A Piece of Justice (Imogen Quy Mystery 2) Paperback – 21 Sep 2006
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A jewel in the traditional English detective mode... Ms. Morse has arrived (Observer)
Imogen Quy positively sparkles on the page as an amateur sleuth. (Sunday Express)
In Imogen Quy, the author has created an admirable detective heroine, as unabashed as she is unaffected. (Times Literary Supplement)
Paton Walsh plots deftly and writes intelligently . . . Sayers' many fans will be delighted. (Andrew Taylor, Independent)
Jill Paton Walsh demonstrates that the traditional ingredients of the woman sleuth, the academic background and a clever puzzle are still capable of being arranged into an entertaining and stimulating crime novel. (Manchester Evening News)
Booker shortlisted author Jill Paton Walsh returns with the second Imogen Quy mysterySee all Product Description
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Jill Paton Walsh delivers beautifully crafted plots that are populated with wonderful English characters. Jill Patton Walsh is the only author in this genre that challenges the mind while touching the heart - a truly remarkable achievement.
The greatest mystery is: why aren't all these novels best sellers.
Perhaps it is because the literary establishment is content with the paper thin characters, weak dialogue and flat personalities of Wexford [Ruth Rendell] and Dalgliesh [P D James].
Perhaps it is because the publishers choose quotations [for the book covers] that damn with faint praise.
Perhaps it is because the main protagonist is female.
I really don't know - but I do know that reading these books was a real treat.
You have to suspend a lot of disbelief in this book. Firstly, you have to accept that Imogen will carry on investigating, often at her own inconvenience, just out of some sort of curiosity. You also have to accept that she discovers a big clue through a massive coincidence that means that she recognises a place in a photograph and can find assistance there (the inhabitants of rural Wales may not appreciate being shown as such reclusive and unworldly people either). There is also a major part of the plot about a mathematical problem that the author keeps nicely vague but where the resolution is quite unbelievable.
Putting all this aside and deciding to accept the coincidences in the plot then this is a well told and entertaining novel with an intelligent and attractive heroine. The plot moves along at a fast pace and the author has a good sense of location and describes the landscape of Cambridge and the other locations very well. Everything ties together in a satisfying manner by the end. Not a great of detective fiction but entertaining enough
Imogen Quy is a sort of cross between Miss Marple and Inspector Morse, if that's possible. The erudition of Colin Dexter's Oxford-based tomes are clearly referenced here, with these books based in Cambridge, while Quy (the protagonist) is an amateur and definitely not a policewoman.
The plot of this is fairly pedestrian and not exactly exciting and actually, I found Imogen Quy a little patronising, always calling people "my dear child". She's also constantly internally moaning about being eternally single and a lost love.
There are some nice touches and it's written with a certain flair, using nice language, but if you want good British detective fiction, I'd go for a Morse novel, or one of countless others. Paton Walsh should stick to her original furrow...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very stylish "crime candy". Good plotting, characters, mise-en-scene.Published 22 months ago by Nerissa Roehrs
Good story. Very descriptive. Strong characterisation. Recommended.Published 22 months ago by Susan
2nd in the Imogen Quy mysteries. Excellent. A little less predictable that the first in the series.
Only cost a penny but was almost in brand new condition.