- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4625 KB
- Print Length: 428 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997889217
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grey Cells Press (1 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K3CXVGY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #662,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is Margot Kinberg's third Joel Williams book, but the first I've read. Margot and I are long-time buddies via our blogs, so you will have to assume that there may be a level of bias in this review, but as always I shall try to be as honest as I can.
Joel Williams is an ex-police detective now working as a Professor in Criminal Justice in the fictional university town of Tilton, PA. He still has lots of contacts with his old colleagues in the police department and can't resist using his inside knowledge of the University when a corpse turns up on campus.Read more ›
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There is something particularly engaging about the concept of cold cases. Somehow their secrets are even more intriguing than those of present-day cases and they offer an insight over and above a standard whodunit. The exploration of how long-past events can have ripple effects into the present – for victims, relatives, friends and perpetrators – is endlessly fascinating if the number of novels, movies and TV shows which feature this concept are anything to go by. In PAST TENSE we meet several people who are still, in some way, impacted by the events of the past. Bryan’s younger sister has never had any kind of answers about his sudden disappearance from their family life. Bryan was pursuing several students and a professor for a story he was writing for the student newspaper. The things he wanted them to discuss are still, today, painful for them all. And then there’s his lover who was petrified of their relationship being made public. All the people who knew Bryan have some emotions to deal with now that his body has been found, not just his killer and it this element that gives the book its dramatic sensibility and allows readers to connect with the book. Who among us doesn’t have a secret or two they would rather remain unexamined by the prying eyes of the present.
Kinberg is at home with the classic whodunit style of crime fiction and that shows here. PAST TENSE is in many ways a fine example of the genre, though its particular twist is that the investigation occurs almost in relay with Joel Williams doing his share of the work and two active police officers carrying out those parts of the investigation that it would stretch credibility for an amateur sleuth to do. Even a former professional sleuth. I really like this aspect of the novel because it deals intelligently with the problem often presented by amateur sleuth-led stories.
From its gorgeous cover onwards PAST TENSE is a terrific book, especially for those who love a classic mystery. It’s got an interesting suspect pool guaranteed to keep you guessing, engaging investigators, a focus on a fascinating period of history and a solidly constructed plot that is both surprising and satisfying. There’s even a body found by a dog walker (though I suppose technically he’s a dog runner in this instance). Top reading.
The discovery of a skeleton leads to an investigation into the disappearance of a student 40 years earlier. And then one of the people the student was friendly with is murdered. So the police investigation hovers between the cold case and the present case, with the detectives becoming convinced that the two cases are related.
Once a detective, always a detective. Joel Williams can't help himself. Especially when he is the one who discovers the second body. Bringing a slightly different perspective to the investigation, as well as a good knowledge of the Tilton campus, Williams adds to what the police know and leads eventually to the arrest of a murderer.
I liked the characterisation of the detectives, and the empathy with their relationship. The plotting is tight and the plot threads are well carried through.