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Exit Stage Left (Kempston Hardwick Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What I mean is that Mr Croft captures the essence of British village life so accurately I was sniffing the barmaid's apron within the first page or so (with my kindle on large print!). I swear I used to work with Hardwick at some point during my 23years @ Marconi - and there were always at leas a couple of Ellis Flints in every department. In essence, these characters (and their relentless pedantry and use of ten big words where 5 small ones would suffice) is so ingrained in British culture (along with Benny Hill, Diana Dors et al) that every word resonated (at a high frequency, with a rather large amplitude). Wow, three sets of brackets (that braces for all our US readers) in one sentence. Pretty spectacular stuff.
So yeah, if you want a "light read" and aren't prepared to put a bit of effort into pond translations, this probably isn't the right book for you.
If you want to recapture the sights, smells and sounds of that happy time you spent in Blighty, slip into a patched cardi, light up your pipe and enjoy.
I was confused about when it was supposed to be set though, it’s not Victorian or 1920/1930 all the way through or even more modern, more a mish-mash of all aspects of those eras.
I was also a bit muddled as how the two men got together and then stay together as they don't seem to like each other very much considering it was a rather chance meeting at the sight of the death of Charlie Sparks during his routine.
I downloaded this book from a Facebook free offer for which I thank the author.
Poor storyline. Soo unrealistic. Description of various buildings & items was laughable, storyline was mish mash. Poor poor. Give it a miss
We are initially introduced to Kempston in a pub, the Freemason's Arms, where he strikes up a conversation with Ellis Flint. Charlie Sparks, a has been celebrity who at the height of his fame performed at Royal Variety performances, is scheduled to do a live show at the pub that evening.
Kempston is an amateur detective and an alliance is quickly formed with Flint as a sidekick as they become involved in investigating the sudden death of Sparks at the start of his performance.
This novella can comfortably be read in a couple of hours and I read it in an afternoon.
Adam Croft has an excellent writing style, which is becoming more and more refined with each publication - not that it was deficient, it's more his skills are being enhanced with every story!
It is certainly an easy read and it wasn't until I'd almost reached the end - 93 per cent through the story to be exact! - that I had a light bulb moment and worked out exactly how the murder had been committed.
A very clever piece of writing!
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Kempston Hardwick seems to be a gentleman detective. He teams up with a friendly bloke called Ellis Flint in a pub when the evenings entertainment Charlie Sparks suddenly dies in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kiki
I love all Adam Croft's books. They have very good storylines and keep you wanting to find out what comes next.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer