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Rack, Ruin and Murder: Campbell & Carter Mystery 2 (Campbell and Carter) Kindle Edition
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between the two main characters which is mildly irritating in a modern world. An easy read.
I must admit that at first, I was not at all sure that I wanted to finish reading the book, but am glad that I persevered.
I like Ann's style of writing, even though my initial impressions led me to imagine the action to be taking place in America rather than in this country! (Goodness only knows why!)
Her characters seem very real and individual; the book contains humour, intrigue, poignancy and the entire story is one which is easily followed. Many facets of it are so true to life, too.
Overall, I recommend this novel and its author and will certainly add Ann Granger to my list of 'must look for' authors.
The mystery was intriguing (an unknown dead body found in an old man’s isolated house) and I was wondering where it was going to go. But at the end there was an unexpected (and very unlikely) confession that wrapped everything up too neatly. I felt a bit cheated by that as I was expecting something a bit cleverer. Also, the very final scene was a bit too much.
Overall, it was enjoyable enough and I would read another in the series, but I won't be actively seeking it.
The strap line on the front cover, ‘A dead body shatters the tranquility of a Cotswold village’], sets the scene and places the reader firmly in Agatha Christie country. Here the country manor, Balaclava House, is decrepit and belongs to disagreeable Monty Bickerstaffe, impoverished heir to a biscuit manufacturer. Returning home after visiting the supermarket and pub, he finds a dead body sitting on his sofa, a body he has never seen before. Enter Campbell, Carter and the rather plodding Sergeant Phil Morton.
Balaclava House is isolated and the cast of neighbouring farmers and petrol station workers is supplemented by Bickerstaffe’s estranged daughter, Belinda, his granddaughter, Tansy, and a property developer and his wife. All are deftly drawn, although tending to creep into stereotypes, and there is little development of their personalities. As the police investigation proceeds, the corpse is identified and the secrets of Balaclava House, somewhat far-fetched, and of the locals are revealed.
The plot is well thought through, if a little contrived, right through to the twist on the final page. The fractious relationships between Monty, the much-married Belinda and Tansy are nicely drawn as is the backstory of Monty’s youth and his failed marriage to a neighbour’s daughter.Read more ›
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Well pleased with this book and it was a good and thoroughly enjoyable read.Published 17 months ago by jane
I have this in a Kindle version and my usual objection to Kindle applies; sometimes they're there and sometimes they've gone off into cyberspace. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. G. Daniels
brilliant the second book in the series love all anne granger book as very good read get to no all the charactersPublished on 25 May 2014 by denise
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