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Irritating Americanisms ruin it!,
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This review is from: The London Blitz Murders (Disaster Series) (Kindle Edition)
I found myself being more and more irritated by the American terms used in this book - if a book is set in London and aimed at an English audience I feel an effort should be made to avoid too many American terms. Sidewalk, purse (instead of handbag), fedora hat etc all became so irritating that they were a distraction to the story - which wasn't too good anyway. If the story had been set in New York the language would have been appropriate and added local colour, but in a book set in London it just spoils it.
The 'collaboration' between Spilsbury and Agatha Christie doesn't work either - just too implausible.
I also disliked the way in which a real set of murders by Gordon Cummins has been used as the basis for this fictionalised account - it detracts from the real forensics and detection of the case. If you're going to write about a fictional collaboration between pathologist and fiction writer then it would have been much better to have a fictional murder too - using a real murder seems to be a lazy way of doing things. The more I read, the less impressed I was by the book. Can't recommend it.