Cambridge is sweltering during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet--"lost" on the left, "found" on the right--and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge and has a failed marriage to prove it.
Surrounded by death, intrigue, and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected...
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Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie
Two-dimensional characters that put me in mind of the Famous Five when they were all grown up. Twee.
Something that doesn't feel like an English Public School creative writing project. And something where at least a few characters are interested in something other than sex.
She caught the accents of the Famous Five types beautifully.
I'm sure lots of people enjoy this kind of style, but it really didn't work for me. I need a fighting chance of at least respecting one of the characters, and I really do need them to come across as real people.