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For old times sake
on 3 June 2008
The Skinner series has gone through many ups and downs, and seemed to be recovering quite nicely until this shocker. Carrying on almost immediately after Death's Door finished, it revolves around the discovery of another body laid out in the same way as the murders solved in the last book - is there a copycat out there?
We're back with the Edinburgh police, all of whom are promoted to high rank, yet still pound the beat, all with morals to die for, all related to each other. The dialogue is clunky, there's a huge amount of explanation in the narrative and the plot developments purely fanciful on occasion. The ending seems to have been bolted on as an afterthought.
However, the characters that I've followed through the series and the fact that the plot cracks along at pace meant it was worth the read. Don't bother if you haven't read any others in the series.
Will I read any more - unlikely after the jumping-the-shark line about Aileen being asked to raise the championship winning flag for Hibernian FC!!
All the best Skinner.