Top positive review
Intelligent and multi layered psycho story!
on 4 January 2012
Having got into Russell through his Lennox stories I was expecting these Munich based police tales to be more of the same. They are not. These are much more multi layered, serious and complex. Lennox is a bit of solo act where as Jan Fabel leads a team of crack police men and women all with different back stories and attitudes which makes a tasty bread sandwich in which the meaty murders themselves can sit between!
I always find murder mysteries incredibly hard to review because I want to give absolutely nothing away. What I can tell you is that the author uses 'points of view' very well here, so we get an insight into the killers mind and motives without knowing which of the suspects they are.
What I also like is that stories in the lives of the police team are picked up and moved along from where they finished last time so for readers new to the series you would be advised to read them in order or be left scratching your head a bit in a few places though not enough to be excluded from the drama.
I think this is a step up from Russell's first book. It's more of a nail biter and he involves the reader far more in the murder themselves this time by putting us into the head of the victems rather than them being just corpses as they were last time out. The 'Grimms Fairy tale' plot was also an eiry and clever bit of background.
I am very much a fan of Russell's writing and now a fan of this series too. I will be back to it very shortly!