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Formulaic and unconvincing,
This review is from: The Serpent Pool (Hardcover)Six years ago a girl drowned herself - but was it really murder? Now two book collectors have been killed in mysterious circumstances and Hannah Scarlet has to work out the connections between them all while negotiating her own difficult love life.
This is the first Martin Edwards I've read and I found it both disappointing and formulaic. The beginning, especially the dialogue, feels very forced and self-conscious, and the story itself is full of the clichés of the genre. So Hannah spends a lot of time wondering whether her live-in boyfriend of years could actually be the murderer; there are `hidden' clues that should have been in full view of everyone; and the climax is Hannah's rush to rescue the last victim all on her own with no back-up.
With an incredibly over-wrought solution (in a Wagnerian way) I found this book completely unconvincing.