Hello there! I'm at my friend's house looking after her dog today. While he's having a well deserved nap, I'm watching an old episode of Morse - it's got raspy-voiced Roberta Taylor that I remember from Eastenders about 10 years ago when I used to watch it. She's playing Sheila Williams, the mistress of Theodore Kemp a randy, womanising archeologist played by Simon Callow.
|are you looking at me crazy lady?|
Yes, there's a murder in it. Yes, there are a range of characters that could have perpetrated the crime - let's call them 'suspects'. But the thing is, there's no need for suspicion at all. It's blinking obvious who the culprit is! In both of the books! So the most important, enthralling and interesting element is missing - DETECTION.
Now I realise that this makes it sound a bit like Columbo. But in that classic tv series even though we know all along 'who dunnit', at least we see the perpetrator trying to cover up their crime. Which gives Columbo something to unravel and solve. That cat and mouse game is exactly what provides interest, you're able to see how clever each of the protagonists are in their respective roles.
|Just one more thing...|
|nice book cover, shame about the story|
All in all I don't think I'll be in a massive rush to get another of the author's books. Which is a real shame as there seem to be loads of them available! Oh well!