Top critical review
on 21 July 2013
I read this book for several reasons.
1. I lived in Thanet for 26 years and thought it would bring back memories. It didn't! Apart from the odd mention of Canterbuy hospital, it could have been set anywhere on the coast around the UK. Also I didn't recognize the local dialect, which seemed more London to me.
2. I enjoy some of the Miss Marples books, but this was a cross between a very poor Miss Marple and The Famous Five.
3. I am interested in Psychic research, but didn't think this was handled very well in the book.
4. I wanted a change from the more gripping murders I've read lately. It was certainly that! It was boring.
A man's naked body is spotted on a deserted island by a young reporter (Jane) on a boat trip. How they knew he was murdered I don't know as, unless I missed it, we are never told how he was done to death. Jane is unbelievably naive and prone to tears. The 2 amateur sleuths are in their 50's but talk like giggly schoolgirls. There is far too much dialogue and not enough action. As another review said, there are endless phone calls between all the characters, repeating the same news, and much soul-searching about should they/shouldn't they get involved with solving the crime. Also the constant teamaking and/or going to the pub or cafe got a tad repetitive.
It was obvious who had attacked Terry, but it took them the whole book to figure this out. Thanet does have a problem with illegal immigrants so that part of the book rang true.
I see from other reviews that some people love this author, but sorry, these characters are not for me and I will not be reading any more.