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Well written book that wallows in its own depression for 374 pages.
on 25 January 2017
Being a cosy crime reader - I only venture into post 1960s crime & detection novels now and then. This novel was one I spotted in H. R. F. Keating's Crime & Mystery the 100 Best Books (1987). I really liked the setting and idea of the storyline - in theory this should have been a five star novel - however the characters and their personalities & histories were so well padded out (unnecessarily so) that it made the novel seem never ending (374 pages). Many of the characters were depressive and seemed to have lost their way in life including Daggliesh which made for a somewhat dull read. Both of the above points meant that in the end I struggled to finish the book and yes I could see that it was well written but that was of no benefit to me as it was way too long and depressive for me.