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Casting the First Stone by [Fyfield, Frances]
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A very original take on the classic detective story . . . a crime novel with a difference (Essentials Magazine)

Fyfield has long found her way into the upper echelons of crime fiction by the dint of sharp psychological observation and stylish, elegant writing. Casting the First Stone is implacable; Fyfield customarily takes us into the less acceptable areas of her protagonists' behaviour, and here she takes this to a new level of intensity (Financial Times)

Fyfield has been described as the natural successor to American psychological writer Patricia Highsmith...because neither condemns the criminal behavious of their characters. There are some pleasingly unexpected twists as the plot reaches its denouement but it is the pairing of Sarah and Di that makes Casting the First Stone an enjoyable read. Spirited and engaging, the novel ends with the ballsy pair plotting their next heist together. Count us in (Sunday Express)

[A] wonderfully atmospheric tale (Shots)

One of our best crime writers...Dark and twisty, this is an elegant and thrilling read (Catholic Herald)

Like all Fyfield's work, this is an elegant, original and subtle crime novel and highly recommended (Literary Review)

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A haunting, seaswept psychological thriller, Casting the First Stone continues the adventures of Di from the acclaimed Gold Digger.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751549703
  • Publisher: Sphere (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Just over a year ago I bought Gold Digger as a result of a review. I liked it so much I gave to everyone as a Christmas present, and read some ten more of Frances Fyfield's books. Some turned out to be among the best thrillers that I have read, particularly The Nature of the Beast, The Playroom and The Art of Drowning. There are some irritations, particularly the style: sentences little bursts, never a verb unless absolutely necessary. There was also Shadows on the Mirror, a Sarah Fortune book, marred by the fact that the author seemed to find her main character much more fascinating than she made her for me, anyway - though maybe it would be different for a woman.

The events of Casting the First Stone follow those of Gold Digger. Unfortunately the book has all the problems of Shadows on the Mirror. Not a lot happens; most of the book taking place inside the heads of the various characters, who all apparently think in harrumphing short sentences without verbs and who are not nearly as interesting as we are expected to find them. Indeed, you often find yourself thinking, now which one is this, a problem for which the word-search function in Kindle is tailor-made. It has all the features of a book where the author has fallen in love with her creations, which is always a bad development.

And at the end we are promised a third instalment.

At her best Frances Fyfield is a writer who can make you feel totally disorientated; she can be very strange and very frightening. She has a capacity, shown in Gold Digger, for baddies who have absolutely no redeeming features at all and who yet work in a book full of real complex people.
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I found the characters to be as unbelievable as the story line and struggled to finish it - which I only did so because it was a book club choice. Two women, only one of whom is apparently going to commit the actual burglary they are intent on, hiding in the basement of a building patrolled by guards, amuse themselves by making as much noise as possible by singing, shouting and banging on pipes!!!! I also found it hard to believe that someone hiding from the police in a bathroom of someone else's home thinks it is "logical" to take a shower. From the title one might have assumed some sort of biblical analogy but all it seemed to refer to is that the main character was really good at throwing stones, although the only stone-throwing she did was into the sea.

This is the second in what I assume is to be a series about an odd group of people. I read the first one, "Gold Digger" (again, an inappropriate title because the main character was shown to be anything but) and disliked it slightly less because I had not yet met the characters. I will not read a third.
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Frances always relates her stories with great insight of people and how they interrelate. This story does not disappoint. She has a wonderful breadth in her use of English, sadly lacking in many writers today.
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