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Same Old Goddard,
This review is from: Hand In Glove (Kindle Edition)
Goddard's works have become so disappointing in recent years that if I feel like a fix of his tortured plots I now just read some of his first books.
This novel was first published in 1992. It has all the usual elements - a mystery from a few generations back that envelop surviving relatives, an international dimension that brings in foreign travel*, a bringing together of unlikely characters who usually start out as enemies and become friends and a cast from Goddard's version of central casting which includes the usual weak hero or heroine, cardboard bad guys and assorted bit players.
This basic plot worked for a while in books like "Into the Blue", "Borrowed Time", "Take No Farewell" and to an extent "Hand in Glove" and then fizzled out.
That may sound like a rather cynical account of Goddard's works but it is based on my reading of almost everything he has written.
So if you are new to Goddard, choose these earlier works and avoid his later books.
The basis of this story - the murder of the sister of an English poet who died during the Spanish Civil War allegedly to obtain the copyright on his poems - is unconvincing.
Of course, there is a greater mystery afoot and Goddard unravels it via trips to various parts of southern England, Wales, the United States, France and Spain. It is a reasonable read but be prepared for stilted dialogue, one-dimensional characters and a roller coaster ride.
*Including the usual caricature foreigners. In this book for example, a Spanish thug who holds a knife to an Englishmen's throat smells of garlic while a Frenchman phones his wife and when she answers says: "Ma Chérie, c'est moi."
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2012 11:13:08 GMT
Mrs W Waugh says:
I know what you mean, but......even a poor Robert Goddard book is superior to most of the rubbish that is rushed out now,I have 2 favourite authors Goddard and Peter James ,who's Roy Grace books," Dead Simple" being the first of them, are in my opinion the best detective books around at this time.............
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012 16:36:24 BDT
I agree, Gamer, these are two of my favourite authors and they are vastly superior to many others around today.
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