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No Suspicious Circumstances [Hardcover]

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28 May 2007
It can be tough being an undercover officer for HM Revenue & Customs, but DJ Smith has a little help from her trained sniffer cat Gorgonzola, a moth-eaten Persian with gourmet tastes. This investigation finds the pair on the trail of a heroin smuggling ring operating in and around Edinburgh.

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  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (28 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749081449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749081447
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,094,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime/Mystery, with a diffrence 10 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
For me, a book is good when I can actually see the story playing out in my head as I read and No Suspicious Circumstances does just that, mainly due to the excellent description throughout. Each character is so individual and well described that you will have an instant image of them.

I guarantee this book will be very different than any other Crime/Mystery that you will have read as it has a unique blend of both humour and suspense that makes it very hard to put down.

I probably wouldn't recommend this book to a hardcore crime fan, who likes blood, guts and crazed lunatics but if you are looking for a lighter approach to the genre then No Suspicious Circumstances is just for you. Personally, I thought it was a great read and can't wait for Under Suspicion to come out and see what DJ Smith and Gorgonzola get up to next.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and amusing 29 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
With fantastic description, this novel is both amusing and entertaining. Full of fascinating, unique characters and written in a unique style this novel gives a wonderful twist on crime and detective novels.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but .... 10 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
This was at first pleasantly whimsical, but as it progressed became simply annoying. Much too long.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES 29 Sep 2007
By Sunnie Gill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
D.J. Smith is recovering from injuries sustained the line of work. Her superior officer assigns her to investigate a tip-off that the owners of a private hotel in Scotland are involved in drug trafficking. She expects this particular investigation to be easy: a busman's holiday.

However it's not to be. D. J. hits one hurdle after another. To begin with the sign, "No pets will be entertained on these premises" means she has to smuggle in Gorgonzola, her cat. She finds an array of possible suspects. The owners, the dour, sour Mrs Mackenzie and her almost silent husband Murdo, are prime suspects. But who are they working with? Surely not Felicity Lanelles, "gastronome extraordinaire". Or perhaps the colourfully dressed Italian Gina Lombardini is involved. Or could it be the golf-obsessed Mr Spinks? Waldo M. Hinburger Jnr acts so much like a gangster he has to be dodgy.

Posing as a tourist, D. J. dashes about the landscape to tourist haunts, trailing suspects. One after another her suspects are eliminated - literally. And someone is trying to eliminate her as well.

When your protagonist is a member of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and her partner is a trained drug-sniffer cat (yes, I said cat), you know the book isn't going to be heavy on the gritty realism. NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES is pure fluff so you do have to suspend disbelief to an extent. However, D.J. lurches from crisis to crisis, often endangering her life. Another day, another body. Yet one more attempt on her life. It all becomes extremely repetitious and predictable.
As the suspects are killed off, there is no reason given for their deaths. We have no idea if they are involved in the drug smuggling or whether they merely got in the way and discovered who was behind it all.

When your protagonist is a member of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and her partner is a trained drug-sniffer cat (yes, I said cat), you know the book isn't going to be heavy on the gritty realism. NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES is pure fluff so you do have to suspend disbelief to an extent. However, D.J. lurches from crisis to crisis, often endangering her life. Another day, another body. Yet one more attempt on her life. It all becomes extremely repetitious and predictable.

As the suspects are killed off, there is no reason given for their deaths. We have no idea if they are involved in the drug smuggling or whether they merely got in the way and discovered who was behind it all.

I'll be honest here. Cozies aren't my favourite genre of crime fiction. However, I will happily admit to enjoying some light-hearted reading from time to time. NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, however, was just a little too much for me. I found it to be silly in the extreme and without enough plot to sustain it.
1.0 out of 5 stars "Each dish seemed more mouth-watering than the next." 29 April 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Between the Bridget Jones-esque undercover narcotics agent whose drug sniffer cat appears to have a fluent understanding of English, random deaths that don't so much drive the plot forward as discard peripheral characters that the authors suddenly realise they won't be needing after all, and the complete and utter lack of basic research into several themes vital to the story (lockpicking springs to mind), No Suspicious Circumstances plods creakingly along through an unengaging mystery, managing somehow to remain both mundane and implausible throughout.

It's not Danielle Steele bad, but it's still pretty goddamn bad.
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