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An excellent mystery from a true pro,
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This review is from: The Galloway Case (Bello) (Kindle Edition)
This is the first book of Andrew Garve's I've read. It was initially published in 1958, when I was 5 years' old. One of the things I liked about it was how it evoked the era, almost as strongly at times as a long-forgotten scent of something pleasant.
I was raised in Scotland but loved watching the Pathe news and seeing pictures of London and wondering at how everyone had perfect accents and lovely manners. Not that Mr Garve wastes time on creating a strong sense of place, nor does he need to. But you notice how much footwork his protagonist has to do in the days when not everyone had a telephone, and how easy it seemed to be to park in London. The people too seem to observe their 'social class' without there being any song and dance about it.
Of the plot itself there is little I can add to what has been said by the other (at the time of writing) 5* reviewer. There'd be some risk too of spoiling the pleasure of reading this, which I suspect you will do in a couple of sessions. It's superbly paced, almost always credible (and you can easily forgive the small scenes which stretch credibility), the twists and turns expertly negotiated, and the characters are believable enough to support the story without slowing it down.
This is the work of a highly professional writer of mysteries and thrillers. Mr Garve wrote 45 books. He spent 14 years as a reporter and had been a foreign correspondent. The Galloway Case is a fine example of what a skilled writer armed with a decent plot can do. I suspect Mr Garve (real name Paul Winterton) spent no time waiting for The Muse or handling writer's block.
This book would also need to have passed editors who were much more discerning than many who seem to be at work today (I mean no offence to Indie writers, I am one myself; many 'traditionally published' mysteries would not be close to the standard of The Galloway Case).
Any writer seeking to sharpen his or her skills will admire this book and learn from it. Any reader who loves mysteries with a thrill or two thrown in - especially if you remember the 'fifties - will find it a highly satisfying read.
I'm off now to start on Mr Garve's next one.