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The House of Mourning (Parish & Richards 9) by Tim Ellis
This would be a really excellent detective story, but it is thoroughly ruined by the flip and arch manner in which Parish, Angie (his wife), Richards (his step-daughter) and Xena talk to their close colleagues or family. The plot is terrific, and the introduction of Jerry Kowalski as a serious player is welcome. Giving Ray Kowalski the Chief's role is difficult to justify, but works well, as does widening the scenario to more than a police procedural.

Having more than one detective partnership is really unnecessary, and I hope does not presage the diminution of Richards and Parish themselves. The running subplot of Parish' parentage is - for me - just plain annoying. I wish… Read more
Then We Die (Inspector Carlyle 5) by James Craig
Much more exciting than the last Carlyle, this kept me interested throughout. Carlyle - not a policeman of integrity, but with courage and insight - is developing well, and beginning to seem real. His relationships are well drawn, and believable.

The plot, however, is not. If we must bring the SIS from many countries into it, which I doubt is necessary, then at least drop the blood and body-count. Others (Stephen Leather for one) do it very much better, and Carlyle has enough going for him to keep him as a straightforward police procedural. Killing off Joe was a good idea, and lets others into the story which keeps it fresh.

Never dull, Craig writes well, and… Read more
No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case) by Ruth Rendell
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For those of us who grew up loving the wise old Wexford, and enjoyed the depiction of Burden's curmudgeonly character, this book disappoints. Definitely not a page-turner, it meanders along repetitively, mooching around pretty much as Wexford is doing in his retirement.

Maxine, the loquacious cleaning lady looms boringly on the page as in the homes she cleans. An obvious plot device, we could have done with less of her dialogue, and a more interesting character could have had the same effect without making me want to scream at her. She is not even amusing.

The tale is slight, the denouement average, and all in all, Ruth Rendell should leave Wexford in gentle… Read more

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