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Great story, slightly incredible ending.,
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This review is from: Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery, Book #1) (Detective Shakespeare Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)I normally prefer British crime novels, but bought this on the strength of the reviews, and wasn't disappointed. Although set in New York, it isn't too American (i.e. it doesn't contain lots of American cultural references which you need to understand), and the writer's economical style means he packs a lot into a relatively short book. He also goes well beyond the basics of just working through a plot, getting inside the heads of his female characters especially well and giving a chilling subjective portrayal of captivity. The book also manages to incorporate the trappings of the iPhone generation (the central story is based around a YouTube video) in a very natural way, without the "I don't really understand it but it's 2011 and I've got to write about it" clumsiness found in some books.
Despite this being billed as a 'Detective Shakespeare Mystery' Detective Shakespeare is a minor character, although we learn a bit more about him as the book progresses. Like everyone else I didn't see the ending coming, but I'm afraid I didn't entirely 'buy' it as a credible development from what we'd been told up till then. That, however, isn't a huge drawback - I enjoy reading crime for the buzz of being involved in the mystery, and the anticipation of what's going to happen next, and there's plenty of that. In fact I may read it again to make sure I didn't miss any clues first time round.