- Paperback: 393 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1521002207
- ISBN-13: 978-1521002209
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is also a delightful sampling of life on the South coast, a mingling of French and English culture, complete with several musical references strummed into the text.
For those keen on tucking into a mystery which weaves fish and chips, and police procedure, this is one for you.
Most of the expansive cast of characters live in or near the fictional ‘Biscuit Town’ on England’s South Coast near Brighton. Although at first the inhabitants of this town seem only loosely connected – a household of students, a local firefighter and his mother, a local copper, a ne’er-do-well skinhead, a dog-walker and her mother – Pollard masterfully knits together a plot that links their lives with those in the more exotic jet-setting world of the super-rich and their glamorous spouses. We are also introduced to the activists behind the fictional (at least it’s fictional as far as I know) website ‘corporatespunger.co.uk’ which is dedicated to exposing tax avoiders and exploiters of cheap labour. The author is inviting us to guess about their involvement in the murders, while savouring the irony of the website potentially being bought by an established tech company for big bucks. The formerly idealistic founder of the site is tempted to sell out.
The reader sees events unfolding through the eyes of the characters. The book is divided into six chapters, each of which is sub-divided into sections. Each section usually begins with a different character’s point of view, the style of prose reflecting that character’s background and outlook on the world. It sometimes takes a bit of time for the reader to work out whose eyes we are looking through at a given point. This gets easier as the book progresses since we can spot characters that like tea, others who prefer coffee and muffins and a couple of characters that mix in abundant expletives with their descriptions of events. We understand the decisions they make because we know about the past events that have shaped their lives.
I realised it was more political satire than murder mystery and it works very well, tempering righteous anger with humour. The author understands how the build up of detail fleshes out characters and how people rub sparks off each other and unknowingly impact on the lives of others. An entertaining read with bite.
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