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3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of going-through-the-motions...., 9 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Raven's Eye (Brock and Kolla Mysteries) (Hardcover)
I'm a fan of Barry Maitland's Brock and Kolla series, and I enjoyed his latest book, "The Raven's Eye". Like many series books, Maitland brings his main characters - David Brock and Kathy Kolla of London's Met - through the years and adventures both professionally and personally. However,this book is lacking a bit of "something" and I think Maitland was going through the motions when thinking up his plot.

The plot, which involves murders, narrow-boats on English canals, more murders, industrial spying,medical malfeasance, spooky private clinics, Cambridge, Norwegian "sagas", sort of lost me when (possible) police corruption was added to the mix. It was like a big melange of "stuff" which added up to a less-than successful story line. I lost interest in who was getting killed long before the end of the book.

The thing is that Barry Maitland is usually a good writer. I can honestly recommend this book to long time Brock and Kolla fans because a mediocre book is better than no book from Maitland. However, for those new to the series, please choose an earlier book to begin with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly, convoluted and contrived, 5 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Raven's Eye (Kindle Edition)
Sorry but this is a terrible book. Maitland had been a favorite author of mine but this has more ridiculous situations and "coincidences" than a Hardy Boys book. Don't want to give away any of the plot but throughout the book when Kathy has two choices: A being the smart and logical thing to do and B being the most asinine; EVERY SINGLE TIME she chooses B. And don't even get me started on how she sees things or is somewhere at the exact minute a key plot element happens. Or how she continues to perform almost super spy physical actions while having been seriously injured early on. The deeper I got into this book the more annoying it got. Unfortunately this is one more case of an author who has run out of steam and can no longer write to the high standards he started out at.
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The Raven's Eye (Brock and Kolla Mysteries)
The Raven's Eye (Brock and Kolla Mysteries) by Barry Maitland (Hardcover - 12 Nov 2013)
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