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When another privatre eye contacts Reed Ferguson and says he wants to talk, Ferguson is surprised - he doesn't know the man. But Noel Farrell doesn't show for their meet and very soon Ferguson is accused of a murder he didn't commit and forced, with a little help from his friends, to prove his innocence. But it was never going to be easy. There's a whole group of people determined not to be found out, and the intrepid detective doesn't even know what the murder victim had wanted to tell him.
This series of books by Renee Pawlish has long attracted this reader by the superb titles, all based on Hollywood noir. Ferguson is a lover and collector of memorabilia of the genre and frequent references are made to books and films as well as the actors and heroes of this period, like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Despite having several of the books in my to read library, however, that is where they have stayed. Until, that is, I saw that this story was not just in audio but also read by the excellent Johnny Peppers. His warm voice, nicely paced and perfect for Ferguson, really helps carry the story to it's dramatic ending.
Sweet Smell of Sucrets is fast actions and simply written with the trademark staccato sentences, and attention is also paid to the characterisation of the main protagonists. Although the story itself is certainly lacking in credibility, it is still a good yarn, true to it noir roots and easy on the ears, thanks to the narration. It is fast, sometimes funny and overall, to be recommended.