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on 5 May 2013
By the impression of the cover, I thought this was a cozy style murder mystery, so my disappointment is probably my own fault for not reading the blurb and the reviews properly. & I should have remembered that 'dark and edgy' normally means sleezy and miserable. Personally, I don't see the need to make every character and their relationship unhappy, deformed or sexually perverted (or a mixture of several of those elements). Now I know some people like those kind of books and fans of Caroline Graham will probably appreciate this book, but it just makes me feel rather grubby.
I'm not a fan of this multi-person narrative that flits from the present to the past and back again, to get 'into' the minds of the protagonists - there are some books that pull this off but not this one. I'm sure its all very artistic stuff but again, not for me.
There is no doubt that the writer has an accomplished style of prose that is very artistic and descriptive and the play on Greek mythology is a clever one, but personally I like my detective stories to be detective stories. Call me old fashioned but I like clues, red herrings, twists, turns and an array of different characters and suspects. This is a story about a death yes and has a detective nee investigator yes, but that's it - otherwise its a foray into the minds and characters of the people in the story - none of which are particularly likeable and most of which are downright depressing. The setting, the characters, all of it was just relentless decaying misery. Which again, is fine if you enjoy that kind of thing but I just prefer something a little more upbeat and entertaining.