3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great fun, but needs more Clarey.,
This review is from: Devil in Disguise (Hardcover)
An improvement on his first novel (which I enjoyed), Devil in Disguise was great fun and sees Julian Clarey starting to take shape as a writer. However, once again I was left thinking that when selling a book on the celebrity of someone who is known for their comedy, I expect the book to be funny. Now I'm not saying it isn't funny - it is, wonderfully so...in parts - it's just that once again, I expected something more. It also suffered from the same sudden ending syndrome of his last book. This sudden ending I have seen in several celebrity novels and I suspect comes from writing not being their day job and a publisher pressuring them for deadline.
Despite it being the story of Simon and Molly, two old friends from uni, I found myself more interested in Lilia Delvard, the landlady. I also found the Genita L'Warts persona a bit tired (if you want a story with real drag queen bite try Dial M for Mascara) and expected more from Julian here as he must have worked with enough larger than life cabaret characters over the years to be able to draw on some genuine inspiration. All that said, I look forward to what Mr Clarey comes up with next. I'd just like to see more of him in his writing.