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Another good mystery in the series. I do so enjoy a Scottish police - procedural - if this is what it truly is. The author has sprinkled a bit of fairy dust over the main characters. I didn't mind a bit.
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This may be a grippingly good, edge of your seat thriller. I will never know, I got to the end of book 1 and lost the will to listen to any more of it. The narration was boring, stilted and would be better suited for someone looking for a cure for insommnia.
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I think most people like to read books that are set in a background they know well. Coming from a west of Scotland, Jewish background I was always going to be a keen reader of Alex Gray's series featuring a Glasgow cop with a Jewish psychologist sidekick, however unlikely that pairing may be in real police work. However famliarity with the setting can also make one very critical of any inaccuracy in detail. When it comes to audio books the first thing that is subject to scrutiny is a reader's accent(s). Of course there is no problem with long time narrator of the series Bill Dunlop. If you wanted to be hyper-critical you could say that his reading of the famous verse from Tam O' Shanter which features in the book is a little flat and lacking in inflexion compared to how it is normally spoken but that is a very minor quibble. So accents are fine, and the fact that Solomon Brightman is very much a lapsed Jew means that there is little Jewish detail to find fault with either.
It is with the plot that cracks are starting to appear. There was a quite a vogue in '2 killer' books for a while, but I thought its day had come and gone and I was a bit disappointed and surprised that Alex Gray had opted for this device, especially when combined with that other favourite of crime writers, the killing of prostitutes. Sadly this does happen all too often in life, but it really has become more than a cliché in books set in Scotland. Without wishing to give away the ending and the unveiling of the killer, it is hardly new, even within this series. Therein likes my biggest criticism of the A Pound Of Flesh, there is a definite sense of having read it all before.
In general terms female crime writers tend to bring family life into their books than their male counterparts. Ms. Gray has handled this element well up to now, but this male reader gets wary when babies start to feature as is the case here. As the subject says, Good but... it might be time to call it a day.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Jumps around a bit, especially at the start. Too many different perspectives, which affects the flow of the story, I think. I liked the plot though, and Joe Dunlop's performance was solid.
struggled to finish it and the narrator sent me to sleep. very tame in all aspects.