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on 25 April 2013
I read the first Romney and Marsh novel and was a little underwhelmed, particularly by the characterisation of the two leads. I vowed to give them another go and am very glad that I did.
This book is a vast improvement - cracking plot, fast-moving, loads of suspects, twists, and a surprise ending.
The story begins with a body being found on the local golf course. The victim soon emerges as the unscrupulous, unlikeable, unfaithful Captain of the Club. This ensures plenty of suspects and motives and leads to a well-written and attention-holding tale. There is a great subplot involving Marsh and another DS, elements of which made me laugh and gasp in equal measure. I read it in 2 sittings.
One of my main issues with the first book was my dislike of Romney. The author and I have discussed this and I must admit to finding him a little less annoying in this book - possibly helped by a plotline near the end which I won't reveal. Don't get me wrong, Romney is still spiteful, pompous, arrogant and misanthropic (is there anybody he DOES like?! - even his girlfriend seems to be admired purely for her bedroom skills). I think I am learning to take him less seriously - having started book 3 where he is particularly grouchy and unpleasant, this is probably the best tack to take.
Anyway. I loved this and am hoping that Mr. Tidy writes many more.