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Sadly not up to her usual high standard
on 11 September 2014
Laura Wilson is one of my favourite crime writers. I've read every novel she's written, so I'm a huge fan. I've enjoyed her DI Stratton series so far, but I was disappointed in this latest novel. I wasn't sure whether it was the subject matter that I found uninteresting or whether the narrative simply didn't have enough tension and mystery. There were so many different characters introduced in the opening chapters that I was immediately confused. Throughout the novel even more characters were introduced and only played a fleeting part of the story so that I didn't feel involved or emotionally engaged. I think the only redeemable feature for me was DI Stratton himself and his new love interest. The atmosphere of racial tension in the 1950s is well executed, but some light relief in the form of DI Stratton's home life and an update on his family would have been most welcome. The novel focused too heavily on interviewing suspects. I sincerely hope the next DI Stratton novel will be a big improvement on this one.