Dead in the Water (Campbell and Carter Mystery)
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The storyline itself is okay. There were one or two moments where my interest perked up but on the whole I found myself skim reading, not a good sign that a book is as absorbing as it should be - I want to be gripped! I did find myself smiling over Carter worrying about having a "spud" in his socks, haven't heard that term for donkeys but it's a bit sad that's about the highlight of the tale for me!
It's a shame because I honestly don't know why this series just doesn't grip me like others by this author. So will I give book five a go? As I used to adore the Fran Varady series & have read some of Mitchell & Markby ones over & over I somehow feel I owe it to Granger not to give up, so yes I guess I will but ONLY if I happen across one, I certainly won't be making an effort to track a copy down.
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It's the first book I've read by Granger, who seems an expert of the ‘tell, don’t show’ school, and to call the characters two-dimensional does injustice to straight lines. She’s obviously a lover of the golden age mysteries, and this book has a similar ‘cosy’ feel, but that just doesn’t work when you’re writing in the present day. The police investigation that Campbell and Carter carry out would be so flawed! And I just couldn’t put that to one side. And, sin of sins, the suspects are all part of a writing group. This book had the feeling of being a product from a writing group, and it all just made me cringe. I read it all the way through, and I rather wish I hadn’t.
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This one really didn't work for me. I enjoyed the first third of it, in a mindless sort of way, but the suspension of disbelief required of the reader from that point onwards was just too much.
For example, why did the exclamation mark-loving coppers settle on the writers' group as their main set of suspects? Because they had once been to the pub in which the victim used to work and some of them knew her by name. And that's meant to be suspicious in a small village community? They didn't think it was worth speaking to anyone else who was in the pub on that or any other night? It wasn't even the night the victim was killed. This bothered me throughout the whole book. I was waiting for it to turn out that the police were on completely the wrong track but of course, the police don't make major procedural errors in cosy mystery land, and eventually the killer unmasks herself...
Yes, herself. Despite female murderers, acting alone and under nobody else's influence, being vanishingly rare, here we have yet another one. To add insult to injury, this one is motivated by sexual jealousy and is described throughout as "batty". You would have hoped for a bit more sensitivity of language in this day and age.
Not a success and not the sort of thing that would motivate me to seek out more by the same author.