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2.0 out of 5 stars Skilled, but not sufficiently, 12 April 2012
This review is from: Next of Kin (Paperback)
This is a stumbling attempt to contextualise a crime against the backdrop of Edward VIII's abdication. The plot is leaden, to say the least, but also the author has been far less than rigorous in his use of language and overall research. For instance, at one point, the character Stella uses the term 'sexist' which was not invented until 1965, and he also does not understand the meaning of the adjective 'disinterested'. Add to that his belief that one has to study for a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge, his appalling geographical knowledge of London (one certainly would not walk in high-heeled shoes from Oxford Street to a law firm's chambers) and the sheer failure to capture the impatient mood of Britain in 1936 and this book becomes a resounding failure.
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