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The Botanist by [Marshall, Richard M.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LY1CHZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,067,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book was recommended as being in the style of Manning Coles, an author whose books I enjoyed when younger, and I was delighted to discover it was exactly that; a very good story with no attempt to bring it 'up to date' by using bad language or sex. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am sorry to have finished it. I hope the author will write more
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I beta read this for Richard a little while ago. It is his third book (second aimed at adults) that I've read.

This was written in the style of Manning Cole, as an homage. As I haven't read any of his works, I can't comment on how close Richard has got, but I can comment on the story and style etc.

It's kind of like a cosy spy thriller - no forensic/gory details: when someone dies, that's it, nothing detailed or bloody.

The setting is post-war France and our 'intelligence man' is looking into the death of a boffin that had retired to the south.

The backgrounds of the characters are very vague. Everyone was "something in the War" but not willing to say (pretty accurate for the times), but what we do get is pretty steady romp through the intrigue and adventure until our man wins out.

If you like period mysteries such as Agatha Christie or Josphine Tey then, as that is the sort of style Richard is aiming for, it's worth a read.

I really enjoyed it, it's Richard's best yet.
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“The Botanist” was written in a “Manning Coles” style, but without ever having read a book of that series, I can’t confirm whether that’s the case. I enjoyed reading this “old fashioned” past world war detective, clearly happening in a world without Internet, Facebook, iPhone, SMS (the IT world the writer is working in). I know very well the South of France where the story plays and the way the characters, the environment, the war plots were described, I felt like I knew the characters personally and could imagine that the story had played in the Vercors were there has been heavy fighting and resistance during the 2nd world war. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more of Richard’s books.
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