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After buying on this sale, I abandoned it as too cliched a detective tale (James/Rendell wannabe), but after starting another Crombie sale acquisition later in the series, I returned to #1 to better understand the Jenna/Duncan backstory - Glad I did! I just finished # 7 - Each gets stronger as a novel, so if you enjoy minimally violent British-set detection with threads of a developing relationship (no explicit sex), you may enjoy this.
I loved Deehey as a narrator, loved Jenny Sterlin when the series adopted her voice (and started incorporating a historical thread in more complex plots), and am really looking forward to the upcoming (early 2013) instalment with Gerard Doyle, once I get to Book 15.
Crombie is still not a Rendell or James, but then, I don't always want to think that much.
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I bought this first book in the series as a deal for $2 and thought I would give it a try based on all the good reviews. Glad I didn't spend more than that and that the book was short. If you are not a fan of the Agatha Christie style of mysteries, with an ensemble cast of characters and one smart detective and his plucky side kick solving murders, I'd give this a pass. The story was told at a distance--with everyone kept at more than arms length. Characters are hard to keep track of as they are so sketchy there isn't enough information to hold on to. Then just when nothing makes any sense the detective "solves" the case sweeping away all the red herrings. What a total bore.
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