Figures in a (boring) Landscape,
This review is from: Mud, Muck and Dead Things: Campbell & Carter Mystery 1 (Campbell and Carter) (Kindle Edition)
As a great fan of Granger's Mitchell and Markby novels, I nonetheless realised they were coming to the end of the road. The on-off love affair couldn't be sustained much longer, and once Mitchell became Mrs Superintendent Markby, she could hardly go haring off investigating crime on her own. So a new crime-fighting duo was called for - but, sadly, Campbell and Carter are not it. Campbell is bad enough - she lives in a physical and emotional vacuum - no lover complaining about her long hours, no girlfriends dragging her out for a drink or retail therapy, no mother nagging her about getting married/eating properly/visiting more often. Campbell works and presumably eats and sleeps, but barely exists off the page. But if Campbell is poorly drawn, Carter is hardly "drawn" at all - the first description of him as a "grey-haired fellow" could apply to the whole "character" - he's barely visible. Is he married, single, divorced? Does he play golf or is he passionate about opera? Does he exist at all? Neither of them come "off the page", and I really didn't care very much. Oddly, the only two characters of any interest were (not to give too much away!) briefly and tantalisingly glimpsed, then played no further part in proceedings - as far as I can recall!
Granger is generally a competent, if not brilliant, writer but, frankly, there was at least one occasion when I could almost feel her "grinding" away at her computer to get the words on the page. And, surprisingly, she seems to drive a coach and horses through police procedure - don't the police need search warrants to enter people's properties without their consent?
All in all, a very disappointing successor to the Mitchell and Markby series, hence the suggested alternative title - "Figures in a Landscape" - for that's all they are, and yes, it is a boring one!