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More Midsummer Murders than The Wire,
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This review is from: Dead End (DI Geraldine Steel) (Paperback)
This is a slick and slightly old-fashioned police procedural that read, to me, like the script for a BBC Sunday night crime series: amiable, slightly creaky, almost cosy in its predictability, with the insertion of a `modern' sub-plot to give it a contemporary air.
Lots of old chestnuts are here: the unpopular new headmistress, the philandering husband and his younger mistress, the sulky teenager; even the props feel a bit wheeled on - the all-white secret basement where nefarious deeds happen, the insane murderer who no-one knows is mad, and (my favourite) the moveable bookcase with the painted on books...
The clues are dropped in with a very heavy hand (one is even described in exactly the same words twice - and, even then, Geraldine doesn't spot it), and I had unravelled the whole thing within just a few chapters.
This reminded me of a kind of Agatha Christie updated: so if you like your crime reading cosy and without too much edge, this is probably a great read.