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Not a Very Nice Woman (Inspector Rase Novels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

John Eider
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A woman is found dead in her room at the care home she lived in, strangled and left lying on her Chinese rug. The death is motiveless, the room otherwise untouched, expensive objects left unstolen; meanwhile, even her fellow residents admit their friend's life was largely a mystery to them, with "decades left unaccounted for".

Investigating the crime, detectives discover a whole alternative history of their town; a history that takes in rivalries, crimes, social upheaval, family heartbreak; and which ultimately offers the solution to the mystery they are facing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: John Eider; 1 edition (20 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WCKDR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,285 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story spoiled by a lack of proofreading. 20 Dec. 2012
By nickc
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Another reviewer suggests that this book should be avoided like the plague. Unfair!

This book is quite well written without excelling. The setting is unusual but believable and interesting. The writing is slightly quirky but none the worse for that. However, the characters develop too slowly for my liking and this therefore restricted my enjoyment of the book.

The plot is a good one.

I suspect that the author has either been an elected councillor or has worked for a local council. There is a good understanding and knowledge of that and most other aspects of the background story.

However, the text clearly should have been tidied up rather better before the book was published. There are also still some typos that need sorting out. Whilst the story is obviously set in England, a few American words and phrases have crept in. With just a bit of proofreading and editing this could be quite a reasonable work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dated style 3 July 2013
By Perkins
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The discovery of a dead body at a rather exclusive residential home is the premise for this poorly written police procedural. Inspector Rase is a nice enough chap, perhaps a little too nice in his deference to and respect for most of his colleagues. His female Sergeant (aren't they always women?) behaves rather too much like a mother hen towards him and there's far too much back patting from her to him and vice versa when things go well. There was a real sense that the author had done all their research and whilst using material from this for the sake of accuracy, there was very little realism or true emotion in any of it. The author's attitude towards society, race and gender came through loud and clear despite all attempts to keep the views expressed in the book politically correct. The dated feel of the book was not only reflected in the attitudes of the characters but also in the very correct tone of most of the dialogue. In fact, this author handles dialogue reasonably well but the English is a little too formal. The texts between the two teenage characters bore absolutely no resemblance to real 'textspeak' and all the characters sounded pretty much like one another, with no distinguishing features at all. Nevertheless, it did keep me reading, or rather plodding, through to the end and that, in itself, takes skill. Other reviewers have commented on the poor editing and I think careful re-reading by the author might not only address this but also some of the very clumsy and dated writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read 8 Feb. 2013
By Tony S
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A potentially excellent story line which i enjoyed. I did however find it difficult to find any empathy with the main police characters and do not feel inclined to seek out more books featuring them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting storyline 19 Nov. 2013
By P. B
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This was the first of two books I have read on Insp. Rase. This was an interesting story line and gave an insight on the how Insp. Rase ( Grey) got to the depth of the of the victim's life and the eventual conclusion. A little slow and like the 2nd book I read was poorly proof read for typos and mis-interpreted grammar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has this been re-edited since negative reviews? 20 Dec. 2012
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I actually logged in to write a positive review of this book and was rather surprised by the negative comments.

Poor writing is usually something I pick up on and of which I am critical. Some of my reviews on other books have been damning. I have to say though that I did not notice the kinds of extensive or serious errors in the text I read that some previous reviews allude to. Yes, a few faults, but nothing that interrupted the flow too badly. I wonder if it has been re-edited since then?

But back to my own review. When I started the book I felt the writing style was a little immature, perhaps even condescending. My initial thoughts were that I wasn't going to like it.

However, somewhere after the first twenty pages or so, I began to get drawn in by the story and the writing style seemed to improve. In the end I read it at one sitting, which is usually an indication that the story has gripped me - and I read a LOT of books, too many of which languish for days between accesses when they fail to engage me.

The story seemed sufficiently convoluted and well plotted to intrigue me and the main characters felt easy to relate to and like. Perhaps the characterisation is a bit shallow at times but I knew I wasn't reading classic literature so I was more interested in pacing and the overall storyline. As a police procedural, it has a number of holes in it. It fails to live up to the standard of my favourite genre author, Ian Rankin with the Rebus series. Nonetheless, if I were going to be hypercritical of every potential factual inaccuracy I probably wouldn't be reading fiction.

I chose the book at random to read on my Kindle. It was free, what did I have to lose? (Mind you I have downloaded a few that I felt were overpriced at free!!) I was just looking for a light, entertaining read and it provided that. I have no cause to complain and think the book deserves better than the negative reviews suggest. Worth at least a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bit boring 28 Feb. 2013
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Didn't keep me interested, and I guessed the ending, Wouldn't recommend to anyone and wouldn't bother reading another novel by the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many errors 23 Jan. 2013
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Actually the storyline in this book is good and keeps the reader turning the pages - or in the case of kindle, pressing the button, but like a previous book by the same author there were a lot of spelling errors and on more than one occasion Inspector Rase is called Inspector Rose, very confusing, but if you can handle that then its worth a read.
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