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Hue & Cry: A Hew Cullen Mystery: Book 1 (A Hew Cullan Mystery) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 320 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Age Level: 7 - 9|
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Hew Cullan, the novel's young amateur detective hero, has just returned from France to his native St Andrews and is horrified when an old friend appears to be implicated in the murder of a boy apprentice. Of course nothing is quite as it seems - and the death toll soon begins to mount. Hew is a nicely restrained hero - tolerant, good humoured and diplomatic. The mystery is very well done - full of sensational (but believable) twists and turns - and it is rounded off with a thoroughly satisfying and well earned denouement.
I read Hue and Cry very quickly and was pleased that the novel seems to be planned as the first of a series - I definitely want to find out what Hew Cullan does next ...
However, once I had got into the book, and got to like the main character, Hew Cullan, I found it compelling reading. I would definitely recommend the book to those who like historical novels, whether crime or not, as the period (with all its warts!) is clearly evoked.
Firstly, presumably for the sake of providing a sense of authenticity, the author has the characters speaking in a kind of Shakespearean style language, the more so as the book progressed (or perhaps I only noticed it the further into the book I got). For me, this is completely unnecessary (we know when the story is set and a feel of authenticity is given by frequent reference to the lifestyles and worldviews of the characters in the story) and simply makes the book difficult to read.
Secondly, and most noticeably (and presumably as part of the search for authenticity), the author uses a lot of archaic Scottish words many of which are not in the Kindle dictionary, so you have to guess their meaning from the context. This makes the book even more difficult to read.
Lastly, apart from the specific criticisms raised above, I found the author's style heavy-handed. At times it felt to me like she thought she was writing great literature, using quite poetical language or imagery to describe settings or scenes, which actually made it quite difficult to picture what she was actually trying to describe.
An author's style is very much a matter of personal taste, but I struggled with this book despite it having a good storyline and despite the fact that I read quite a bit of historical crime fiction. I was torn between two stars (style) and three stars (content) but in the end content won over style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is 1579, and the boy-king James VI sits on the Scottish throne, unsure of his power and surrounded by scheming advisors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by breakaway Reviewers
I was a bit put off trying this by the punny title (the main character being called Hew) but thought I;d give it a try and it's a wonderful book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RJ
Local to St Andrews, it was great to relate to locations in the story. A must read for all residents!Published 7 months ago by G Man
I enjoyed the story immensely but, and this is the reason for only four stars, the vocabulary and local dialects proved too much for even the dictionary on my Kindle so I lost some... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann Randall
I made the mistake of reading the fifth book in the series first, so it was good to get back to the beginning of Hew's detective career. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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