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An Evil Shadow - A Val Bosanquet Mystery (The Val Bosanquet Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are a lot of characters in this book, some of whom use aliases, so if you enjoy trying to figure out 'who dunnit it' (or why they 'dun it') before the end of the story then you may find this a challenge. I certainly did, and even at the end I wasn't 100% sure I fully understood it - but that may say more about me than about the story. In addition, having some knowledge of Haitian politics and history would be beneficial; I had to look up who certain groups were to fully appreciate some aspects of the story (e.g. The Tonton Macoute, Mambos, to name just two). Of course in one respect this added to my enjoyment of the book as it was broadening my education!
I did not warm to the main character, Val Bosanquet, or his estranged wife. Having left Val, she now lives with his brother. But she had not divorced Val (on religious grounds I believe) yet she continues to enjoy conjugal relations with him behind his brother's back. Val is portrayed an all action, indestructible, hero who prefers to act as a lone wolf even though he has a huge police force under his command. Somehow, for me, his morals and personality just did not fit with his role and responsibilities.
The writing is simple and straight forward; the chapters vary in length and many finish with a cliff hanger, leaving you to want to keep reading. So, if you enjoy crime thrillers containing a large cast of characters, a complex plot, and plenty of action, then you will probably find this story quite appealing.
x-ray feature a lot. Various people giving warnings (threats ?) by phone or in person to
other characters, made it difficult sometimes to "keep up" - or perhaps I was just tired when
I read the book!
Marie Duval, aged 10, admits killing her mother - but did she?. As the mother was a
voodoo priestess, Marie is given a light sentence. Val Bosanquet is the arresting cop.
10 years on, Val has quit the police force, though I was never sure why. His brother offers him
a security job on the university campus where he teaches. Marie contacts Val to tell him she was
innocent of the murder and tells him who the real killer was. Val is still suspicious, but starts to
investigate. The motive for the killing seems to stem from the violence in Haiti, where several of
the characters had connections.
He meets the various baddies and there are a lot of gunfights, violence, etc. It was interesting to
learn about the "zombie juice" and how/why it was used by the voodoo priests.
This was an o.k. read.
The text must have been fixed, because it's refreshingly free of the egregious spelling and grammar errors mentioned in other reviews. I didn't notice any 'Britishisms', but then I wouldn't, since - like the author - I learned proper English, not American....
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