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Highsmith's magical spell,
This review is from: Ripley Under Water (Paperback)
There is only the merest smidgeon of disappointment here, in that some of the events seem rather timely and fortunate. Is Ripley the most fortunate psychopath in existence? In this novel we return to the decidedly unfortunate Mr Murchison, killed by Ripley in Ripley Under Ground the third book of the series, sent to a watery grave in the River Loing, wrapped in tarpaulin. Meddling by a sinister couple who have moved in nearby and for no particular reason seem to have taken a strong dislike to Ripley threatens the exposure of this particular crime. They are disposed of by a most - again - fortunate accident that, frankly, seems highly unlikely. But who am I to quibble? Highsmith - I salute you!
One reads on quite equably, such is Highsmith's magical spell surrounding the Ripley ménage. His complaisant wife, two London chums who pop across to help him, and the redoubtable Madame Annette, who, one must suspect has picked up more than a smattering of English by now, and is, perhaps, not quite as innocent of Ripley's strange career as she seems. Music, painting, delicious meals, a beautiful house, a little light gardening, with the odd murder thrown in - such is M. Ripley's life. Improbabilities aside, one wishes it to long continue. However, sadly, this is the last of the Ripley books.