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on 11 November 2015
Mmmmmm....... difficult to describe how this collection made me feel. Irritated is probably the best word. The stories were initially confusing but did get better the more I read - sometimes I had to read a passage a couple of times to actually get the nuances. Plots were interesting with good twists and I liked the way that Mark Dawson hinted at the back story rather than explained it in detail. The way real, historical, figures were let into the stories was a neat device but remember this is a story, not history - Jack Spot lived to be an old man. Does Edward's story continue in another book? I'd like to see what happens to him.
What really irritated me though was the sloppy attention to detail and poor proof reading. The use of language and phrases that just didn't exist in the 40's, the wrong spelling of whisky - Scotch whisky isn't spelt with an 'e', coppers brewing coffee and not drinking tea, American terms rather than the correct British ones, the wrong characters being referenced in the text - all minor details in their own way but boy, did they all start to grate towards the end. It just gave the impression of a sloppy production job.
Overall, the series was OK and I'll dive in to some more of his books to see how/if the writing has improved.