Western Approaches (Jimmy Suttle 1) Hardcover – 27 Dec 2012
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Hurley is a giant of British police procedural novels, and with Western Approaches we find an author on top of his game. As good as, if not better than Peter James and Ian Rankin. (Mark Timlin CRIME TIME)
This is another cracker from Graham Hurley...This is a very good opportunity to climb aboard and savour this writer's very addictive series. Brilliant. (CRIMESQUAD)
Graham Hurley's determination to look the seamy reality full in the face is refreshing because so rare...Hurley's devastating account of Suttle's marriage is one of the best things he has done. (Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Skillfully combining murder mystery and police procedural drama with a West Country travelogue, this is a satisfying read. (SUNDAY MIRROR)
D/S Jimmy Suttle is on the edge ... The launch of a stunning series from one of the UK's most critically acclaimed crime writers.See all Product Description
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Unfortunately, there's not enough in this book to whet the appetitie from the kick off. Is a body beneath a balcony suicide or murder? All bar Suttle believe it's suicide but because of this, the development of the possibilities that it is murder take place so slowly, it's a bit of a struggle to keep one's interest, the more so because Suttle's wife, Lizzie has decided she doesn't like the country life in a ramshackle house and spends half the book whingeing. She finds a new lease of life in the arms and oars of the rowing club members, much to the obvious distate of her husband.
Graham Hurley has always brought individual interests into his books. With Faraday it was bird watching and a disadvantaged son. Now it's the turn of the rowing environment. I'm not sure this a good thing. There's only so much you can say about rowing to a non-rower before one's eyes glaze over. Fortunately, the second half of the book is more like the 'old style' as Suttle has to cope with several strands to his busy life. I once misnamed Suttle as Scuttle.Read more ›
Which is a shame, an opportunity missed. There's no drive here, no sense of starting again. In setting the novel in Exmouth [where he lives] and its ocean-rowing club [of which I'm sure he's a member] Hurley's gone to a comfort zone. And strangely, such places can be dangerous.
There are one or two glimpses of what might have been - a headless body is found near Bodmin, a couple found dead in their Sidmouth flat but they're only mentioned in passing. It's a pity that Portsmouth was even mentioned. And towards the end, something happens which makes it a whole heap worse. And I couldn't take to Lizzie at all. The DI, Houghton, shows promise, as does the femme fatale in Plymouth but I do feel we've got to stop going east of Honiton!
In his 'Thankyou' page at the end, Hurley appears to echo all this, showing much uncertainty about where we all go from here. I'll look forward to his next book, as ever, but I hope that by then he'll have a clearer idea of his writing future.
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This author writes a very gripping story set on the southcoast of England, His stories are compelling and keep your interest until the very last page.Published 3 months ago by D.G.
A good start for Jimmy Suttle, following on from Faraday/WinterPublished 11 months ago by N. S. Lane
A good spin off to the previous series with a nice twist at the endPublished 12 months ago by Happyshopper
Having read all the Faraday and Winter series I was apprehensive about this new series. No probs. Yes there were echoes in the posh flat. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susan McDermott