One Good Turn: A Jolly Murder Mystery
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Jackson Brodie is not your ordinary English crime novel series protagonist. Divorced, middle-aged, a little grumpy but still in good shape, he has achieved his dream of retiring to France. An ex-cop-cum-ex-private detective, he's got a house in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and he has Julia, his actress girlfriend from Cambridge whom he loves, so life should be good. That it's not does not escape Jackson's notice, but the notion is just dawning on him. As the book opens he has accompanied Julia to the Edinburgh Festival, where she will be appearing in an avant-garde play, and he promptly witnesses an incident of road rage. One man is about to beat another to death after a minor traffic accident when a bystander intervenes, which is the good turn of the title and kicks off all the action.
Told alternately through the point of view of the major protagonists — a writer of formula crime novels, a has-been comedian, a female detective, the wife of a crooked real estate developer, and Jackson — the narrative bobs and weaves and connects many dots over the course of the three days covered by the tale. "There are no coincidences, only explanations waiting to happen," Jackson says, and in One Good Turn, he is right. Atkinson reveals elements slowly, however. Associations show themselves piece by piece, as if a covering page was were being slowly drawn back from a picture, the subject of which is not clear until the whole image is laid bare. As a mystery, this book is excellent.
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On its way to another bookcrosser, with the The Women bookring. hope you enjoy it.