Friday, 9 October 2009

Review:- Katherine JOHN – “A Well-deserved Murder”

Publ: 2008
Pensby Library
ISBN: 978 1906125141
Genre: Crime
Pages: 312p
Found by Serendipity
Rating: ***** **

What led you to pick up this book?
it was on the new crime books shelf in the library and the blurb sounded good.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
This is the sixth in the Trevor Joesph series. Sergeant Peter Collins' cousin, journalist and photographer, Alan Piper, is living next door to the neighbour from Hell - a nymphomaniac called Kacy - and her apparently gay husband. She builds a deck that overlooks his patio and monitors his every movement. Under the cover of darkness she steals plants and building materials from his garden, but when his gate and gatepost disappear he calls in the police who advise him to put up a CCTV camera. Before he can do so the neighbour is murdered. Inspector Trevor Joseph and Sergeant Peter Collins find themselves wanting to look beyond the obvious suspect for a murder, which Kacy's neighbours have already christened 'justifiable homicide'.

What did you think of the characters and style?
Easy to read and uses fairly stereo-typical policemen.

What did you like most about the book?

It really was a mystery with a number of possible suspects.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?
Very petty of me but I do wish authors would not use character names that have two forenames – one used as a surname. Initially my little brain finds names like Trevor Joseph hard to manage when he gets referred to by both names.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
Pretty average. Or perhaps I should say not pretty!

Would I recommend it?
Yes – a good mystery read.

KATHERINE JOHN is a pseudonym of Catrin Collier. Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked for a while in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.

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