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Shattered Clues by [Hodgkinson, Mel]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2512 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLC2K7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you've enjoyed the recent Ripper Street series then you will love this book. The story clips along at a good pace and is well written. The descriptions definitely evoke a feeling of the era and the characters are well rounded.
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Who killed the corpse in the alley by the notorious gambling den and who killed the brother of the surgeon conducting the autopsy.? One by one the inspector hero paintakingly and dispassionately dissects each unexpected clue as it crops up, and they keep cropping up, each time forcing him to adjust his previous theory. And there is Constable Wihers, his Morse-like sidekick deferentially throwing a spanner in the works.. You have to keep a lot of characters and locations, not to mention railway times, in your head to follow the plot.
Don't expect much re-creation of the atmospherics mid-Vicorian London, as n for example, Lynn Shepherd's "Tom All Alones" or the recent Ripper series on TV. For the Inspector/narrator these are a given. It is the old fashioned detective work without CCTV, mobiles, and DNA in the early days of the Met that fascinated me.
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I had quite a lot going on when I started reading this book, not least of which was waiting for a builder to come round and fix my crumbling chimney which was slowly disintegrating into my living room. It is a testament to just how good this book is that instead of panicking about the chimney that was literally falling down around my feet that I instead got well and truly immersed into the story and was given a start by the builder ringing the door bell.

From the opening page and the discovery of a dead body without a name you are led into the wonderfully rich and textured streets of Victorian England. Inspector Drewes is a wonderfully engaging character to narrate the unfolding events with a supporting cast of likeable colleagues to assist him.

The mystery itself twists and turns before reaching its eventual end and you'll be sad when it does - in this instance the journey being just as much fun as the destination.

Other reviewers have mentioned Ripper Street, Sherlock Holmes and Dickens and I would wholeheartedly agree with them. It is an engaging read, written by someone who clearly loves books. Sometimes the best and most rewarding books can occasionally be heavy going before you settle into them and their world. What I really loved about this book is that it was so very accessible, a story that pulled you in from the very beginning, but at no point does it assume that the reader is not intelligent enough to keep up with it. I found myself reminded of reading Terry Pratchett as a teenager and the delight of coming across a couple of words that are not commonly used in general language but which are fantastic for the purposes of the story being told.
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Well researched, without overburdening the reader with local colour and historical details inserted for the sake of making it look and sound authentic. I guessed the identity of the perpetrator quite early on - not quite sure whether I was meant to or not! It is well written, and draws the reader into another century and into the beginnings of police practice. A rewarding read.
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There is a great deal of period detail and description in this novel which really immerses you in the period. Hodgkinson is an excellent storyteller and it really grips you from the word go. An intelligent murder mystery that keeps you guessing and which builds to an exciting climax.
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A new one to me but the pieces finally came together with some interesting twists. Although set in late 19th century there was not
an over descriptive focus on events and mores of the time. The sleuth was well portrayed and not eccentric.
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The main police characters are likeable and well drawn.
The plot is torturous, labyrinthine and perhaps a tad over complicated - but kept me reading at a pace.

As with many books introduced as free on Amazon I am loathe to be too critical - but if ever a book wanted a kindly proof reader it's this one.
I was frequently jolted & ejected from the narrative by incorrect pronouns (or persons) and missing words.

Why a publisher would deliver a book in this condition is beyond me.
A writer as good as Mel Hodgkinson deserves better service.

But having said all that I enjoyed this book and am about to buy the next in the series.
The first few pages of Shattered Clues are beautifully crafted, should the author sustain that quality of writing throughout an entire novel I am likely to run out of superlatives in future reviews!
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I enjoyed this novel immensely having recently read the Sherlock Homes books. The story kept me guessing and I liked the unraveling of the clues, a mystery aimed at adult readers with a bit of intelligence! I look forward to reading more of Inspector Drewes' mysteries.
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