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- Print Length: 719 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prewett Publishing (19 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GSD12Y6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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The Beatrice Stubbs Boxset One: European Crime Mysteries Kindle Edition
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A brilliantly-crafted crime story in which, via the expert hand of JJ Marsh, we move through one high-profile murder after another. The plot is intricate, inspired and the conclusion daunting. I identified and sympathised with the detective, Beatrice Stubbs who, with her flaws, strengths and determination to track down this elusive killer, is a refreshing change from the usual tired-out, detective hack of so many crime novels. If you enjoy high-quality crime novels, you will be as gripped as I was, and I’ll be diving straight into the next Beatrice Stubbs story.
Book 2. Raw Material
As in Behind Closed Doors, JJ Marsh had me hooked right from the beginning of Raw Material.
The story opens with Detective Beatrice Stubbs and her partner, Matthew, taking photographs on a beach holiday in Wales. When their cottage is burgled and Beatrice's camera is stolen, it is evident this is no meaningless petty theft. However, when she returns to London, Beatrice must turn her attentions to the sinister Finsbury Park Flasher, who is becoming more dangerous as each day passes.
Reading about Detective Beatrice Stubbs once again felt like meeting up with an old friend; we know her strengths, her weaknesses, her foibles. We empathize with her as we accompany her in the battles of her personal and professional life. Amateur detective Adrian also shines again, he and Matthew becoming entangled in a bleak and horrific crime.
I would highly recommend Raw Material to readers who enjoy excellently-written, intelligent crime novels with fast-paced, original plots. I’m impatient to start the next in the Beatrice Stubbs series!
Book 3. Tread Softly
After Behind Closed Doors and Raw Material, JJ Marsh has again excelled in the international crime field with Tread Softly, the third in the Beatrice Stubbs series, and final in this boxset.
On leave from the Metropolitan Police, Beatrice Stubbs is taking a gourmet trip in Northern Spain. In Vitoria, she meets the beautiful and determined journalist, Ana Herrero, and, unable to ignore a missing person’s case, she finds herself in the midst of violent threats, corpses, blackmail and Rioja. As her partner, Matthew, tells Beatrice: “You don’t attract trouble, you go looking for it.”
Apart from the fast-paced, suspenseful and brilliant plot, the author also hooked me with her wonderful evocation of the sights, tastes and smells of the Basque Country.
Another excellent novel from JJ Marsh, which I would highly recommend to lovers of intelligent crime.
I discovered Beatrice Stubbs, accidentally as part of a collection, which meant I started by reading #2 in the series.
I enjoyed that so much I bought this box set and fed my completest compulsion by reading Behind Closed Doors, re-reading Raw Material. It’s stood up unusually well to what’s been a relatively recent re-read. I’ve now completed #3 Tread Softly.
My favourite thriller / procedural novel type has a strong female lead. One that is convincingly human and real, who isn’t the classic maverick detective, but works as a cog in a team, supporting her colleagues, just like in real life. Oh, and she needs to have some flaws. I need them to be written honestly, with interactions, opinions and emotions that echo people I know. As a bonus I’d like to find them entertaining enough to spend time with in person (it’s fiction; I can pretend she’d want to spend time with me). I don't think this is too demanding of me (!) but I do struggle to find novels that tick all those boxes
Beatrice has all this in spades. So, JJ Marsh can create the perfect (in her imperfections) character, but can she write plot? Or create a sense of place? Or suspense? Yes. This she can do, excellently. Beatrice’s partner works and lives in Devon. Rather close to me as it happens. I can vouch for the sense of place. Plot? Suspense? Well. The first novel has a serial killer that would appear to be acting as an assassin, and doing so with a sense of morality. Despite the majority of the killings having happened already, there is another in the planning. Spoiler alert – I wasn’t sure who the target was going to be and I stayed up later than I should have at night, and neglected my jobs in the morning to try and squeeze precious moments of extra reading in. Always a good sign.
That was the case for all three of the novels
Raw Material #2 is another really well written police procedural/whodunnit/thriller. All the characters are convincing and well rounded. Two lines of enquiry, both properly gripping. I wanted to stop everything else to keep reading. Particularly joyful to have a novel filled with strong and realistic women
Tread Softly #3 again was a novel that I couldn’t put down. It picks up where Raw Material ended, and we have even more insight in to Beatrice’s mind, which, I feel is really insightfully written. It’s rare to have a lead who’s bipolar and the thought patterns and coping processes are written with understanding and knowledge. This has been done incredibly convincingly and demonstrates, that mental illness is a condition that one can live with, successfully provided one pays proper attention – in the same way that, for example, diabetes is a condition that people live with, successfully and daily. Neither should be, nor needs to be a barrier to a successful career. This is demonstrated in an extremely effective and subtle way throughout all these 3 novels. JJ Marsh should be incredibly proud of having achieved this.
The plot in this novel has another woman pairing up with Beatrice (this happens all the time in reality – why’s it so rare in literature?!) who is everything a young woman would aspire to be. Again I didn’t want to put the book down as I was terribly worried for Ana at a couple of points, with one of them being really well drawn out.
I’m posting this review and then I’m downloading the next box set. All my jobs will have to wait!
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