The TV Detective (The TV Detective Series) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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About the Author
Simon Hall is the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area. This is the fourth novel in his TV Detective series. Simon is 40 years old and lives with his wife in Exeter.
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Based on the experiences of writer Simon Hall, the stories give a technical insight in to the making of rolling news while introducing the characters which deepen in the subsequent books. It also delivers a proper murder mystery which conforms to the highest standards of murder mystery writing.
Professionally written, this book is smooth and easy to read and will satisfy all murder mystery enthusiasts. The series means there is progress in the characters. A commitment to the first one sets the reader up for the other titles.
After three successful stories featuring the TV Detective, novelist Simon Hall has a great time rewriting one of his own stories. Hall's first novel A Popular Murder is quite difficult (and expensive) to obtain so the writer has based this novel around its central plot involving a disliked businessman murdered in strange surcumstances.
However there are plenty of new plot threads (and twists) that never featured in the original so even if you've read A Popular Murder this story is well worth a read. It is tighter in structure than its previous incarnation & contains many humerous moments.
Some author characterisations detract from the plot, but Simon Hall's characters drive the story & come across as real people, not the cradboard cutouts usually found in many of today's crime thrillers. Hall promises another novel later this year, and I for one cannot wait.
Reading it as a story, much of it was more than competent, certainly entertaining (what more could one ask?) and having read a later one in the series I wanted to be in at the beginning with the relationship between Dan and Adam. Insight into the doings of a crme reporter original and interesting.
The editing errors were also very annoying, so many times there was no space between a word and the "and" that followed!