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AS EVER, VERA OVERSHADOWS ALL,
This review is from: Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope) (Paperback)
Parole refused, Jeanie Long hangs herself in prison. Now it seems she did NOT kill teen Abigail Mantel ten years ago. How could that original investigation have got it so wrong? Northumbrian Vera Stanhope is drafted into Elvet, East Yorkshire, to add a new perspective to the case. Inevitably many feathers will be ruffled. Meanwhile Jeanie's father is on the warpath....
Deep is the delving into minds of key characters involved, secrets uncovered, including a highly suspicious change of name. As always, rough and ready Vera uses unconventional tactics to wrongfoot those with something to hide. She is the main reason to read, everything perking up when she is on the scene (which some may feel is not often enough).
Because she so dominates, most other characters seem rather shallow in comparison. In fact, I found myself not particularly caring which of them might be the murderer (although the eventual unveiling came as a surprise).
One for those who enjoy a slow paced, detailed atmospheric setting and characters explored in depth. Some may consider this less a murder mystery than a study of minds - what makes people act the way they do.
Many will look forward to more about Vera, she disconcertingly dressed more for comfort than style (occasionally even mistaken for a bag lady). Always plain speaking, she regards Yorkies "a soft lot" and longs to be back on home ground, where she is very much part of the scenery.
Truly here is a force to be reckoned with - best avoided by those with a guilty conscience.