2000
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read the four books by Graham Thomas and while I find them somewhat lacking, they are interesting nevertheless. My main complaint is the lack of development with the characters. Yes, we seem to get to know Erskine Powell to some extent, but never fully. Since characterization is important to this reader, I find this to be somewhat of a detriment.
However, the settings and explanations of them are interesting. Having never been to the Highlands or Cornwall, I enjoyed that aspect immesnsely. If you are a reader looking for great forensic detail you will also be disappointed in this series.
All in all, these books are a quick and easy read. Unfortunately, I have been spoiled by the writings of Peter Robinson and these do not compare. That does not mean they are not worth reading though. They are enjoyable in their own right.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Malice in London 2 May 2009
By John F. Schreck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very much the true British mystery. Reads well and I look forward to reading this authors other works.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Malice Strikes Again! 18 Sep 2000
By Mamalinde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Scotland Yard inspector with malice towards growing things (while his wife is out of the country) is presented with two seemingly unrelated murders. The characterization and interaction is interesting and sometimes fun (like the superior we love to hate). The settings are wonderful - set out in technicolor - and the reader will be hungry for curry (why, there is even a recipe thrown in!) Not quite as delightful and charming as M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth or Rhys Bowen's Constable Evan Evans books, but a clever cozy nonetheless.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Up to Snuff 20 Dec 2010
By M. Graff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This next installment in the "Malice" series does not disappoint. Graham Thomas' Erskine Powell series are all well-done police procedurals with a strong sense of setting and character.
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