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Hitting the wall,
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This review is from: Raven Black (Shetland) (Paperback)
A modern slick crime thriller set in the Shetlands. On a bleak, windswept and snowy landscape a girl's body is discovered and all suspicion falls upon 'troll' Magnus Tait. As the story develops it appears he may have 'previous' but did he do it?
Ms Cleeves has clearly done extensive research on both the geography and history of the Shetlands, as the novel covers the period between the New Year and the 'Up Helly Aa' celebrations. She has a pacy style with short sentences and punchy chapters that immediately drew me in and the novel sped by.
Well, it sped by until three quarters of the way through, at which point I began to feel like the jockey on board Crisp in the Grand National. The book suddenly meandered and struggled for the finishing line to deliver an implausible and second-rate finish. It is still a good read but not an excellent one.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2014 22:36:54 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
Shetland has taken over from Midsomer as the Murder Capital of Great Britain. Soon there'll be no one left alive and then Ms Cleeves will maybe give up writing, and not before time.
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