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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the slightly different setting for this crime thriller and I find the topic of cults and less than mainstream religions quite intriguing. This set it up to be a book I could really enjoy. The story moved at a reasonable lick and some of the descriptions of the crime scenes were a bit gory if matter of fact, which is no bad thing in my opinion. I think there was room for a little more on the subject of how the dead soldiers became involved with the preacher who becomes of particular interest to Crane but otherwise the balance of providing information and progressing the plot was pretty good.
For about three quarters of the book I was really enjoying the read, and didn't want to put it down but Crane isn't always likeable and one particular revelation towards the end really affected the empathy I had with the character. It seemed either at odds with what had happened earlier or suggested he was a much darker character than I had thought. Whichever it was I felt it tainted the ending and I put the book down and started the review with a much lower rating in mind than I had expected from the bulk of the book.Read more ›
As a first novel it is really great and I have just downloaded 40 days and 40 nights, Wendy's second story. Crane is a genuinely believable hero, and the story background is very true to life.
It's hard to fault for plot, building tension well with plenty of twists and turns. I found it easy to empathise with the main character, Sgt Major Crane, too.
However, the book really needs the attentions of a good editor. The text is littered with tense switches and there are more than a few wrong word choices and the odd homophone too. Shame as this really could be a four or even five star book.
Sgt Major Crane is a Special Investigation Branch (SIB) Detective in the British Army's Royal Military Police (RMP) Corps, based in the Aldershot Garrison; he's a very experienced and well travelled soldier, who takes his job very seriously.
In our first outing with Sgt Major Crane, there are a number of similar murder cases including families all ending in a suicide by the perpetrator - of whom all are serving soldiers, stationed in different barracks around the UK. Crane painstakingly travels back and forth to connect the cases and find the cause. A collection of religious pamphlets leads him to an evangelistic church - could there be a connection?
Nothing has prepared him or his team for this case.
Steps to Heaven: A Sgt Major Crane Novel
Wendy's crime series Sgt Major Crane draws on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army. wendycartmell.webs.com
As reviewed by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald, in the October issue of An Cosantoir (The Defender) - the official magazine of the Irish Defence Force - dfmagazine.ie
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't get into this book, because I prefer well written fiction. In the first few pages we have the main character shivering in his kitchen in AUGUST and later meeting a Staff... Read morePublished 9 months ago by I don't normally submit reviews, but...
A really good read. Some nice twists along the way. Author shows her experience of military life and differences between military and civilian police methodology. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian
Now that I have discovered Wendy Cartmell’s books I am a big fan. Her writing is crisp and well paced, her characters well developed, the inter-action between them flows well, and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Yvonne Crowe
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.Very interesting and full of action.
Took a while to get into the plot but once you reach that it just gets better and better,
Only 25% through yet, and the story line holds promise. I rarely leave a book unfinished, but am coming close with this one !!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gareth
I received this book to review on Kindle. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few typos which were slightly annoying, but the plot kept you on the edge of your... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Deenuts
Appalling punctuation, grammar and sentence construction made me give up after a few pages. I can forgive quite a lot but this was just too dreadful to read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C M Hudson
Fairly well written novel but I found the plot and the characters unconvincing. The whole book really did not hold together and I shall not continue with the series.Published 17 months ago by Susie
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